Matt Escher made the most of an excellent week of practice for the Logan High School football team against Tomah on Friday night.
The Rangers’ senior quarterback passed for 233 yards and four touchdowns, leading Logan to a 28-14 MVC win over the previously unbeaten Timberwolves at Swanson Field.
“He knew he had to step up his game and his reads, get the ball out quicker, and he really took that to heart,” Logan coach Casey Knoble said of Escher. “It was one of his best weeks of practice.”
The win extends the Rangers’ (2-1, 1-0 MVC) winning streak to six straight games against Tomah (2-1, 0-1)
Escher, who had thrown for 232 yards combined in Logan’s first two games, was 16-for-19 with two touchdowns to Christian Kapanke and one each to CJ Siegel and Gunner Parcher.
“We’ve got a young team, and we’re preaching building blocks and getting better each week,” Knoble said. “Our kids have big goals, and they know they have a lot of work to do. Starting off 1-0 (in conference) is always key, because every week is going to be a battle.”
Isaac Klema scored both touchdowns for the Timberwolves, scoring on runs of 1 and 2 yards to give him seven TDs on the season. Tomah quarterback Connor Prielipp was 17-for-26 with 151 yards.
Sparta 37, Aquinas 0
SPARTA — Cole Wisniewski had a stellar all-around performance, rushing for 140 yards and four TDs, as Sparta rolled past Aquinas to improve to 3-0. Wisniewski carried the ball 19 times, scoring on runs of 1, 4, 19 and 26 yards for the Spartans, who rushed for 236 yards. Wisniewski was efficient through the air, too, as he completed 5 of 6 attempts for 39 yards.
Sparta, which finished with 15 first downs to seven for Aquinas, started the game with a bang as Nick Church returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a TD.
Aquinas (0-3, 0-1) was held to 150 total yards.
Bangor 50, Royall 0
ELROY, Wis. — Senior Luke Reader scored three of his four touchdowns in the first quarter as Bangor (3-0) raced out to a 44-0 lead at halftime. Reader finished with 140 yards on 12 carries, while senior Ethan Jacobson added 88 yards on six carries. The Cardinals defense held the Panthers (1-2) to 62 total yards.
Cashton 39, Hillsboro 14
HILLSBORO, Wis. — Ty Costello ran for 142 yards on 21 attempts and scored three touchdowns for Cashton (1-2, 1-0). Costello scored in the second quarter on a 17-yard run and twice in the fourth, both on runs of 3 yards.
Kole Ripley added two touchdowns for Cashton, one in the second on a 1-yard run and another in the fourth on a 3-yard scamper.
Dane Bach scored for Hillsboro (2-1, 0-1) in the first quarter on a run of 53 yards and Jacob Urban scored in the second quarter on a pass from Trent Thorson.
Brookwood 68, Necedah 20
NECEDAH, Wis. — Brookwood’s Ben DeWitt ran for 318 yards, and scored seven touchdowns in a 68-20 win for the Falcons (2-1, 1-0). He also had a 51-yard punt return in the third quarter.
In all, the Falcons ran for 440 yards. Five of DeWitt’s touchdowns came in the first half.
Brookwood scored on eight of their 10 drives. Connor Schueller also ran for 61 yards on five carries.
Necedah’s Jason Murphy was 15-for-31 for 175 yards and a passing touchdown, which came in the second quarter. The Cardinals (1-2, 0-1) had 309 yards on offense.
Melrose-Mindoro 49, Blair-Taylor 7
MELROSE, Wis. — Melrose-Mindoro (2-1, 1-0) rushed for 302 yards against Blair-Taylor, thanks in part to Jeremy Anderson’s 73 yards. Anderson scored twice — once on a 25-yard run in the first quarter, and again for 48 yards in the second.
Brett Gerdes led off the scoring with a 10-yard scamper in the first quarter. Evan Peterson had a 28-yard TD run in the first quarter, then added a 1-yard run early in the second.
Landon Lockington scored the final two touchdowns for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs held the Wildcats (0-3, 0-1) to 136 total yards.
Platteville 55, Westby 25
WESTBY — The Norsemen (1-2) trailed 14-12 entering halftime, but the Hillmen (3-0) dominated after the break. Platteville quarterback Ethan Bernhardt threw for 258 yards and four touchdowns, while junior Ryan Daines led Westby with 47 yards on 11 carries.
Dodgeville 42, Onalaska Luther 8
ONALASKA — The Dodgers (2-1) scored on all four of their second-quarter possessions to take a 27-0 halftime lead. Junior Ben Riley rushed for 43 yards to lead the Knights (2-1) who were outgained 369 to 97.
Prairie du Chien 34, Viroqua 12
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Cory Check scored four times — three on the ground and one on a catch — to power the Prairie du Chien (3-0) offense.
Check tallied 134 rushing yards and 58 receiving yards, while Tyler Smock added 134 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Tyler and Ryan Hannah each had a rushing touchdown for Viroqua (1-2).
G-E-T 60, Richland Center 8
RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. — The Red Hawks improved to 3-0 with a blowout win.
Chatfield 47, La Crescent 7
CHATFIELD, Minn. — La Crescent (0-1) scored at the 8:29 mark of the third quarter on a 63-yard pass from Ty Mallicoat to Ben Nelson. Chatfield (1-0) led 34-0 at the half in a game that included five La Crescent turnovers.