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8-Player Football Weekly Spotlight: September 11

09/11/2019, 8:00am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Every Wednesday during the regular season we will highlight the 8-Player Football game with a spotlight article on We'll look back at the action and big stories from the previous week, look ahead at the coming week's big match-ups, and select a Star of the Week.

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Looking Back

There were two marquee games featuring a pair of ranked teams on last week's schedule. Second-ranked Newman Catholic traveled to seventh-ranked Algoma and jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead before cruising home to a 42-12 victory. Ben Bates threw for 143 yards and a touchdown, adding one on the ground, while Thomas Bates rushed 11 times for 158 yards and three scores. 

The other ranked matchup ended up much closer, as third-ranked Siren rallied from a 26-14 deficit at the beginning of the fourth quarter to score a 28-26 victory over fourth-ranked Northwood/Solon Springs. Jordan Webster rebounded from some early struggles to throw a pair of touchdowns in the final period, ending his day with 344 yards and three scores on 23-of-41 passing, though he did throw three interceptions as well. Trevor Stanford had a big day for Siren, catching 11 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Cordell Fischer added 151 yards on the ground with 16 tackles on defense.

After canceling its 11-player schedule last month, Sturgeon Bay had its first 8-player game on Saturday against Oakfield. It didn't go well for the Clippers, who trailed 77-8 before a couple late touchdowns led to a 77-24 Oakfield win. In the second quarter alone, Oakfield scored 32 points, with touchdowns coming via run, pass, fumble return, kickoff return, and interception return.

Phillips rushed for 513 yards and eight touchdowns on just 31 attempts in a dominating 58-6 win over Marion/Tigerton in a matchup of previously undefeated teams. Taber Frawley racked up 226 yards and five scores on just six attempts, Ethan Mudgett posted eight carries for 122 yards and a score, and Nate Haskins also eclipsed the century mark with five carries for 102 yards and one touchdown.

Looking Ahead

Defending state champion Sevastopol is still in search of its first victory of the 2019 season, but it won't come easy against an unbeaten Florence squad.

Gillett is off to a 2-1 start, despite all-everything senior Bo Krueger being lost to injury before the season even started. The Tigers welcome in an Algoma squad coming off its first loss of the year and hungry to get back in the win column.

Bruce is undefeated so far this year, but business picks up substantially in Week 4, as the Red Rainders travel to perennial powerhouse and top-ranked Luck.

Belmont has made a nice entry into 8-player football, as the Braves sit at 2-1 so far this season. They get another very challenging game against undefeated Wisconsin Heights, who has put up huge offensive numbers this season, averaging 59 points per game.

Star of the Week: Kobe Hiller, Mercer/Butternut

Mercer/Butternut picked up its first win of the year on Saturday, and it was a nail-biter, as the co-op program got a fourth quarter touchdown to top Washburn/Bayfield/South Shore 26-24. Senior Kobe Hiller had a big day, rushing 17 times for 103 yards and a touchdown, catching a 20-yard score, and recording 13 tackles with two interceptions on defense.

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