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Denmark hasn't been much of a threat in the North Eastern Conference title race, but that could be changing here in 2021. The Vikings are 3-0 after a 20-14 victory over league heavyweight Wrightstown on Friday. It was a defensive battle, but Denmark made just a few more plays offensively, including a nice night from quarterback Lucas Miller, who completed 12-of-19 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eastern Suburban Conference race should be very competitive this season, with several teams feeling like they have a shot to take home the title. Two of those squared off Friday in the Kwik Trip Game of the Week, and Markesan went out to a 14-0 advantage and held on for a 22-12 win in a hard-fought game. The ground game did it for Markesan, with quarterback Ryan Mast and running back Tyler Mast pounding away inside, while Caleb Stoll hit for a couple big plays on the outside, including a 90-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Markesan did not complete a pass in the game, finishing with 363 rushing yards on 36 carries, led by 164 yards from Stoll. Ryan Mast added 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Tyler Mast finished with 80 yards on eight carries.
In the 109th meeting between the teams, Menomonie was able to edge out Chippewa Falls 21-14 to remain unbeaten and establish themselves as the early favorite in the Big Rivers Conference. While ChiHi got on the board first, Menomonie led 13-7 at halftime before the Cardinals went ahead again in the third quarter. A two-yard touchdown run by quarterback Reed Styer with 7:11 left in the game turned out to be the game-winner, as the Mustangs' defense was able to close it out. Styer threw for 160 yards and a score in addition to his rushing touchdown. Brooks Brewer had 135 total yards from his running back spot.
Nicolet started the season 2-0, but it wasn't the strongest of competition for the Knights, who have been an also-ran for years in the North Shore Conference. They showed they are finally a force to be reckoned with in the league, posting a thrilling 21-20 overtime victory over Cedarburg. It is a program-changing type win for a team that, outside last year's adjusted postseason, has not been to the WIAA playoffs since 1989, which had been their only trip prior to last season. After Ben Ott hit Cole Trimborn for a ten-yard touchdown on Nicolet's overtime possession to go up 21-14, Cedarburg responded with a touchdown of its own. However, Daniel Quam blocked the extra point, sending Nicolet home with the win. Trimborn had 148 yards and a touchdown on the ground to go with two receptions for 20 yards and a score. he added 12 tackles and an interception on defense.
West Allis Hale got a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to score a 21-14 win over Brookfield Central on Friday that could signal the Huskies are a threat to make their first playoff appearance since 2008. Hale has struggled to be competitive in the Greater Metro Conference, but this win is huge for the program. Ty Clark completed 22-of-30 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown, and while he did throw three interceptions, he also ran for 81 yards and a score, while Tobey Sayeg rushed for 78 yards. The defense came up big in some key spots and limited Brookfield Central to just 41 passing yards in the game.
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