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High school football notes: Onalaska opens by blasting state runner-up
 
 08.19.17

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The Onalaska High School football team put a memorable season in its history last fall with an amazing group of wide receivers, an accurate quarterback and an offense that could trample just about anyone.

The Hilltoppers, who won last year’s MVC championship, might continue to trample teams this year if Friday’s night’s 41-19 nonconference victory over River Valley is any indication.

Two Coulee Region teams squared off with teams that qualified to play for state championships at Camp Randall Stadium last November.

Westby beat Division 6 runner-up Darlington 15-14 on a last second field goal, while Onalaska scored six touchdowns in a new offense to take out last year’s Division 4 runner-up.

“It’s huge because I think it really helps as a confidence-booster for the kids,” Onalaska coach Tom Yashinsky said. “We had some things happen at our scrimmage that were more self-inflicted things, but we thought we could still have a pretty explosive offense when we got some things figured out.”

Senior quarterback Noah Skifton played a big hand in the victory by completing 16 of 22 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 149 yards and highlighted that with a 59-yard gain.

“He was 16-for-22, and three of them were drops,” Yashinsky said of Skifton. “That’s a pretty good first game as a starting quarterback. The only time he got into trouble was when he tried to do too much.

“They (River Valley) didn’t open up big holes for him. He made good throws.”

Skifton’s performance — coupled with Nathan Lubinsky’s 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns and Ray Heilman’s 173 receiving yards and two TDs — was made possible by an offensive line that has quickly figured out what’s expected of it.

Seniors Parker Clark (left tackle), Aaron Brownell (left guard), Jared Verdon (center) and Austin Hayes (right tackle) teamed up with junior Jimmy Decker (right guard) to pave the way for 586 yards of offense.

“We shuffled the lineup around to get where we are with it,” Yashinsky said. “Four of those guys (with Hayes as the exception) only play offense, and that can be a big advantage for us.”

DAVIS TO VISIT DOCTOR THIS WEEK: Central sophomore Jordan Davis caught three passes for 85 yards and touchdown while being on the field for seven offensive snaps Friday night, but an ankle injury may have ended his season.

Central coach Tony Servais said there is no fracture in Davis’ left ankle and no surgery required, but that another visit to doctors this week will paint a clearer picture for his recovery.

“The fact that there is no surgery is a good thing, and there is no fracture,” said Servais, whose team opened the season with a 45-7 win over Eau Claire North and plays Eau Claire Memorial (1-0) at Carson Park on Thursday. “We will see what he finds out this week. I hope he can come back, but we aren’t going to put him on the field until he is 100 percent anyway.”

Davis, who helped the Red raiders win a WIAA Division 2 state basketball championship in March, injured his left ankle while making a 33-yard catch at the 1-yard line during Central’s second possession on Friday.

BEHAN ROMPS: G-E-T’s Ben Behan, who is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,220 yards and earned second-team All-Tribune honors, started his senior season with a bang on Thursday night.

Behan, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, rushed for 168 yards and scored four TDs on just 11 carries against Nekoosa. He also caught two passes for 49 yards in the Red Hawks’ 43-0 season-opening win over the Papermakers.

“Ben is the real deal. He just understands what the guys in front of him are trying to do,” G-E-T coach Jon Steffenhagen said. “The thing that is unique about Ben is that he doesn’t outrun a block. If you have a 250-pound (blocker) in front of you, stay behind him. He is patient in what he does.”

Behan understands the offense very well, Steffenhagen said, in part because he studies it. And he also spends considerable time in film study.

“I preach a lot about watching film. It is so accessible these days,” Steffenhagen said. “I can see how much film each player watches, and Ben watched 11 hours of film (on Nekoosa).”


Rory O’Driscoll, La Crosse Tribune 

Central High School quarterback Johnny Davis passes the ball during the second quarter of Friday’s season-opener against Eau Claire North at UW-La Crosse. Davis completed 21 of 37 passes for 403 yards in the first game of the season.


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PREP FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD: WEEK 1
 08.19.17

FOOTBALL

SATURDAY’S GAME

NONCONFERENCE

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN 32, AQUINAS 14

PdC 13 12 7 0 — 32

Aquinas 0 6 0 8 — 14

First quarter: PdC—FG Cory Check 24 7:49; PdC—FG Check 24 5:47; PdC—Tyler Smock 66 pass from Gavin Gillitzer (Check kick) 2:58.

Second quarter: PdC—Jacob Mallat 2 run (kick failed) 9:57; PdC—Smock 83 run (kick failed) 6:17; A—Jacob Savoldelli 11 pass from Conley Malone (kick failed) 2 13.

Third quarter: PdC—Smock 29 pass from Gillitzer (Check kick) 2:09.

Fourth quarter: A—Lenny Boberg 1 run (Brandon Merfeld run) :40.

Rushing: PdC—Smock 11-192; A—Jess Ondell 21-88; Passing: PdC—Gillitzer 6-9-0-170; A—Malone 8-21-0-73; Receiving: PdC—Smock 3-100; A—Savoldelli 2-25; Total yards: PdC—328-170—498; A—208-73—281; Fumbles: PdC—2-2; A—1-0.

Records: PdC 1-0; A 0-1.

FRIDAY’S GAMES

NONCONFERENCE

CENTRAL 45, EAU CLAIRE NORTH 7

ECN 0 0 7 0 — 7

Central 24 14 7 0 — 45

First quarter: C—Jordan Davis 38 pass from Johnny Davis (Greg Kohler run) 10:37; C—Kohler 1 run (Johnny Davis run) 8:52; C—Kohler 2 run (Zach Lueth pass from Kohler) 5:17.

Second quarter: C—Johnny Davis 6 run (Lueth kick) 7:43; C—Lueth 32 pass from Johnny Davis (Lueth kick) 4:32.

Third quarter: ECN—Jeffrey Pippenger 83 pass from Tyler Greenlund (Aaron Martin kick) 9:58; C—David Hayden 8 pass from Johnny Davis (Lueth kick) 1:36.

Rushing: ECN—Taylor Ellis 17-65; C—Jamar Davis 3-63; Passing: ECN—Tyler Greenlund 7-23-0-114; C—Johnny Davis 21-37-0-403; Receiving: ECN—Jeffrey Pippenger 3-106; C—Jamar Davis 7-104, Lueth 4-101. Total yards: ECN—48-114—162; C—182-403—585; Fumbles: ECN—2-1; C—1-0.

Records: ECN 0-1; C 1-0.

EAU CLAIRE MEMORIAL 35, LOGAN 6

ECM 7 14 7 7 — 35

Logan 0 0 6 0 — 6

First quarter: ECM—Jack Brown 5 run (Adam Webb kick) 7:48.

Second quarter: ECM—Keagan Calchera 1 run (Webb kick) 7:04; ECM—Calvin Tanner 45 pass from Calchera (Webb kick) 6:08.

Third quarter: L—Gunnar Parcher 5 pass from Matt Escher (kick failed) 7:27; ECM—Tanner 40 pass from Calchera (Webb kick) 5:55.

Fourth quarter: ECM—Austin Jarvis 14 run (Colton Welke kick) :37.

Rushing: ECM—Brown 19-69; L—Christian Kapanke 2-10; Passing: ECM—Calchera 9-14-0-203; L—Escher 12-19-2-104; Receiving: ECM—Tanner 3-94; L—CJ Siegel 4-57. Total yards: ECM—133-203—336; L—(minus-11)-104—93; Fumbles: ECM—1-1; L—3-2.

Records: ECM 1-0; L 0-1.

HOLMEN 34, CHIPPEWA FALLS 28

Chippewa Falls 0 21 7 0 — 28

Holmen 9 10 7 8 — 34

First quarter: H—Drew Becker 10 run (kick failed) 4:49; H—FG Jonah Johnson 25 1:39.

Second quarter: CF—Matt Pomietlo 12 run (Nathan Custer kick) 9:51; CF—Codie Meinen 40 run (Custer kick); H—Mitchell Torud 47 run (Johnson kick); CF— Meinen 70 run (Custer kick) 2:24; H—FG Johnson 31 :03.

Third quarter: CF— Becker 91 kickoff return (Johnson kick) 14:46; CF—Meinen 60 run (Custer kick) 0:29.

Fourth quarter: H—Mitchell Torud 13 run (Custer kick) 2:54.

Rushing: CF—Codie Meinen 15-197; H—Drew Becker 14-165; Passing: CF—Nolan Hutzler 3-7-0-28; H—Isaac Handland 2-3-0-17; Receiving: CF—Jordan Atkinson-DuVall 2-21; H—Tatum Grass 2-17. Total yards: CF—308-28—336; H—387-17—404; Fumbles: CF—1-0; H—5-3.

Records: CF 0-1; H 1-0.

SPARTA 28, BLACK RIVER FALLS 13

BRF 0 7 0 6 — 13

Sparta 14 7 0 7 — 28

First quarter: S—Greg Jacobs 41 run (Bryce Edwards kick); S—Edwards 6 run (Edwards kick).

Second quarter: S—Rrig Falmngar 20 run (Edwards kick); BRF—Elliot Bird 77 pass from Corbin Sigler (Isaac Cowles kick).

Fourth quarter: BRF—Ryan Engebretson 10 run (run failed); S—Cole Wisniewski 12 run (Edwards kick).

Rushing: BRF—Engebretson 23-111; S—Wisniewski 12-138; Passing: BRF—Bird 17-25-1-229; S—Wisniewski 4-8-60; Receiving: BRF—Ziegler 5-114; S—Keegan Savor 1-18. Total yards: BRF—122-229—351; S—310-60—370; Fumbles: BRF—1-1; S—2-1.

Records: BRF 0-1; S 1-0.

ONALASKA LUTHER 24, BLAIR-TAYLOR 14

Blair-Taylor 0 0 7 7 — 14

Ona. Luther 7 0 7 10 — 24

First quarter: L—Emery Byus 6 run (Noah Matzke run).

Third quarter: BT—Schleh 5 run (Bratina kick). L—Byus 70 run. (Matzke kick). L—Erik Rogers 34 run. (Matzke kick).

Fourth quarter: BT—Schleh 8 run (DaCosta kick). L—FG Matzke 24.

Rushing: BT—Brandenburg 15-88; OL—Rogers 1-63; Passing: BT—Shepherd 1-2-1-30; OL—Zach Wihlm 3-8-0-56; Receiving: BT—Nerby 1-30; OL—Alex Kish 2-24. Total yards: BT—187-30—217; OL—226-56—282; Fumbles: BT—6-2; OL—4-2.

Records: BT 0-1; OL 1-0.

WEST SALEM 37, ARCADIA 0

West Salem 10 20 7 0 — 37

Arcadia 0 0 0 0 — 0

First quarter: WS—Brendan Holt 52 run (Ryan Beirne kick) 10:44; WS—FG Beirne 49 9:22.

Second quarter: WS—Jonathan Glassmaker 53 fumble return (Beirne kick) 8:30; WS—Beirne 26 run (kick failed) 4:41; WS—Matthew Bigley 1 run (Beirne kick) 1:24.

Third quarter: WS—Trenton Foreman 22 pass from Beirne (Beirne kick) 3:13.

Rushing: WS—Holt 15-171; A—Dayton Soukup 17-49; Passing: WS—Bierne 4-5-0-70; A—Brennan Scow 6-22-1-37; Receiving: WS—Foreman 3-59; A—Greg Whalen 2-27.

Total yards: WS—205-70—275; A—101-37—138; Fumbles: WS—1-1; A—3-2.

Records: WS 1-0; A 0-1.

WHITEHALL 42, VIROQUA 34

Viroqua 8 6 6 14 0 — 34

Whitehall 8 14 0 12 8 — 42

First quarter: V—Ryan Hannah 14 run (Tyler Hannah run) 6:47; W—Tristan Wohlhoefer 23 pass from Parker Windjue (Cody Trimberger pass from Windjue) 3:21.

Second quarter: W—Mitchell Thompson 60 pass from Windjue (Edgar Velasquez run) 11:00; V—Andrew Wedwick 5 run (run failed) 3:48; W—Wohlhoefer 27 pass from Windjue (pass failed) 2:30.

Third quarter: V—Ryan Hannah 21 run (run failed) 3:17.

Fourth quarter: V—Ryan Hannah 1 run (Ryan Hannah run) 4:44; W—Windjue 1 run (pass failed) 1:51; V—Anthony Rappl 58 pass from Ryan Hannah (run failed) 0:49.

Overtime: W—Windjue 17 run (Thompson pass from Windjue).

Rushing: V—Tyler Hannah 20-119; W—Windjue 9-48; Passing: V—Ryan Hannah 5-11-0-111; W—Windjue 15-31-1-251; Receiving: V—Rappl 1-58; W—Trimberger 7-82. Total yards: V—305-111—416; W—79-251—330; Fumbles: V—4-3; W—3-1.

Records: V 0-1; W 1-0.

WESTBY 15, DARLINGTON 14

Westby 6 0 6 3 — 15

Darlington 0 6 8 0 — 14

First quarter: W—Davontae Spears 14 pass from Alex Gluch (kick failed) 1:22.

Second quarter: D—Grady Rielly 4 run (kick failed) 5:28.

Third quarter: D—Rielly 52 interception return (Brogan Evenstad pass) 4:59; W—Gluch 6 run (conversion failed) 1:54.

Fourth quarter: W—FG Dayton 25 :00.

Rushing: W—Ryan Daines 17-107; D—Rielly 9-81; Passing: W—Gluch 10-23-3-163; D—Blake Whalen 5-12-37; Receiving: W—Spears 5-49; D—Stryker Fitzsimons 2-17. Total yards: W—152-163—315; D—161-37—197; Fumbles: W—3-1; D—2-1.

Records: W 1-0; D 0-1.

THURSDAY’S GAMES

NONCONFERENCE

G-E-T 43, NEKOOSA 0

G-E-T 14 15 7 7 — 43

Nekoosa 0 0 0 0 — 0

First quarter: GET—Ben Behan 23 run (Connor Jacobs run); GET—Behan 9 run (run failed).

Second quarter: GET—Behan 48 run (Garrett Eddy run); GET—Behan 7 run (Nathan Truax kick).

Third quarter: GET—Brett Lettner 27 run (Truax kick).

Fourth quarter: GET—Dylan Johnson 7 run (Truax kick).

Rushing: GET—Behan 11-168; N—Trent Waltenberg 6-29; Passing: GET—Lettner 2-4-0-49; N—Kyle Olson 6-14-0-14; Receiving: GET—Behan 2-49; N—Dylan Bills 1-12; Total yards: GET—334-49—383; N—76-14—90; Fumbles: GET—0-0; N—0-0.

Records: GET 1-0; N 0-1.

DE SOTO 8, BROOKWOOD 0

Brookwood 0 0 0 0 — 0

De Soto 0 0 8 0 — 8

Third quarter: DS—Grant Chapes 30 pass from Evan Overby (Dylan Chapes pass from Overby).

Rushing: B—Ben DeWitt 12-66; DS—Overby 16-70; Passing: B—Jack Mulvaney 3-13-19; DS—Overby 11-15-107; Receiving: B—Tanner Rynes 3-19; DS—Grant Chapes 4-59. Total yards: B—72-19—91; DS—72-106—178; Fumbles: B—7-3; DS—2-0.

Records: B 0-1; DS 1-0.

BANGOR 51, MELROSE-MINDORO 7

Melrose-Mindoro 0 7 0 0 — 7

Bangor 8 8 29 6 — 51

First quarter: B—Drew Johnson 12 run (Theo Muellenberg pass from Johnson).

Second quarter: MM—Brett Gerdes 3 run (Victor Ponterio kick); B—Muellenberg 1 run (Johnson run).

Third quarter: B—Johnson 10 run (Luke Reader run); B—Cade Amborn 8 interception return (Carter Horstman run); B—Horstman 3 run (run failed); B—Safety, holding call in end zone; B—Ethan Jacobson 8 run (Caleb Miedema kick).

Fourth quarter: B—Trevor Jones 50 run (kick failed).

Rushing: MM—Jeremy Anderson 8-22; B—Reader 14-115. Passing: MM—Drew Blaken 6-15-1-78; B—Johnson 1-5-1-11. Receiving: MM—Anderson 3-48; B—Muellenberg 1-11. Total yards: MM—42-78—120; B—339-20—359; Fumbles: MM—1-1; B—0-0.

Records: MM 0-1; B 1-0.


Skifton


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FOOTBALL STANDINGS: WEEK 1
 08.19.17

MVC

Conf. Overall

W-L W-L

Central 0-0 1-0

Holmen 0-0 1-0

Onalaska 0-0 1-0

Sparta 0-0 1-0

Tomah 0-0 1-0

West Salem 0-0 1-0

Aquinas 0-0 0-1

Logan 0-0 0-1

COULEE

Conf. Overall

W-L W-L

G-E-T 0-0 1-0

Ona. Luther 0-0 1-0

Westby 0-0 1-0

Arcadia 0-0 0-1

BRF 0-0 0-1

Viroqua 0-0 0-1

SCENIC BLUFFS

Conf. Overall

W-L W-L

Bangor 0-0 1-0

Hillsboro 0-0 1-0

New Lisbon 0-0 1-0

Royall 0-0 1-0

Cashton 0-0 0-1

Necedah 0-0 0-1

Brookwood 0-0 0-1

DAIRYLAND

Conf. Overall

W-L W-L

Augusta 0-0 1-0

C-FC 0-0 1-0

Ind./Gil. 0-0 1-0

Whitehall 0-0 1-0

Blair-Taylor 0-0 0-1

Eleva-Strum 0-0 0-1

Melrose-Mindoro 0-0 0-1

RIDGE AND VALLEY

Conf. Overall

W-L W-L

De Soto 0-0 1-0

Ithaca 0-0 1-0

Wauzeka/Seneca 0-0 1-0

North Crawford 0-0 0-1

Wonewoc/Weston 0-0 0-1

Kickapoo/La Farge 0-0 0-1

Riverdale 0-0 0-1

SWC

Conf. Overall

W-L W-L

Dodgeville 0-0 1-0

Platteville 0-0 1-0

Prairie du Chien 0-0 1-0

Lancaster 0-0 0-1

Richland Center 0-0 0-1

River Valley 0-0 0-1