BRF trashes Viroqua’s homecoming

BRF trashes Viroqua’s homecoming

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Black River Falls allowed Viroqua to score first in the Blackhawks’ homecoming game Friday. And that was all they allowed.

The Tigers blasted Viroqua 47-6 as BRF won its second Coulee Conference game in a row.

Tiger quarterback Ethan Young threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns — connecting with Nate Slenczka for three of them — while the BRF ground game rushed for three other TDs.

Black River Falls led 33-6 at halftime, and the Tiger defense held the Blackhawks to 137 yards the entire game.

Ryan Onshus got Viroqua on the board with a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but then the Tiger offense got to work. Young connected with Slenczka for a 62-yard touchdown pass, Ryan Millis rushed for a 22-yard touchdown and Young hooked up with Matt LaFaunge for a 23-yard TD, and the Tigers were up 21-6 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter Millis ran for his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run. Young followed with another scoring strike to Slenczka, this one on a 40-yard pass.

Young and Slenczka (176 yards on four catches) connected again in the third for a 49-yard touchdown, and Jacob Gerzsik capped BRF’s scoring with a rushing TD in the fourth quarter.

Young — who surpassed 5,000 yards passing for his high school career — completed six of 14 passes and also threw an interception. Viroqua QB Andrew Kleiber was 2-for-5 for 17 yards.

Zach Zillmer had 57 rushing yards on six carries for BRF, and Gerzsik had 54 yards on nine carries. Anders Frost led the Viroqua rushing with 47 yards on 12 carries.

LaFaunge had three receptions for 64 yards.

BRF improves to 2-3 in the Coulee Conference and 4-3 overall. The Tigers will need to win Friday’s game as they host Onalaska Luther (1-3, 2-5) for their homecoming game to ensure a spot in the WIAA playoffs.

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