Prep football: Stratford earns dose of redemption on Regis

Prep football: Stratford earns dose of redemption on Regis

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Prep football: Stratford earns dose of redemption on Regis

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Something had been eating away at the Stratford football team since the second week of last season.

Although the Tigers reached the third round of the playoffs, a humbling loss to Eau Claire Regis stuck with them.

On Friday night, the Tigers earned redemption.

Fueled by a two-touchdown effort by senior running back Eli Temanson and a defense that forced and recovered three fumbles, Stratford beat Eau Claire Regis 13-0 on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Stratford improved to 3-0, while Regis slipped to 2-1.

Last year’s 50-0 trouncing at the hands of the Ramblers, was the biggest margin of defeat in recent history for Stratford, a program that won six straight WIAA Division 5 titles from 2003-08.

“This shows how much hard work we put in mentally, and physically during the summer and it paid off on the field,” said Temanson, who finished with a team-high 63 rushing yards and scored on touchdown runs of 22- and 29 yards. “This was a huge team effort, and we’re on a big high right now. We needed this to push forward.”

Regis was 0-for-5 on fourth down conversions and punted just twice. The three Regis turnovers led to one Stratford touchdown. The Ramblers recovered a Tiger fumble, but couldn’t convert.

“Last year when we beat them it might have been the best thing for Stratford, because it made them work even harder than they had in the past,” Regis coach Bryant Brenner said. “This might be just what we needed, because we clearly aren’t where we need to be.

“Turnovers was the difference in the game. We have to look at the film to see where we need to get better and move forward.”

The Ramblers’ best shot at a score came in the second quarter after they recovered a Stratford fumble. A 61-yard run by Jaxon Brown that ended inside the Tigers’ red zone, came up empty, thanks to the Tigers defensive stand.

“We had a chance on that drive, but we couldn’t capitalize,” Brenner said. “Stratford played a great physical ball game tonight.”

Regis was led by Brown’s 90-yard performance.

“Regis is a class act,” Stratford coach Jason Tubbs said. “Last year they took it to us and it was nice to finally get them here and come away with a big win.”

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