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Auburndale has had a very successful move to 8-player football, defeating Sevastopol 76-22 last week before taking on Greenwood this week. After taking a 26-14 lead with just over seven minutes left in the game, it appeared Auburndale was in a good spot to wrap up another victory. However, Greenwood would score twice, including with just 34 seconds left to tie it at 26. Hunter Wright connected with Schuyler Gilhausen to get the Eagles within striking distance, and on the final play of the game, Wright lofted one towards Alex Willfahrt, who leapt, batted the ball up, and caught it while on the ground for the game-winner in a 32-26 victory for Auburndale. Video of the play courtesy of Zaleski Sports is available here.
In a matchup of ranked teams, Gilman had no problem with Phillips, topping the Loggers 45-0. The Pirates' offense rolled up 475 yards of offense, including 398 on the ground, while the defense limited Phillips to just 79 yards in the contest.
Sevastopol racked up more than 500 yards of offense in a 40-20 victory over Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas, with quarterback Jack de Young completing eight-of-15 passes for 259 yards and three scores, while Spencer Evenson ran for 207 yards and a touchdown. Logan Beyer had a couple interceptions, a sack, and a forced fumble.
McDonell Central's Tanner Opsal had another big day, throwing for 174 yards and three touchdowns to go with 146 yards and three scores on the ground as the Macks topped New Auburn 50-8. Xayvion Matthews had 20 tackles on defense.
Shell Lake lost just two games last season, but both came against state champion Luck. The teams will meet up this week with first-place in the Lakeland-8 West on the line. The quarterbacks, Sam Negus of Shell Lake and Wyatt Jensen of Luck, have put up big numbers this season, mostly on the ground.
Port Edwards is off to a hot start, averaging 58.5 points per game through the first two weeks. The Blackhawks take on a Greenwood squad that is 0-2 after switching to 8-player this season, despite making the playoffs in 11-player last year. The Indians lost a heart-breaker against Auburndale last week and had a competitive game against 8-player heavyweight Newman Catholic in Week 1.
Phillips will look to right the ship against a very good McDonell Central team.
Quinton Tranel was all over the field in the Blackhawks' 50-0 shutout of Tri-County on Friday. The senior quarterback completed seven-of-eight passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 72 yards and three scores as well. He also returned an interception for a touchdown, had a 45-yard punt return, punted once for 35 yards, and made two of three extra points.
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