Mitchell Markert ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns and Hunter Messerschmidt added a 33-yard score as Winneconne knocked off Ripon 35-22 to become eligible for the WIAA playoffs.
The Wolves won their final two regular season games to finish with a 4-4 mark in the Eastern Valley Conference. Teams that finish above .500 automatically qualify for the WIAA football playoffs, while teams that finish at the mark are taken to fill out the seven-division field.
The Wolves finished with 392 yards on the ground total and 412 total yards.
Ripon got touchdowns from Tanner Stangl and Landon Fenner in the second quarter to knot the score at 14 at halftime.
But Winneconne responded with a pair of scores in the third quarter, getting runs of 5 and 87 yards by Markert. Mitchel Fenrich then hit Riley Kallas with a 23-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth as the Wolves pulled away.
Marcus Hill capped the scoring for Ripon with a touchdown run late in the fourth quarter,
Hill finished with 111 yards on 14 carries for Ripon.
Winneconne…7 7 14 7 — 35
Ripon…0 14 0 8 — 22
WINN— Hunter Messerschmidt, 60 run (Chris Boehnlein kick).
RIP — Tanner Stangl, 18 run (Brock Moldenhauer run).
WINN — Mitchell Markert, 11 run (Boehnlein kick).
RIP — Landon Fenner, 5 pass from Moldenhauer (conversion failed).
WINN — Markert, 5 run (Boehnlein kick).
WINN — Markert, 87 run (Boehnlein kick).
WINN — Riley Kallas, 20 pass from Mitchel Fenrich (Boehnlein kick).
RIP — Marcus Hill, 17 run (Hill run).
First downs 16 13
Total yards 412 258
Rushing 39-392 38-229
Yards passing 20 29
Comp.-Att-Int 1-5-1 6-9-1
Fumbles 0-0 3-3
Rushing: WINN — Mitchell Markert 20-201, Benjamin Davis 7-55. RIP — Marcus Hill 14-11, Tanner Stangl 3-50.
Passing: WINN — Mitchel Fenrich 1-5-1-20. RIP — Brock Moldenhauer 6-9-1-29.
Receiving: WINN — Riley Kallas 1-20. RIP — Landon Fenner 4-20.