Local schools Marshfield, SPASH and Wisconsin Rapids and their foes all entered with matching 1-1 VFA-South records. In the VFA-South action, Wausau West and Wausau East entered Week 4 in desperate need of a first conference win with Everest hoping to snare a second straight win.
Quite simply, it wasn’t a good night for local teams. The only teams to score a win was D.C. Everest and Marshfield. Everest claimed a hard-fought 17-7 win over Appleton West. Meanwhile, Marshfield blasted Oshkosh West 35-14, but other than those two matchups, the Fox Cities area schools dominated much of the night.
SPASH put up a valiant fight, but lost a tight game for the second straight week, as Oshkosh North connected on a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and held off the Panthers. Wisconsin Rapids fell to Hortonville 29-19 and played well, but the Polar Bears proved too much.
Unfortunately for local teams, it was not a good night — and for many, self-inflicted mistakes came back to haunt them. Wausau West was over-matched, falling to Appleton North 35-0; Wausau East was also shut out and committed eight — yep, eight — turnovers in a 21-0 loss to Appleton East.
Those were not the only match-ups playing key games with teams jockeying for position in the middle or upper echelon of the standings. In Cloverwood Conference action, Abbotsford matched up with Chippewa Falls McDonell and both teams have a good chance to make the postseason.
Abbotsford (4-0), who battled last week to a key win over Assumption, ran all over the Macks (2-2) and are already one win away from earning a postseason berth. The Falcons rolled up 42 first half points en route to a 56-28 win.
And surprisingly, now the Falcons are the only unbeaten team in the Cloverwood.
Perhaps the biggest upset of the night was provided by the Assumption Royals (3-1), who bounced back from their first loss of the season with a huge 32-6 win over state-ranked Athens, who fell to 3-1. It was a stunner, as Assumption in the past three years had been outscored by Athens 177-7. Assumption returned nearly all of its starters from last year’s squad and has looked solid this season, and the win over the Bluejays makes a big-time statement.
Powerhouses Edgar and Amherst dominated their opponents on Friday with the Wildcats beating Phillips 50-0 and Amherst cruising past Bonduel 49-8.
Week 4 was not a good week for some local large schools, but some area teams like Assumption and Abbotsford snared key victories.
Mitchell A. Skurzewski can be reached at 715-898-7006, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @MSkurzewski.
Week 4 scores
Newman Catholic 48,
D.C. Everest 17,
Appleton West 7
Wild Rose 53,
Port Edwards 12
Appleton North 35,
Wausau West 0
Appleton East 21,
Wausau East 0
Oshkosh North 31,
Oshkosh West 14
Rib Lake/Prentice 7
Wisconsin Rapids 19
CF McDonell 28
Luther Prep 28,
Wisconsin Heights 0
SHINING UNDER THE LIGHTS
Friday night’s big plays, key updates
• Medford’s Conrad Bolz broke loose for a 60 yard-run to cut Mosinee’s lead to 7-6 with 7:32 left in the first quarter.
• Kristian Welch goes Incredible Hulk on the Shiocton defense, breaking six tackles en route to a 75-yard TD run and Iola-Scandinavia leads Shiocton 7-0 with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
• Logan Freund intercepted Merrill’s Drew Hoff to get the Hodags on the board against Merrill with a 7-yard interception return to cut the Bluejays’ lead to 20-6.
• Victor Kizewski 76-yard TD run for SPASH who has battled mistakes to attempt to hang with NOrth. This helps.
• I-S Freshman Bryce Huettner returns interception 45 yards for a score late first half and Iola is close to securing huge win over Shiocton. Leads 24-0 late first half.
• Per Stevens Point Journal reporter Scott Williams: Iowa commit and Iola-Scandinavia senior standout Kristian Welch on crutches at halftime with right knee injury. Huge blow to team and Welch. Hope all is OK.
• Wisconsin Rapids takes the opening second half possession down the field capped off by a 30-yard touchdown run by Ben Olson. Olson’s two-point try was stopped, but Rapids trims Hortonville lead to 22-12.
• Assumption leads Athens 20-0. Wow. Would be a huge win for the Royals. Athens ranked third in Division 6. And now Brady Baltus breaks a long TD run and Assumption is going to pull the upset. Leads 26-0.
•Bolz strikes again with 45-yard TD reception as Medford takes 36-27 lead over Mosinee in third quarter.
• Late 30-yard FG sinks SPASH 31-28. Another tough loss for Panthers, who fall this week to Oshkosh North after being nipped by Fond du Lac in Week 3.