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Hartford won the North Shore Conference title last year, ending Homestead's 18-year run as at least co-champs of the league. The Orioles set themselves up as the favorites to start a streak of their own with a 23-17 victory over Homestead on Friday. The scoring started with A.J. Arndt returning an interception 66 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Arndt would also complete a 31-yard pass in the game and bang home three field goals, adding a punt for 37 yards for good measure. Arndt leads the state with five made field goals on the season.
Just a few short weeks ago, the Marquette program was given the bad news that the Milwaukee Health Department was forcing them to move to the alternate spring season. However, the Hilltoppers program kept at it, winning an appeal to begin their season, though they didn't get started until Week 2. You wouldn't know it was their first game in a 52-13 win over Wisconsin Lutheran, as quarterback Nick Hansen put up big numbers. The 6'1" senior completed 18-of-22 passes for 309 yards with four touchdowns.
Oconto Falls has certainly had its share of struggles in recent years, missing out on the postseason every year since 1998. The Panthers looked good in a 40-23 Week 2 win over Northland Pines, a playoff team last season. Owen Huber carried much of the load, with 22 rushing attempts for 250 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught a pair of passes for 45 yards and led the team with 10 tackles on defense, adding a forced fumble as well.
The WSN Week 2 Game of the Week certainly lived up to the billing, as Mineral Point topped Lake Mills in a 44-36 shootout. Appropriately, the game started with a bang as Dominick McVay returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. After a Lake Mills score in the second quarter, McVay did it again on a 90-yard kick return score. He'd add a 50-yard touchdown before halftime as well. We only wish the full game stats were available for this one so we could paint a more full picture of McVay's impact.
The Apple Bowl between Xavier and Fox Valley Lutheran is the oldest rivalry in Appleton, and Friday's contest was the 50th meeting between the teams. While Fox Valley Lutheran got on the board first, it was all Xavier after that, as the Hawks would rattle off 54 unanswered points before the Foxes added a couple late scores in a 54-18 decision. Xavier quarterback Ray Zuleger ran for five first-half touchdowns finishing his day with 14 carries for 227 yards and five scores. He also completed two-of-four passes for 63 yards.
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