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8-Player Football Weekly Spotlight: September 14

09/14/2022, 11:30am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Every Wednesday during the regular season we will highlight the 8-Player Football game with a spotlight article on 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 a number of very competitive games in 8-player last week, which was good to see.

Abundant Life/St. Ambrose won its first game since 2017 after the program was shut down for a number of years, defeating Wisconsin Heights 26-14 on Friday. Paul Emmel ran for four touchdowns in the victory for Abundant Life.

Marion/Tigerton rallied from an early 20-8 deficit to defeat Goodman/Pembine 29-26. Braxton Genskow threw a touchdown and ran for two, accounting for 293 total yards.

Three Lakes trailed Port Edwards in the fourth quarter but came back to win 24-20. Josh Cogar ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, while Jared Kaufman accounted for 138 total yards and two touchdowns.

Suring held off a late Gillett rally to win 28-26, racking up 336 rushing yards as a team, led by 157 yards from Keegan Rattin. In the loss, Gillett's Jesse DeBauch threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns, with most of that going to Brandon DeBauch, who caught 12 passes for 288 yards and four scores.

Oakfield defeated Kickapoo/La Farge 26-22 in a back-and-forth affair. Alma Center Lincoln downed Lake Holcombe 22-16 as Jace Paul threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns. 

Luck, who had been ranked fifth, fell to Phillips 34-6, as the Loggers rolled up 427 rushing yards and five scores on the ground. Conversely, the Phillips defense held Luck to just 107 rushing yards on 30 carries and 152 yards overall.

Owen-Withee downed old Cloverwood rival McDonell Central 44-25 without completing a pass, as the Blackhawks ran for 377 yards and five touchdowns.

In the biggest game of the week, top-ranked Newman Catholic downed fourth-ranked Wabeno/Laona 49-14. More on that game later.

Looking Ahead

The CWC-West looks to be a very strong league in 8-player, with the six teams a combined 15-3 overall, including four unbeaten squads. That will change this week, however, as undefeated Athens will travel to undefeated Owen-Withee on Thursday.

After suffering its first loss of the year last week, Luck will look to get back on track as the Cardinals travel to Frederic.

Seventh-ranked Oakfield hosts second-ranked Saint Mary Catholic/Valley Christian on Friday night in a big-time ranked matchup in the Southern-East Conference.

Star of the Week: Thomas Bates, Newman Catholic

Defending champion and top-ranked Newman Catholic remained unbeaten on the season with a 49-14 victory over fourth-ranked Wabeno/Laona on Saturday. Thomas Bates ran for 264 yards and two touchdowns in the game on 24 carries, as he and Conner Krach (223 total yards, 4 total TD), had big games. Bates also caught a three-yard touchdown and recorded six tackles on defense with half a sack.

About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the 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.

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