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Football: Wolves seal fifth win on homecoming

The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves are now 5-3 overall and 3-2 in South Lakeland Conference play after claiming a 44-40 win over Hurley on Friday, Oct. 5. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Tyler Maxwell returned a 37-yard kick return in the first quarter of his team's 44-40 win over Hurley on Friday, Oct. 5. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Elmwood/Plum City's Nic Forster and Dalton Binkowski come down with a tackle in their 44-40 win over Hurley on Friday, Oct. 5. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

In an offense-heavy game, one Wolves defensive play sealed Elmwood/Plum City's homecoming win in their guests' final drive of the night.

At third-and-1, Hurley's Jack Santini threw an interception into the arms of Josiah Boyce who helped his team claim a 44-40 victory on Friday, Oct. 5.

The Wolves (5-3, 3-2) trailed Hurley (5-3) 40-36 until the 3:34 mark when Nic Forster ran in a 1-yard touchdown, which was followed by a successful 2-point conversion completed by Noah Gansluckner.

In the first half, EPC and Hurley traded touchdowns on the first five drives of the night until the Wolves managed to hold their opponents at fourth-and-3 to cause the first turnover of the night.

Hurley forced the Wolves' first turnover of the night on the Wolves' final drive of the half by intercepting a pass from Zack Phillips, but the away team was unable to take the lead before the break where they trailed 22-16.

Hurley outscored the Wolves in the second half, but two touchdowns from Forster and one from Tyler Maxwell allowed EPC to end their homecoming on a high note.

The Wolves recorded 327 yards of offense, 315 of which came from their rushing game. Forster recorded 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead his team in the category. Dalton Binkowski added 85 rushing yards on 20 carries and two rushing touchdowns. Maxwell's sole touchdown came on a 35-yard carry in the third quarter.

Phillips threw 2-for-6 for 12 yards. Both of his completed passes were caught by Maxwell.

Binkowski recorded 12.5 tackles on the night to lead the Wolves, but Boyce's late interception will be remembered as the defensive highlight as EPC heads into Week 9 with a 5-3 overall record.

The Wolves will complete their regular season on Friday, Oct. 12, with a home game against Turtle Lake (4-4, 2-3), which will be played at Plum City's field at 7 p.m.

Spring Valley 14, Mondovi 0

After an uncharacteristic Week 7 home loss to Elk Mound, the Spring Valley Cardinals bounced back on Friday, Oct. 5, with a shutout win over Mondovi who was undefeated in Dunn-St. Croix play prior to playing the Cardinals.

The Cardinals (5-3, 4-1) scored the first of two touchdowns on the night in the final 21 seconds of the first half with a 5-yard carry from quarterback Aaron Borgerding. Borgerding then threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Bosshart on the Cardinals' first drive of the fourth quarter, sealing the final score at 14-0.

The Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1) average 27.1 points per game this season, but not when up against the Cardinals' defenders. Santana Schlegel carried the Cardinals with 11 tackles and one interception and played a large part in holding the Buffaloes scoreless throughout the night. As a team, the Cardinals recorded 60 total tackles to the Buffaloes' 47.

Elk Mound, Mondovi and Spring Valley are now in a three-way tie for best Dunn-St. Croix Conference record and have one final week to improve their DSC records. The Cardinals will head to Colfax for their final regular season game of the season on Friday, Oct. 12. Mondovi will take on Durand the same night on its home field, and the Mounders will host Glenwood City on Oct. 12.

Osceola 28, Ellsworth 16

The Ellsworth Panthers outscored their hosts 16-14 in the second half of their Week 8 game, but a scoreless first half for the Panthers created a hole they were unable to climb out of on time.

Osceola (3-5, 2-4) forced the Panthers (2-6, 2-4) to stray from their typical rush-heavy offense by holding their guests to 107 total rushing yards on the night. Senior Jared Lansing led the Panthers with 62 rushing yards on 11 carries, one of which ended in the end zone in the third quarter.

The Panthers recorded 223 receiving yards and were led by Logan Benson who recorded 100 yards on 10 receptions from quarterback Mason Anderson. Benson caught a 6-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion pass from Anderson in the final eight minutes of play to make it a 12-point game.

Anderson was 22-for-40 with 223 passing yards and one passing touchdown but also added three interceptions to his Friday night statline.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by senior Wyatt Hines who recorded 12.5 touchdowns on the night, and Carter Huppert added an interception to Ellsworth's defensive highlight reel.

The Panthers will host the Prescott Cardinals (0-8, 0-6) on Friday, Oct. 12, for their final game of the 2018 regular season.