The Viroqua High School football team kept a powerful Prairie du Chien Blackhawk squad off the scoreboard until late in the first half of their game at PdC, Friday, Sept. 1.
The visiting Blackhawks trailed by just a 6-0 score early in the third quarter, before PdC played rude hosts, exploding for three touchdowns in an eight-minute stretch later in the period putting the game out of reach of the young Viroqua team. Viroqua scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, but it was too little too late in a 34-12 loss to PdC, now unbeaten in three games this season.
For the third consecutive game, Viroqua’s ball control rushing attack ran more plays than the opposition by a 58 to 49 margin and also for the third straight game owned the time of possession statistic, holding the ball for 28 minutes and 10 seconds compared to 19 minutes and 50 seconds for PdC. However, PdC’s offense produced more big plays in the game, averaging 9.4 yards per rushing attempt compared to Viroqua’s 5.2, outgained the visiting Blackhawks by a 144 to 22 yard margin in the passing department and held the edge in total offense 463 to 250.
For the third game in a row, sophomore running back Tyler Hannah rushed for more than 100 yards for the Blackhawks, this time picking up 130 yards on 22 carries, quarterback Ryan Hannah rushed for 97 yards on 18 attempts. Tyler Hannah scored Viroqua’s first touchdown with 8:54 left in the fourth quarter and Ryan Hannah added the final score with 1:58 left in the game for team’s only scores. Both two-point conversion attempts were foiled by PdC.
On the defensive side of the ball Tyler Hannah also led the way, wrapping up 9.5 tackles, eight solos, including 2.5 tackles for loss (TFL). Kasey Hammond chipped in with six tackles, Ryan Hannah grabbed 4.5 tackles, Brendan Ellefson added four tackles and Steve Diehl picked up four tackles, including a TFL.
The Blackhawks (1-2) welcome the Richland Center Hornets to Blackhawk Field for a 7 p.m. non-conference encounter, Friday, Sept. 8.