HOLMEN — The Holmen High School football team rolled to a 45-23 MVC victory over Sparta to win a share of the MVC championship Friday at Empire Stadium.
Senior Drew Becker rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings tied Onalaska and West Salem for their second conference championship in four years and third in six.
“It’s a great thing for our seniors. It was one of the goals we had at the beginning of the season and now our second goal is to make a good playoff run,” Holmen coach Travis Kowalski said.
Becker rushed 12 times and scored once in the second quarter and once in the third. Mitchell Torud added 72 rushing yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Isaac Handland gained 71 and scored twice for Holmen (7-2, 6-1).
Sparta (4-5, 2-5), which scored the first touchdown before allowing the next 45 points, put up a 16-point fourth quarter. Cole Wisniewski led the Spartans with 53 yards followed by Brett VonRuden’s 40.
Central 34, Tomah 32
TOMAH — Peter Flemming scored on a 4-yard run to give the Red Raiders the winning touchdown with 2:24 left.
The Red Raiders (5-4, 4-3) were then able to turn the Timberwolves over on downs thanks to a big sack by Jacob Servais on second down. Tomah was in Central territory before Servais halted the momentum with the sack.
Tomah took the lead thanks to an 84-yard touchdown pass from Peter Brey to Kyle Kroener with five minutes left. Kroener had three touchdowns.
But the Red Raiders persevered to earn a spot in the WIAA playoffs.
“It’s a huge win for our kids,” Central coach Tony Servais said. “I asked the kids how many games they won as freshmen, and they said one game. So I’m just really proud of how they battled this year, they started the season 1-3, and they finished 4-1. Couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Logan 41, Aquinas 6
Christian Kapanke had a big night for the Rangers (4-5, 3-4). Kapanke had four rushing touchdowns of 54, 34, 19, and 3 yards. He rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries.
Ambrose Metz-Beard also ran a touchdown in from 2 yards out, while Dallas Kapanke tallied a rushing touchdown. The Rangers defense held Aquinas (0-9, 0-7) to 59 yards of total offense with just 7 coming through the air.
Despite the win, Logan did not qualify for the playoff field.
G-E-T 52, Viroqua 6
GALESVILLE — Ben Behan ran for 197 yards and four touchdowns for the Red Hawks (9-0, 5-0), who scored 28 points in the third quarter through heavy fog to pull away.
Behan’s 49-yard run was the first scoring play before Viroqua’s (4-5, 2-3) Kasey Hammond threw an 83-yard pass touchdown to Ryan Hannah to tie the game.
Brett Lettner and Behan scored in the second before G-E-T pulled away in the third.
The Red Hawks had 400 yards of offense, 372 of it rushing. In addition to Behan, Burns added 103 yards on 10 carries.
Westby 39, Onalaska Luther 13
VIOLA, Wis. — A lightning delay and change of venue after the game started didn’t slow down Westby running back Ryan Daines, who rushed for 173 yards and scored six touchdowns on 28 carries.
Weather stopped the game in the first quarter and forced a move to the football field of Kickapoo High School, but the Norsemen (5-4, 4-1) put the finishing touch on a second-place conference finish.
After the Knights tied the score at 6, Daines scored rushing touchdowns of 1, 7 and 10 yards to help Westby take a 27-6 halftime lead. When Noah Matzke trimmed the lead to 27-13 on a 54 yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the Knights, Daines put the game away with two more short touchdown runs.
Bangor 52, Cashton 0
CASHTON — Luke Reader had three touchdowns as Bangor (9-0, 6-0) clinched the conference title while winning its 36th consecutive regular-season game and 25th straight conference game.
The Cardinals, ranked third in the Small Division of The AP rankings, held a 34-0 lead after the first quarter.
Reader had a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown followed by a Theo Muellenberg 50-yard run. Drew Johnson threw a touchdown to Caleb Miedema, and that was followed by rushing touchdowns from Reader and Johnson to end first-quarter scoring.
SWC River Valley 40, Prairie du Chien 0
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Prairie du Chien quarterback Gavin Gillitzer and running back Tyler Smock have led by their high-flying offense throughout the year, but River Valley shut them down.
River Valley (5-4, 3-2) limited Smock to minus-8 rushing yards on 13 attempts while picking off Gillitzer twice. Prairie du Chien (7-2, 3-2) managed 81 total yards with only 18 coming on the ground. River Valley racked up 332 yards and it was led by quarterback Justin Yanke, who went 13-for-15 with 133 yards and rushed for three scores.
La Crescent 18, Lake City 0
LA CRESCENT — The Lancers avoid a winless season with three passing touchdowns against Lake City.
Lancers quarterback Zach Todd was a perfect 8-for-8 for 108 and three touchdowns.
La Crescent (1-7, 1-6) scored twice in the third quarter. Todd found Thomas Kiesau early in the quarter for a 29-yard pass, then with 2:59 left, Todd found Dylan Worrell for a 3-yard score.
The first touchdown of the night was a 9-yard pass where Todd found Brandon Larson.
The Lancers had 157 total yards, and just 51 were on the ground. Lake City (0-7, 0-6) tallied 176 yards.
Caledonia 40, Cannon Falls 8
CALEDONIA — The Warriors (7-0, 5-0), ranked first in Class AA, won their 35th straight game overall and 59th in a row in conference/district play.
Senior quarterback Owen King completed two touchdown passes and added an 18-yard touchdown run for the Warriors.
MELROSE, Wis. — The Mustangs (8-1, 6-0) extended their winning streak to 15 and claimed the Dairyland title for the third year in a row after handing the Indees (8-1, 5-1) their first loss.
Andy Antony led with 90 yards on eight carries while Brett Gerdes followed with 82 yards and seven carries. Gerdes performance featured a 41-yard touchdown run in the third to follow up Patrick Corcoran’s 51-yard scoring run.