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8-Player Football Weekly Spotlight: April 14

04/14/2021, 9:30am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Every Wednesday during the regular season we will highlight the 8-Player Football game with a spotlight article on WisSports.net. 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 some very nice games on last week's schedule, and several players put up some big performances to help their team's to victory.

Top-ranked Wisconsin Heights remained unbeaten with a 49-6 victory over Wonewoc/Weston that was a complete domination for the Vanguards. Hunter Walz had 295 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns, while Garrett Kerl added 129 yards and a score on the ground. Heights had 521 yards of total offense, limiting Wonewoc/Weston to just 84 yards.

Last week's Star of the Week, Spencer Vanek of Kickapoo/La Farge, had another big game, throwing for 233 yards and four touchdowns to go with 103 yards and a score on the ground, adding an interception on defense as well. It led to a 44-12 win over rival North Crawford.

Oakfield held off a late rally by Gibraltar, as three different players had at least 98 rushing yards for the Oaks in a 36-32 win. Gibraltar's Luke Steebs went over 100 yards passing and rushing.

Sturgeon Bay downed Green Bay NEW Lutheran/Oneida/Providence 32-6 and Chequamegon took down Sevastopol 30-12, but unfortunately neither winning team has entered stats as of yet.

Looking Ahead

This will be one of the biggest weeks of the spring football season, with a pair of matchups between ranked teams on this week's schedule.

Friday night, the last two remaining unbeaten teams in 8-player football will square off, with top-ranked Wisconsin Heights traveling to third-ranked Kickapoo/La Farge. Both teams have put up impressive offensive numbers this season, and this could be an exciting showdown of talented skill players.

The other ranked matchup is on Saturday, as fifth-ranked Chequamegon makes the trek to second-ranked Oakfield for a 1 p.m. kickoff. 

The other games on the schedule figure to have plenty of intrigue as well. Gibraltar gave Oakfield all it could handle last week and is better than its 0-2 record suggests. The Vikings welcome in Door County rival Sturgeon Bay on Friday. Green Bay NEW Lutheran hosts Sevastopol in another northeast Wisconsin contest. 

The last time North Crawford and Wonewoc/Weston got together it produced one of the wildest games we've seen in some time. Just three weeks ago to begin this spring season, Wonewoc/Weston topped the Trojans 54-52 after Kaden Sprotte returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown with just 1:24 left in the game. It capped a fourth quarter that included 40 total points, six lead changes, and loads of offense. Speaking of offense, North Crawford rushed for 609 yards, including 472 from Stephen Munson, and still lost.

Star of the Week: Hunter Walz, Wisconsin Heights

Wisconsin Heights posted a dominating 49-6 win over Wonewoc/Weston on Friday, out-gaining the Silver Wolves 521-84. First-year starting quarterback Hunter Walz was outstanding once again, completing 15-of-26 passes for 180 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also carried the ball 12 times for 105 yards and another score for the Vanguards.


About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the WisSports.net General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

For the latest and most up to date football news and recruiting information, follow Travis on Twitter @travisWSN. Email story ideas, recruiting info, etc. to Travis at travis(at)wissports.net.

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