Late Wildcat surge falls short

Posted 9/1/21

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP River Falls football will be looking for their first win of the season when they open up Mississippi Valley Conference play at home against Tomah Friday night. Hudson beat the …

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Late Wildcat surge falls short



River Falls football will be looking for their first win of the season when they open up Mississippi Valley Conference play at home against Tomah Friday night.

Hudson beat the Wildcats, 29-28, on a field goal with 30 seconds left in the clock. The teams play for the Little Brown Jug in the rivalry, and Hudson retains possession..

River Falls took their first lead in the game late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Vito Massa connected with Cade Myszewski for a touchdown from 13 yards out. The two-point conversion was successful on a run from Cole Evavold.

After the late Hudson field goal, River Falls gave a valiant last dash for the win. Picking the ball up near midfield on the kickoff. Massa unleashed a long pass, collected by Ethan Campbell at the 10 yard line. The Wildcats tried laterals to get into the end zone, but fell short.

The game started with the teams trading touchdowns in the first quarter. The Wildcats' initial score came on a touchdown throw from Massa to Michael Schurman. The extra point failed, and the Wildcats trailed, 7-6.

After Hudson scored early in the second quarter, the Wildcats tied the game, 14-14. Massa connected with Campbell from 11 yards out. The two-point conversion run by Evanold was a success.

The game was again tied in the third quarter after a Hudson turnover. River Falls grabbed possession in Hudson territory after a fumble recovery. Evavold's touchdown run made the score 20-20.

Tomah also comes into the game in River Falls this week

Photo by Faun Stanton.

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looking for its first win.

Durand 38, Prescott 23

The Cardinals jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but 30 Durand points in the second half were too much for the Cardinals to overcome. Prescott fell to 11 in non-conference action with the Friday night road loss.

Prescott got on the board midway through the first quarter on a seven-yard touchdown run by Aiden Russell, who had a huge night on the ground for the Cardinals. Ayden Veranth connected on the extra point.

Prescott's defense held the Panthers, and Cardinal quarterback Grant Stanton scrambled into the end zone from 37 yards out with 1:15 left in the first quarter. Veranth's kick was again good. His field goal with 5:14 left in the second quarter from 21 yards gave Prescott that 17-point advantage.

With the exception of a third-quarter touchdown pass from Stanton to Phil Seifert from 60 yards, the rest of the night belonged to Durand, which scored five touchdowns.

Russell and Stanton set the pace for Prescott's ground game. Russell rushed 21 times for 134 yards, and Stanton kept the ball 15 times and picked up 64 yards on the ground.

Stanton connected on 6-16 passes for 103 yards. Seifert caught three of them for 84 yards including that long touchdown play. Benjamin Rohl caught three passes for 19 yards.

Prescott opens up Middle Border Conference play Friday night at Somerset. Somerset also finished non-conference play with a 11 mark, falling Friday night at New Richmond, 33-14.

Blair-Taylor 28, Elmwood/Plum City 14

Two second-half scores weren't enough for Elmwood/ Plum City, as the Wolves lost on the road to Blair-Taylor, 28-14, in a nonconference game Friday night.

Blair-Taylor jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead, before E/PC got on the board with a safety in the third quarter. On its next possession, quarterback Luke Webb punched the ball into the end zone from two yards out. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, and the third quarter ended with Blair-Taylor holding a 14-8 lead.

After a Blair-Taylor touchdown, Webb again answered on the ground with a six-yard touchdown run for the Wolves' final score of the night.

Elmwood/Plum City opens up Dunn-St. Croix Conference play with a home game against Spring Valley Friday at 7 p.m.

Spring Valley 40, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 8

The Cardinals treated their home fans to a big non-conference win Friday night. Spring Valley dominated Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, 40-8, to end non-conference play with a 1-1 mark.

Spring Valley had more than 400 yards of offense, nearly 300 coming on the ground in the game. Eight Cardinals carried the ball in the game. Brady Bednarek led the way with three rushes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Justin Rielly carried the ball five times for 68 yards and a touchdown. Diego Schmitt took one handoff for a 55-yard touchdown run. Jackson Stein picked up 29 yards, Tristan Neisinger had 27, while quarterback Connor Ducklow had 26.

Ducklow had a good night in the pocket as well. He connected on 7-11 passes for 130 yards, and had two touchdown strikes.

Spring Valley got on the board in its first possession, on a 46-yard touchdown run by Bednarek.

The Cardinal defense got in on the fun in the game too. Jackson Stein picked up a CW fumble late in the first quarter and ran into the end zone. Rielly ran for the twopoint conversion, to give the Cardinals all the points they needed on the night.

The Cardinals extended the halftime lead to 21-0 on a pass from Ducklow to his favorite target on the night, Taylor Bowman from seven yards out. Coy Stasiek hit his first of two extra points on the night.

Rielly picked up two touchdowns in the third quarter, the first on a 53-yard pass play, the second on a 43-yard run. Schmitt's touchdown run was the Cardinals' final score late in the game.

Spring Valley opens up Dunn-St. Croix Conference action Friday on the road against Elmwood/Plum City before returning home Sept. 10 to play Boyceville.