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The biggest stories in 8-Player football coming into the season were the influx of new teams and the expansion of the postseason from eight to 16 teams. Without a doubt, the biggest story once the season has begun is the early struggles of defending state champion Sevastopol. After going down to Suring in Week 1, the Pioneers were running clocked by Algoma in Week 2, as the Wolves racked up 345 yards on the ground, scoring seven rushing touchdowns. Sevastopol managed less than 130 yards of offense in the game, and the lone score came in the fourth quarter when the game was not in doubt.
Also on Thursday, a rare one-score game occurred between Oakfield and Belmont. After Belmont got on the board first, Oakfield accounted for the next four touchdowns and held what appeared to be a comfortable 25-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter. That's when Belmont scored three touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game, but the Braves failed to score on any of the two-point conversion attempts and came up just short in a 25-24 Oakfield victory.
Siren had no problems with Prairie Farm in a 44-0 win, as both teams had been ranked last week. Port Edwards rallied to defeat Williams Bay 26-19, more on that game later. Wisconsin Heights quarterback Ozur Kepler threw six touchdowns to help the Vanguards hold off Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 48-27 in a game that was separated by just one score in the third quarter. He finished with 301 yards and six touchdowns on 15-of-22 passing.
There are a couple of featured games this week in 8-Player Football. First, Siren travels to Northwood/Solon Springs, where control of the Lakeland-8 North is on the line. Both offenses average 50 points per game, but Siren's defense has been much tougher, allowing just eight points total this year compared to 64 for Northwood/Solon Springs.
Algoma has made quite the splash in its first year in 8-Player Football. While the Wolves' enrollment makes them ineligible for the playoffs, they have a chance to follow up last week's win over defending state champion Sevastopol with a game against Newman Catholic, the unofficial state champ two years ago.
Both coming off very close games last week, Wisconsin Heights welcomes in Port Edwards. Unbeatens Phillips and Marion/Tigerton square off in another matchup. Sturgeon Bay, a school of more than 400 who canceled its 11-player season due to low numbers, makes its 8-player debut with a game at Oakfield.
Port Edwards trailed Williams Bay 19-12 at halftime on Friday night but rallied for a 26-19 victory. Junior quarterback Quinton Tranel was responsible for all four touchdowns scored by Port Edwards in the game, throwing for three and rushing for another. He completed just seven-of-16 passes but hit for 324 yards through the air, all going to Alex Hernandez. Tranel added 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
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