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8-Player Football Weekly Spotlight: September 21

09/21/2022, 9:00am 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

We talked last week about the big battle of unbeaten former Cloverwood squads, but it didn't turn out to be much of a contest, as Owen-Withee ran all over Athens 56-0. The Blackhawks did not attempt a pass, but ran for 380 yards and seven scores on 39 attempts, limiting Athens to less than 100 yards of offense.

The law firm of Pedretti & Pedretti was big for De Soto as the Pirates beat Wisconsin Heights 52-13. Evan Pedretti threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns with 79 yards and a score on the ground. Landon Pedretti ran for a touchdown, caught eight passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 88-yards for a score.

Shell Lake handed Clayton its first defeated in a wild 49-48 game, as Clayton recorded more than 550 yards of offense (424 of those yards from Tannar Lewis) but came up short. The loss dropped Clayton out of the Coaches Poll, while Shell Lake moved in this week.

Oakfield was the other ranked team to go down last week, as the Oaks fell 40-0 to second-ranked Saint Mary Catholic/Valley Christian

After trailing Mellen 20-16 at the end of the first quarter, Northwood/Solon Spring came roaring back with a 40-point third quarter to score a 76-48 victory. Jared Schultz accounted for 226 total yards of offense and five touchdowns while also recording 12 tackles and an interception on defense.

Jared Kaufman has a big game as Three Lakes topped Goodman/Pembine 62-6. He completed six-of-eight passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns with six carries for 149 yards and three scores. He also had 11 tackles on defense and an interception.

Finally, Almond-Bancroft dominated Tri-County 52-19, and the game became a national sensation thanks to a nifty back-the-back two-point conversion pass from T.J. Lamb to Ayden Phillips for the final points of the game. Video is below.

Looking Ahead

There's another huge one in the CWC-East, where third-ranked Gilman will face off against sixth-ranked Owen-Withee. Both of these former Cloverwood foes are undefeated entering this contest.

After suffering its first loss of the season last week, Clayton looks to get back on track at unbeaten eighth-ranked Siren.

Three Lakes and White Lake/Elcho are two of the three teams unbeaten in the Northern Border and one of them will emerge with at least a share of the league lead.

Phillips has one of the state's top rushing attacks and that will be a tough test as Oakfield tries to rebound from last week's shutout loss to Saint Mary Catholic/Valley Christian.

After a dominating win over Tri-County last week that included a trick play that garnered considerable attention, Almond-Bancroft might not be in line to try any gimmick plays as the Eagles travel to top-ranked Newman Catholic on Saturday afternoon.

Star of the Week: Braxton Genskow, Marion/Tigerton

Marion/Tigerton led Bowler/Gresham 20-6 at halftime but found itself down in the fourth quarter on Friday night. Braxton Genskow engineered a touchdown drive that was capped with a 14-yard score to Parker Miller with 5:34 remaining to give the Thundercatz a 28-22 win. Genskow threw for 131 yards and three scores in the win, adding a team-high 84 rushing yards as well.

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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