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After a dominating 40-0 Week 1 win over Holmen, things were considerably tighter against VFA favorite D.C. Everest in Week 2. Neither team was able to get much going offensively, as both were limited to under 200 yards of offense. In fact, the game was scoreless at halftime and D.C. Everest held a 3-0 lead into the fourth, when things finally started to pick up. Chippewa Falls scored 10 straight points, but D.C. Everest had one more shot at things. The Evergreens scored on a one-yard plunge from Beau Svoke with just 10 seconds remaining, but a potential game-winning two-point conversion pass was incomplete and Chippewa Falls held on for a 10-9 victory.Brayden Warwick threw for 109 yards and a touchdown in the game, while Karson Bowe led the team with 72 rushing yards.
Eau Claire North ended the state's longest active losing streak at 51 games by defeating...the last team they beat way back in 2015, La Crosse Logan. North held a 14-7 halftime advantage only to see Logan tie the game in the third. With just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Remy Rassbach scored from four yards out to put Eau Claire North up 20-14, which held up as the final score. Rassbach finished with 72 yards, while Jack Kein led the way with 73 yards on the ground and 124 yards through the air.
Once again the Kwik Trip Game of the Week lived up to the billing, as Homestead rallied two different times in the fourth quarter to pull off a thrilling 23-22 win over Arrowhead, thanks to a successful fake extra point that resulted in a two-point conversion with just 41 seconds left. Arrowhead led 14-7 midway through the fourth quarter, thanks in part to a 50-yard Hail Mary to end the first half, but the Highlanders were able to score on a short Tyler Miller touchdown to tie it up. Arrowhead answered quickly to go back up 22-15, setting the stage for another Homestead comeback. Sal Balistrieri hit Joe Rossman for a 30-yard touchdown to pull Homestead within one. The Highlanders lined up for the extra point but faked it, and the holder rolled right to find a receiver in the front of the end zone and game-winning two-point conversion.
A rivalry 125 years old was rekindled for the first time since 2013 as Neenah traveled to neighboring Menasha in a Week 2 non-conference game. It was back-and-forth in the first half, and Menasha held a 21-14 lead in the third quarter, but Neenah scored the final 21 points in the game to pull away for a 35-21 victory. It was a balanced offensive attack for the Rockets, who got 105 rushing yards and a touchdown from Jase Jenkins, along with solid days on the ground by Matt Jung and Jack Zemlock. Jung also completed five-of-seven passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the second half, as one tied the game and other put Neenah ahead.
It is one of the state's best rivalries, and once again did not disappoint, even if fans of the teams had to wait an extra day for Stratford versus Edgar. Pushed to Saturday morning by storms Friday night, it was a pretty typical low-scoring matchup between these two heavyweights. Stratford scored first but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful, while Edgar's last second touchdown in the first half with ensuing two-point conversion put the Wildcats up 8-6. It stayed that way until the fourth quarter, when Noah Barnett made a 23-yard field goal with 4:29 remaining in the game. That turned out to be the game-winner, as Stratford held on for a 9-8 victory over their rivals from Edgar. The Stratford defense limited Edgar to just 63 yards in the contest.
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