Prep Football Review: Big win for Cardinal to even record, O-F falls

Eleva-Strum head coach Nick Stowell knew he had a young group on the field for the 2022 season with just three seniors on the Cardinal gridder roster. He wondered how long it would take them to grow and develop to get their first win of the season.

Well last week for Central growth was achieved at least in the fact the Cardinals were able to even their overall record at 1-1 with a dramatic 20-19 win on the road at Colfax on Friday, Aug. 26.

Central's defense held firm on a two-point conversion which would have given the Vikings the win after a late touchdown on a halfback pass in the fourth quarter. E-S's defense also forced three fumbles in the ballgame credited to Javonny Stevens, Bradyn Olson and Landon Schlagater. Stevens led the Cards' in tackles with 13 while Olson had 10 and Anderson had six to go with an interception. These turnovers plus special teams play aided the Cardinal cause

E-S fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter but unlike the previous week's contest with Glenwood City the Cardinals came right back with 14 points in the second quarter and added another TD in the fourth to go ahead 20-7 before Colfax rallied. Alex Anderson led E-S in rushing with 14 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown. Cardinal quarterback Brennan Hanner threw for 94 yards with Anderson catches two of those passes for 75 yards.

While a rather unconventional win, it was a desperately needed win regardless for a team which, given how Dairyland Conference teams have struggled in non-conference portion of the scheduled, might open some possibilities for Central in upcoming ballgames, starting with Friday's contest at home vs. unbeaten Cochrane-Fountain City which has knocked off Brookwood and Fall River/Rio so far this season.

Also desperate for a win is Osseo-Fairchild. Unfortunately last week's contest at Altoona played out to a similar script in a 35-6 loss. The Railers scored early and often in the first half led by a 72-yard TD run by Ben Kuenkle and a nine-yard scoring pass from Kuenkle to C.J. Varsho. Adding to the big plays was a 58-yard run from scrimmage by Thorin Steel into the endzone and touchdown runs by Hunter Hibbard and Colin Boyarski. Kuenkle threw for 74 yards on 6-for-7 passing and also led the team in rushing with 103 yards.

O-F's lone score came late in the second half to prevent a shutout as running clocked tick the seconds down. The Thunder's Ashton Oliver ran in from six yards out. He led the team in receiving with four catches for 41 yards while rushing for 26. Tryggve Korger was 4-for-5 passing for 44 yards. After gaining 185 yards on the ground vs. Cumberland, the Thunder was held to just 57 this week on 22 carries.

Osseo-Fairchild begins Cloverbelt Conference action this Thursday, Sept. 1 at home vs. Eau Claire Regis.

2022 Prep Football Standings

Cloverbelt Conference
Team Conf. Overall
Eau Claire Regis 0-0 2-0
Fall Creek 0-0 2-0
Mondovi 0-0 2-0
Durand 0-0 1-1
Neillsville/Granton 0-0 1-1
Stanley-Boyd 0-0 1-1
Elk Mound 0-0 0-2
Osseo-Fairchild 0-0 0-2

Last Week's Games
Thursday, Aug. 25
Neillsville/Granton 21, Loyal 8

Friday, Aug. 26
Prescott 33, Durand-Arkansaw 22
Fall Creek 20, Augusta 8
Altoona 35, Osseo-Fairchild 6
Eau Claire Regis 43, Bloomer 0
Stanley-Boyd 36, Marathon 28
St. Croix Central 7, Elk Mound 6
Mondovi 40, Osceola 0

Thursday, Sept. 1
Eau Claire Regis at Osseo-Fairchild
Neillsville/Granton at Elk Mound

Friday, Sept. 2
Mondovi at Fall Creek
Stanley-Boyd at Durand-Arkansaw

Dairyland Conference
Team Conf. Overall
Alma/Pepin 0-0 2-0
Cochrane-Fountain City 0-0 2-0
Augusta 0-0 1-1
Eleva-Strum 0-0 1-1
Blair-Taylor 0-0 0-2
Independence/Gilmanton 0-0 0-2
Melrose-Mindoro 0-0 0-2
Whitehall 0-0 0-2

Last Week's Games
Friday, Aug. 25
Alma/Pepin 34, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 27
Elmwood/Plum City 26, Blair-Taylor 20
Fall Creek 20, Augusta 8
Cochrane-Fountain City 17, Fall River/Rio 0
Cashton 67, Independence/Gilmanton 7
Abbotsford 41, Melrose-Mindoro 0
Eleva-Strum 20, Colfax 19
Arcadia 22, Whitehall 19

This Week's Games
Friday, Sept. 2
Augusta at Melrose-Mindoro
Blair-Taylor at Independence/Gilmanton
Cochrane-Fountain City at Eleva-Strum
Whitehall at Alma/Pepin


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