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It was a monumental match-up in the Bay Conference, as unbeaten, second-ranked Menasha traveled to unbeaten, third-ranked West De Pere. There was plenty of firepower on display, including West De Pere junior quarterback Josh Blount, who carried the ball 26 times for 393 yards and six touchdowns in the game. Three of his scores went for more than 50 yards, including a pair of long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to give the Phantoms some breathing room after Menasha had closed to within a score. Blount also completed his only pass of the game for a 35-yard touchdown. West De Pere would hold on for a 56-42 victory.
Crivitz found itself in a dog-fight with Northern Elite on Friday, as the teams went back-and-forth all evening, never separated by more than nine points. It came right down to the final minutes, as Crivitz scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:18 left to claim a 44-41 victory. Senior running back Anthony Jopek didn't get a lot of touches offensively, but he sure made the best of them. On just seven carries, he racked up 237 rushing yards and four touchdowns, averaging 33.9 yards per attempt. In the second half, he scored from 59 and 60 yards out, with each coming shortly after a Northern Elite score. Jopek added a catch for 27 yards and was a terror on defense as well with 14 tackles.
Berlin took down previously unbeaten Winneconne and in the process kept its hopes for an East Central Conference title alive with a 46-8 running clock win over the Wolves. Senior running back Alec Moriarty was a work horse for the Indians, racking up 267 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. He scored the first three touchdowns of the game for Berlin, who jumped out to a 39-0 halftime advantage and never looked back.
Barron ended the state's longest active conference losing streak in a big way with a 41-0 shutout of Cameron on Friday night. It was the first league victory for the Golden Bears since the 2014 season, a span that had reached 40 games. Senior Chase Peltier had a hand in all areas of the game, rushing eight times for 116 yards and a touchdown, catching a 26-yard pass, recording eight tackles on defense, booting five extra points, and punting twice for an average of 46 yards.
It was not the kind of beginning that junior running back Kabaris Vasser envisioned in a huge showdown against Verona, but he made sure to finish things the right way. Vasser fumbled twice in the first half against the Wildcats, losing one, as it appeared his opportunities may be limited the rest of the way. However, he was re-inserted and given another chance, and he ran with it. Vasser helped cap off a legendary Memorial comeback with a pair of late touchdowns, including the game-winner from three yards out as time expired. After trailing 24-7 entering the final quarter, it culminated in a 27-24 victory for the Spartans. Vasser finished with 13 carries for 127 yards and two scores, averaging 9.8 yards per attempt. With the win, Memorial remains the only unbeaten team in the Big Eight and a strong favorite to run the table the rest of the way.
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