Onalaska's Ray Heilman

Onalaska’s Ray Heilman (10) and Dalton Kloehn celebrate a first quarter touchdown scored by Heilman during Friday’s MVC game against Aquinas at UW-La Crosse. The Hilltoppers won 42-6.

Rory O’Driscoll, La Crosse Tribune

DODGE CENTER, Minn. — The Caledonia High School football team hasn’t lost a regular-season game in more than six years, but that streak was in jeopardy Friday night against ninth-ranked Triton.

The top-ranked team in MSHSL Class AA was looking straight into the jaws of defeat down to the fourth quarter before completing a comeback for the ages.

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Senior quarterback Owen King and company scored 27 unanswered points and outscored Triton 21-0 in the fourth quarter to win 34-27 — their 49th straight regularseason win and 30th consecutive win overall.

King, a NCAA Division I University of South Dakota State basketball recruit, struggled and completed just 18 of 43 passes. But he delivered five touchdown passes when it mattered most. Caledonia (2-0, 1-0 Southeast-White) trailed 27-7 with 7 minutes, 4 seconds left in the third quarter before starting its comeback.

After being set up in the Cobras’ red zone after a fumble, Andrew Georgen hauled in King’s pass for the go-ahead, 13-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left.

Triton (1-1, 0-1) had a 10-play drive at the end of the game, but it was ended on a Jordan Burg interception with 2 seconds left.

The Cobras had the ball twice as long — 32:01 to 15:59 — as Caledonia. The Warriors were 8 of 13 on third downs.


Onalaska 42, Aquinas 6

The Hilltoppers (3-1, 1-1) picked up their first conference win of the season, scoring all of their points in the first half at the Veterans Memorial Field.

Senior quarterback Noah Skifton passed for four touchdowns, connecting with Landon Skemp on two of them. Junior Alex Franzini rushed for two touchdowns for Onalaska, which also received an interception from Hank Olsen.

The Blugolds (0-4, 0-2) scored on a long touchdown pass from Jacob Savoldelli to Brandon Merfeld in the second quarter.

Holmen 48, Central 20

HOLMEN — Drew Becker ran for 176 yards and two scores on 14 attempts to help the Vikings run past the Red Raiders.

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Central (1-3, 0-2) held an 8-7 lead after a Johnny Davis 6-yard touchdown pass to Steve Crossing early in the second quarter. But then Abe Molling picked off a Davis pass four minutes later and returned it to the end zone to give the Vikings (3-1, 2-0) the momentum and the lead. From there it was all Vikings, as they went on to score 34 unanswered points.

The Vikings ran for 396 yards, averaging nearly 7 yards a carry.

West Salem 31, Tomah 0

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TOMAH — The potent Panthers (3-1, 2-0) offense held true to form, led by 163 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries by junior running back Brendan Holt. Holt now has 511 yards on 70 carries for the season.

Senior Ryan Beirne was an efficient 9 of 13 passing for 237 yards and two scores, including a 95-yard touchdown pass on a seam route late in the third quarter. West Salem amassed 514 yards, while the Timberwolves (2-2, 0-2) were held to 253 total yards.

Scenic Bluffs Bangor 57, New Lisbon 0

BANGOR — The Cardinals, ranked third in the Small Division by The Associated Press, rolled to their third straight shutout and 20th consecutive Scenic Bluffs victory.

Senior Luke Reader ran nine times for 105 yards and two touchdowns, while also getting an interception for Bangor (4-0, 2-0).

Quarterback Drew Johnson rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns on his six carries, while Theo Muellenberg had four carries for 70 yards and a touchdown. Bangor rushed for 481 of its 519 total yards.

Brookwood 44, Cashton 20

ONTARIO— Senior Ben DeWitt ran for three touchdowns — bringing his season total to 14 — while helping the Falcons run past the Eagles (1-3, 1-1).

After a 318-yard, seven-touchdown performance last week, DeWitt carried the ball 24 times and rushed for 199 yards. His touchdowns Friday all came in the first half, as Brookwood (3-1, 2-0) built up a 30-0 halftime lead.

The Falcons ran for 307 yards.

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Houston 30, Grand Meadow 16

GRAND MEADOW, Minn. — The Hurricanes (2-0, 1-0) ended the Superlarks’ 51-game winning streak and handed the four-time defending state champions their first loss since the 2012 9-Man championship game.


Kasson-Mantorville 40, La Crescent 0

LA CRESCENT — Kasson-Mantorville (2-0) ran for 342 yards in keeping the Lancers winless.

Kasson-Mantorville’s leading rusher was Matt Winkle for 171 yards and three touchdowns.

The leading rusher for La Crescent (0-2) was Romy Whitford for 15 yards on five touches. The Lancers were held to 76 total yards.

La Crescent’s Ty Mallicoat was 3-for-11 for 31 yards. He also threw an interception.

Prairie du Chien 24, Arcadia 21

ARCADIA — Cory Check scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with 28 seconds left to keep the Blackhawks undefeated and 4-0 for the first time since 2010.

Check’s score came after Dayton Sokup gave the Raiders (1-3) the lead with 4:23 left on a 65-yard touchdown run. Sokup led the Raiders rushing for 160 yards and two scores on 19 carries. The Blackhawks picked off Arcadia quarterback Brennan Scow twice while holding him to 117 yards on seven completions in 22 attempts.

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Lansing-New Albin Kee 24, Central City 6

LANSING, Iowa — Quarterback Tucker Colsch rushed for two touchdowns, passed for another and returned a kickoff for another in the Kee Hawks’ (1-2) first victory this season. Colsch completed 9 of 16 passes for 112 yards, while adding 74 rushing yards on 14 carries.