ONALASKA — After an uncharacteristically messy first half, the Onalaska High School football cleaned things up in a big way on Friday night.
The Hilltoppers faced a 13-point halftime deficit in their game against Logan, but bounced back to top the Rangers 28-26 in an MVC game at Onalaska High School.
Onalaska (3-2, 1-1) led 28-20 after a 41-yard touchdown run by Alex Franzini early in the fourth quarter, but Logan put six on the board when CJ Siegel got behind the Hilltoppers defense on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Matt Escher with 1.7 seconds remaining. The Rangers (3-2, 1-1) opted for a bit of trickery to try and tie the game — pitching the ball twice on the play — but the final toss came up short to seal the first win for Onalaska in six tries against Logan.
“We got lucky,” Onalaska coach Tom Yashinsky said of the Rangers’ last-gasp effort. “There were two guys wide open on the play.”
After committing 16 penalties and seeing a Noah Skifton interception returned for a touchdown in the opening half, the Hilltoppers settled down and took control with the ground game.
“There were just a lot of miscues, a ton of mistakes,” Yashinsky said of the opening two quarters. “We cleaned those up at half, and got the run game going behind Nathan Lubinsky.”
The talented sophomore finished with 181 yards on 35 carries for the Hilltoppers, upping his season total to 593 yards. The Onalaska defense, especially after halftime, did well to limit the opportunities for Siegel and the explosive Logan offense.
Siegel took a direct snap 74 yards to the end zone in the second quarter, but Yashinsky credited defensive coordinator John Bushman with coming up with the scheme to keep the Rangers’ opportunities limited.
“This was a good character check for our kids,” Yashinsky said. “It shows that they are able to play through adversity.”
Sparta 20, Tomah 14
SPARTA — Sophomore Cole Wisniewski scored from 13 yards out to give the Spartans (4-1, 2-1) the lead with 8:03 left, and the defense withstood a late Tomah (2-3, 0-3) drive to win in the 112th all-time meeting between the two teams.
Sparta built a 14-0 first-quarter lead after a Wisniewski rushing touchdown and Bryce Edwards returned a blocked punt for the TD. But Isaac Klema scored a rushing touchdown before the first half ended and another to open the second half, knotting the game at 14.
Wisniewski then gave the Spartans the lead with his game-changing run.
The Timberwolves drove down to the Spartans 15, but turned it over on downs with around four minutes left. The Spartans were able to run out the clock.
G-E-T 72, Black River Falls 21
BLACK RIVER FALLS — The Red Hawks recorded nine touchdowns — four by senior Ben Behan — before allowing Black River Falls to answer. Behan had seven carries for 72 yards to boost his season totals to 59 carries and 526 yards.
Garrett Eddy led G-E-T (5-0) with 79 yards on one carry after a touchdown in the second half to put the Red Hawks up 58-0.
Tigers sophomore quarterback Elliot Bird finished 12 of 22 for 112 yards.
Arcadia 35, Onalaska Luther 6
ONALASKA — Brennan Scow passed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 7-for-12 passing to lead the Raiders (2-3, 1-0).
Arcadia scored 28 unanswered points and racked up 402 yards of offense while holding the Knights (2-3, 0-1) to just 237 yards.
Westby 27, Viroqua 8
VIROQUA — Alex Gluch passed for 121 yards and rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Norsemen (2-3, 1-0) past the Blackhawks.
Gluch completed 12 of 15 passes and carried 4 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and 3 for another in the fourth.
Ryan Daines carried 22 times for a game-high 112 yards and scored the first touchdown of the game. Tyler Hannah rushed for 107 yards and scored on a 31-yard run for Viroqua (2-3, 0-1).
Bangor 60, Hillsboro 0
BANGOR — Bangor (5-0, 3-0), third in the Small Division of The AP state rankings, wasted no time in showing it was going to win its 32nd straight game overall and 22nd consecutive conference contest.
The Cardinals led 24-0 after the first quarter and 46-0 at the half.
Bangor, thanks to a 135-yard, three-touchdown performance from senior Luke Reader, simply overpowered the Tigers (3-2, 1-2). Reader, who carried 16 times, scored on runs of 14, 29 and 9 yards. He pushed his season total to 613 yards rushing and 11 TDs.
Bangor receiver Caleb Miedema caught two passes for 127 yards and two TDs, and quarterback quarterback Drew Johnson completed all three of his passes. Bangor finished with 450 yards — 323 of them coming on the ground — and held Hillsboro 31 total yards.
Caledonia 42, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 6
CALEDONIA — Senior Owen King completed 16 of 31 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns as the top-ranked Warriors (3-0, 2-0) won their 31st straight game.
Caledonia scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and forced four turnovers as its defense allowed 171 total yards.
Nick McCabe rushed for 112 yards, and Jack Beardmore added 53 for the Warriors, who have won 49 straight games in conference/district play.
King completed six passes for 82 yards to Jordan Burg, five for 87 and a touchdown to Andrew Goergen and two short TD passes to Sam Barthel.
Rochester Lourdes 38, La Crescent 0
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Lancers (0-3, 0-3) had no answers for the reigning MSHSL Class AAA state champions. Ty Mallicoat and Zach Todd combined for 20 pass completions out of 30 attempts for 151 yards.
Rochester Lourdes (3-0, 2-0) received a 46-yard field goal in the first half by Ben Limburg to push the score to 17-0.
Melrose-Mindoro 51, Whitehall 0
WHITEHALL, Wis. — Melrose-Mindoro scored 30 of its points in the first quarter, and its first touchdown was on an interception.
The Mustangs (4-1, 2-0) had 394 yards on 47 plays while Whitehall (3-2, 2-1) executed 54 plays, but had 144 yards.
Melrose-Mindoro won its 11th straight Dairyland game.
Prairie du Chien 41, Dodgeville 8
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Tyler Smock rushed 11 times for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Blackhawks improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2010 in winning their conference opener.
Quarterback Gavin Gillitzer completed 7 of 10 passes for 127 yards and rushed for three touchdowns in a game Prairie du Chien led 21-0 at the half before scoring 20 points in the third quarter.
Houston 54, LeRoy-Ostrander 6
HOUSTON — The Hurricanes showed no hangover from last week after they snapped Grand Meadow’s 51-game win streak, as the Hurricanes took a commanding 26-0 halftime lead while racking up 410 yards of total offense — all of them rushing.
Joey Fishel had 98 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries, while Jaytin Millen had 105 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries for Houston (3-0, 2-0).
Brookwood 40, Benton/Scales Mound (Ill.) 28
ONTARIO — The Falcons (4-1) outscored Benton/Scales Mound 22-8 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Ben DeWitt rushed for 137 yards and his 16th touchdown of the season for the Falcons. He has rushed for 917 yards this season. Teammate Connor Schueller tied the game in third quarter on a 30-yard touchdown scamper before giving Brookwood the lead for good in the fourth on a 48-yard run. Schueller had two touchdowns and 106 yards on seven carries. Quarterback Jack Mulvaney was 6-for-10 with 113 yards and a touchdown as well.