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There was big news in 8-Man Football, where defending unofficial state champion Abundant Life/St. Ambrose saw its 16-game conference and 12-game overall winning streak come to an end. In an overtime thriller on Saturday, Wisconsin Heights got a touchdown run from Thomas Muschitz in overtime to secure a 56-48 victory. Muschitz finished with 102 rushing yards to go with 176 passing yards and 4 passing scores, while Payton Flamme added 89 yards and one score on the ground.
In a bit of a surprise, perennial 8-Man power Green Bay NEW Lutheran suffered its first loss of the season, as Wausaukee got a 33-yard touchdown run from Matthew Delfosse with 1:27 left to tie the game, and his two-point conversion run gave the Rangers a 22-20 victory.
Oakfield continued its dominance, defeating a solid Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah team 54-12. Eric Jacob threw for 318 yards and 5 touchdowns, with Brandon Williams (8 catches, 201 yards, 3 TD) and Ethan Tapp (6, 108, 1) each having big days catching the ball.
Alma Center Lincoln has made a nice transition to the 8-Man game, starting 3-1. The first three games were decided by just one score, as the only loss was a 28-24 setback against Northwood/Solon Springs. Just how far the Hornets have come will be put to the test this week, as the ninth-ranked squad takes on top-ranked Luck, who is unbeaten and averaging 58 points per game.
After falling to Wausaukee last week, Green Bay NEW Lutheran will try to get back on track against Sevastopol, the only remaining unbeaten team in MONLPC-8 play. NEW Lutheran's running game features a pair of players, Luke Bukowski and Bennett Reisler, who average more than 100 yards per game on the ground, while Zach Jupeke joins them to combine for 19 touchdowns this year.
Phillips is just 2-2, but the team has played a couple teams it easily overwhelmed, while losing to two very good programs. The Loggers get another tough test this week, as the team makes the four hour trip south to take on Wisconsin Heights. The Vanguards are riding high after an overtime victory against Abundant Life/St. Ambrose but must be careful not to bask in the glow of that big win too long.
Wausaukee is in its first season competing in 8-Man, and after starting 0-2, has won its last two games. That includes last week when the Rangers defeated Green Bay NEW Lutheran 22-20. Matthew Delfosse played a big role in every area. The senior quarterback threw for 62 yards and a touchdown, rushed 28 times for 186 yards and two scores, and even caught a pass for 20 yards. Over on defense he added nine tackles.
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