Ellsworth Panthers move into first place in MBC

EPC, Prescott football struggle in week five

Three local teams played important week five games on Friday, Sept. 16, including Ells – worth, which grabbed sole possession of first place in the Middle Border Conference, while other teams including Prescott and Elmwood/ Plum City struggled.

The Ellsworth Panthers went on the road against Somerset and took care of business early. After Somerset marched down the field early in the first quarter and scored a touch down to take a 6-0 lead, Ellsworth responded with 20 unanswered points in the first half to take a 14-point lead going into the halftime intermission.

The second half was all Ellsworth, as the Panthers outscored the Spartans 23-0 to secure a 43-6 victory. Senior running back Bo Hines was the dominant force as he accounted for 133 of Ellsworth's 232 rushing yards for the evening. Hines also had two rushing touchdowns via 24 carries.

With the win, Ellsworth improves to 4-1 for the season and 3-0 in Middle Border play. Ells worth got some help from Baldwin-Woodville on Friday night, as the Blackhawks knocked ou the No. 2-ranked Rice Lake Warriors 33-26 in OT. That result moved Ellsworth into solo first place.

Up next for the Panthers is a road game against Rice Lake on Friday, Sept. 23. That game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

EPC falls to Cadott 21-8

The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves lost their first Dunn-St. Croix Conference game of the season on Friday night on the road against Cadott.

Cadott jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter before the Wolves responded with a touchdown of their own less than a minute later. That’s when senior Trevor Asher broke loose for an 87-yard touchdown run. A successful two-point conversion gave Elmwood/ Plum City its only lead of the game, 8-7.

However, Cadott proved to be too much to handle. After a scoreless second frame by both squads, Cadott scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to secure a 21-8 victory over the Wolves.

The aforementioned Asher, Elmwood/Plum City’s star running back, tallied 215 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the loss. The Wolves drop to 3-2 overall this sea son and are now 2-1 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference action.

Up next for the Wolves is a Friday night contest against Boyceville. That game is at home and will begin at 7 p.m.

Prescott's ouense struggles in 35-3 loss against Saint Croix Central

The Prescott Cardinals have scored a combined 11 points in the last two games after scoring a combined 76 points in the week two and three games.

Prescott struggled ouensively for the sec – ond consecutive week in the 35-3 defeat on the road against Saint Croix Central. The Cardi- nals got on the board first when junior Dylan Eliason booted a 22-yard field goal through the uprights to give Prescott a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.

It was all Panthers from the end of the first quarter until the end of the game. Saint Croix Central scored those 35 unanswered points which gave Prescott a second consecutive loss. As a team, Prescott accumulated only 20 rushing yards on 32 carries. Prescott sophomore quarterback Teddy Bernick completed 11 passes of 32 attempts for 137 yards and an interception. The loss drops Prescott to 2-3 for the season and 1-2 in Middle Border action.

The Cardinals are back in action on Friday night at home against the 0-5 Amery Warriors. That game will begin at 7 p.m.

September 20, 2022