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If there was a Bounceback Team of the Year Award, it would be hard to give it to anyone but Evansville so far in 2019. The Blue Devils had a disastrous 2018 season, losing several close games, including five by a single score, en route to a 0-9 record. After knocking off league favorite Edgerton last week, the Blue Devils hammered perennial contender Jefferson 40-8 to move to 3-0 on the season and tied with East Troy atop the Rock Valley Conference standings. Tyr Severson threw for 174 yards and a score, while a balanced rushing attack rolled up 223 yards and five scores, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. Jefferson was able to put up 266 yards on the ground, but the Evansville defense stiffened when it needed to in posting a dominating victory.
Can we just schedule Fond du Lac and Kimberly to play every week? The teams have met six times (so far) in the last four years, with the winning team having an average margin of victory of just four points. After playing perhaps the two best games in the state last year, they delivered another instant classic that took overtime to complete. Never separated by more than one score, the teams battled into the late part of the fourth quarter, when Kimberly scored with 2:26 left on a 68-yard Caleb Frazier touchdown run to pull even and eventually force overtime. On Fond du Lac's first possession, the Cardinals had to settle for a field goal go ahead 31-28. Kimberly faced a fourth-and-five on its possession, but converted, and would score a short time later on a six-yard plunge from Frazier for a walk-off 34-31 win.
Defending league champion New Berlin Eisenhower and Greendale were considered the top two teams in the Woodland-West coming into the season, and their Week 3 showdown was expected to go a long ways in identifying one team as the clear favorite. Eisenhower trailed 13-7 at halftime, but got a pair of rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to go ahead, and the defense did the rest to preserve the 21-13 victory. While the passing game struggled mightily, the running game ground out 240 yards, including a game-high 157 and two scores from Eli Hoelke.
Regis is the top-ranked team in Division 5 and averaging more than 50 points per game this year, though they were held down a bit in a 42-8 running clock win over Stanley-Boyd. Regis raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead, and were able to work their incredible depth, as 14 different players posted a carry, with none having more than five, as the team finished with 236 yards and five scores on the ground. Hayden Reinders led the way with five carries for 65 yards and a score, adding nine tackles and two sacks on defense. Tristan Root scored twice on the ground, had five tackles on defense, and handled the punting, kicking, kick returning, and punt returning for the Ramblers.
The Wausau East program has been in rough shape for some time, so much so that a few years ago the team left the VFA to become Independent, knowing that there would be a suspension from postseason play for several years. Under second-year coach Kevin Grundy, the program is changing, not just the culture, but the on-field product. After a 45-44 overtime victory against Mosinee on Friday, the Lumberjacks are now 3-0 on the year. It was a thriller Friday night, as Wausau East built a 28-7 second-quarter lead, only to see Mosinee come roaring back to tie the game early in the third. East again went ahead by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but Mosinee's high-flying passing attack tied it up with less than a minute remaining to force overtime. East scored first and kicked an extra point, and Mosinee followed with a touchdown of its own. Mosinee would go for two and the win, but it was stopped by Wausau East to preserve the victory. Donovan Leverette had 327 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries for the Lumberjacks.
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