BANGOR — The Bangor High School football team entered Friday night’s game with seven points allowed all season.
Yet, the third-ranked Cardinals coughed up a fumble and were fooled on a fake punt that gave Potosi/Cassville the chance to score 15 points in the first half of a nonconference game in Bangor.
Once Bangor coach Rick Muellenberg made some adjustments, however, the Cardinals found a way to roll to an impressive 44-15 victory over Potosi/Cassville.
“We told the guys at halftime it’s up to the defense,” Muellenberg said. “If we keep them off the board our offense will do the rest.”
He was right.
The Cardinals (7-0) held Potosi/Cassville (5-2) — a team averaging more than 48 points per game — scoreless in the second half and limited it to 226 total yards in the game after it scored on a short field twice.
“We talk about that every week how you can’t beat yourselves,” Muellenberg said. “And that’s what made first half so frustrating. There was a couple of things we could have prevented.”
The defense responded in the second half intercepting two P/C passes while the offense just simply wore it down behind Luke Reader, who had five total touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving) while rushing for 246 yards on 29 carries.
“He’s a special player,” Muellenberg said. “The big guys on the offensive line and the tight ends really played well tonight. Twenty-nine carries is the most he’s ever had, but we had to just keep giving him the ball. When he gets the ball that much he’s going to do good things. He seemed to get stronger as the night went on.”
Reader broke the game open in the third quarter when he scampered 60 yards for the touchdown to increase the Bangor lead from eight points to 15. Quarterback Drew Johnson was efficient, going 8-for-11 with 139 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Muellenberg was happy with his team’s effort.
“They (Potosi/Cassville) are a real good football team,” Muellenberg said. “I thought our guys did a phenomenal job on both sides of the ball. Phenomenal effort. I’m real proud of our guys tonight.”
Holmen 46, Aquinas 20
HOLMEN — After a 46-point first half, the second-place Vikings (5-2, 4-1) were silenced by Aquinas after scoring 20 unanswered points.
Senior Drew Becker joined the 1,000-yard club after rushing for 231 yards on 12 carries to jump to 1,170 yards this season. Becker’s night included a 15-yard TD run in the first quarter to go with a 2-yarder in the first and another 2-yarder in the second.
Aquinas (0-7, 0-5) recorded its first touchdown after a 4-yard run from Nick Cambio in the third quarter. After a pass from Gavin Wetzel to Conley Malone secured the Blugolds’ second scoring play, Mason Viner finished up the scoring after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.
Onalaska 58, Tomah 28
ONALASKA — Senior Noah Skifton led an efficient Hilltoppers (6-1, 4-1) offensive effort, completing 13 of 16 passes to seven receivers, for a total of 232 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Nathan Lubinsky led Onalaska with 80 yards rushing and two scores, while Skifton added 65 yards and a touchdown on the ground. With the win, the Hilltoppers remain in a tie with Logan for second place in the MVC standings, a game behind West Salem.
Westby 28, Arcadia 0
WESTBY — The Norsemen (3-4, 2-1) relied on their run game and defense.
Junior running back Ryan Daines had 17 carries for 133 yards with three touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Norsemen defense picked the Raiders off three times to secure the shutout.
Daines had a catch-and-run for an 85-yard touchdown to get the Norsemen on the board before tacking on two more scores on runs from 14 and three yards out.
Alex Gluch went 9-for-13 for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while Austin Morry and Ryan Knight combined to run 117 yards on 17 carries.
The Raiders (3-4, 2-1) were held to less than 200 total yards with just 52 coming on the ground.
G-E-T 67, Onalaska Luther 7
GALESVILLE — The Red Hawks (7-0, 3-0) scored 40 points in the first quarter and were up 53-0 at the break.
Ben Behan scored three touchdowns to bring his season total up to 16. He also had 216 yards on seven rushes for a healthy 30.9 average per attempt.
Noah Matzke had 112 yards on 19 carries for the Knights (2-5, 0-3).
Viroqua 42, Black River Falls 6
VIROQUA — Steve Diehl had three of Viroqua’s touchdowns and scored two of them in the first quarter. Diehl ran for 87 yards on 10 carries. Ryan Hannah rushed for 132 yards on 17 carries for two touchdowns and Tyler Hannah had 148 yards on 21 carries. Sam Jett had the Blackhawks’ final touchdown, a 59-yard pass from Ryan Hannah in the fourth quarter.
Viroqua (3-4, 1-2) shut down Ryan Engebretson, who ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win over Onalaska Luther. Engebretson rushed for 10 yards on five carries. Elliot Bird stepped up and had 29 yards rushing on 12 attempts. Ethan Anderson scored the Tigers’ (1-6, 1-2) lone touchdown, catching an 11-yard pass in the third quarter.
Melrose-Mindoro 40, C-FC 0
FOUNTAIN CITY — Jeremy Anderson carried the ball 11 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Mustangs (6-1, 4-0), who have won six straight games since Week 1 and 12 in a row in the conference.
Melrose-Mindoro has shut out three straight opponents and four this season, and Anderson pushed his season totals to 622 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Brookwood 14, Hillsboro 13
ONTARIO — The Falcons (6-1, 4-0) needed to survive two overtimes in order to tie Bangor for first place in the conference.
A 25-yard run from Tanner Rynes brought Brookwood within a point of the Tigers. The lead came after a two-point conversion pass from Jack Mulvaney landed into the arms of Connor Schueller, who nudged his shoulder over the end zone for the extra points.
Mulvaney’s night featured seven completions for 94 yards while senior Ben DeWitt rushed for 104 yards on 25 carries.
Ridge and Valley
De Soto 36, North Crawford 26
GAYS MILLS, Wis. — Senior Evan Overby passed for 197 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown to lead the Pirates (5-2, 3-1).
Overby gave De Soto the lead for good by running for a 10-yard touchdown and the ensuing conversion for a 22-18 advantage in the third quarter. He followed that up with a 51-yard TD pass to Grant Chapes for a 30-18 lead.
Brock Venner added 60 rushing yards and Trevor Rebhahn 52 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Chapes had five catches for 102 yards.
Lancaster 62, Prairie du Chien 27
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Lancaster’s Evan Gates scored six touchdowns to help the Flying Arrows (6-1, 3-0) stay undefeated in the conference. Gates ran for 392 yards on 51 carries, scoring four touchdowns in the first half. Evan Straka scored Lancaster’s three other touchdowns and ran for 91 yards on seven carries.
Prairie du Chien’s (6-1, 2-1) Gavin Gillitzer passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, one to Tyler Smock and the other to Carter Pederson. Smock and Gillitzer each also had a rushing touchdown.
Caledonia 42, Chatfield 13
CALEDONIA — Owen King threw six touchdown passes for Caledonia (5-0, 4-0), which extended its winning streak to 33 games and has won 39 straight games on its home field.
King threw two touchdowns to Andrew Goergen, the longest a 34-yard pass in the third quarter and finished with 141 yards on nine catches. Kyle Cavanaugh, Jordan Burg, Mason Staggemeyer and Nick McCabe had the other scores.
King had 274 yards for 1,122 this season with 20 total touchdowns.
Pine Island 49, La Crescent 12
PINE ISLAND, Minn. — Zach Todd threw two second-half touchdown passes for the Lancers (0-5, 0-4), but the four touchdowns scored by the Panthers’ Josh Navratil helped Pine Island (3-2, 3-1) jump out to a 27-0 halftime lead. Todd finished 15-of-34 passing for 216 yards, with Romy Whitford and Thomas Kiesau hauling in the scoring strikes.