Kimberly 35, Fond Du Lac 28
Once again Fond Du Lac pushed the Papermakers to the edge, but like last year’s playoffs Kimberly was able to rally to hang on and beat the Cardinals. This time it came in the final minute on DJ Stewart’s 2-yard touchdown with only 48 seconds left in the game. Stewart had 90 yards and three touchdowns, along with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Zach Lechnir in the fourth quarter. Lechnir also hauled in a 71-yard touchdown connection from Kimberly quarterback Alec Rosner, who had a strong showing, converting 11-of-16 passes for 286 yards. Fond Du Lac’s Jack Cole completed 50 percent of his passes for 244 yards and one interception, which came in the closing seconds in the endzone. With the win, Kimberly extends the nation’s longest active win-streak to 57 games.
Hortonville 28, Appleton West 9
Josh Giese caught two touchdowns, inclduing an 88-yard reception from Cole Hyde to push the Polar Bear lead to 17-o in the third. Branden Vallefsky took a reverse to the house and pushed their lead to 24-3. Hortonville’s defense was stingy throughout the contest, only allowing a late fourth quarter touchdown.
Neenah 38, Stevens Point 6
After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, the Rockets took off in the second, totaling 28 points to grab control of the contest and never look back. SPASH had no answer for Neenah receiver Rayce Prosser, who hauled in nine passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns.
Menomonie 40, Oshkosh North 0
Oshkosh North was overmatched in the non-conference defeat. Menomonie scored 20 points each in the first and second quarters. Justin Evans had three touchdowns for 125 yards all in the first half.
Appleton North 41, D.C. Everest 14
The defense was the story for Appleton North, holding D.C. Everest to just 110 yards of offense. On the other side of the ball, the Lightning totaled for 461 yards of offense, receiving 170 yards through the air from Carter Robinson. North was led by Will Stewart on the ground, rushing for 101 yards and three scores.
Appleton East 28, Wausau West 14
Marshfield 38, Oshkosh West 31
Kaukauna vs. Wisconsin Rapids
Seymour 41, Green Bay East 7
There won’t be an 0-4 start this year for the Thunder, as they cruised by Green Bay East on the road. Devin VerVoort powered the Seymour’s offense with four touchdown passes while rushing for two on the ground. Seymour tallied touchdowns on five of their six possession in the first half, including a 30-yard strike from VerVoort to Josh Krause as time expired in the first half. It was Krause’s second on the night to go with a 12-yard score.
Menasha 21, Waupaca 0
Xavier 36, Green Bay West 6
Bonduel 42, Coleman 14
Amherst 43, Omro 6
The Amherst defense only allowed 144 yards while forcing three Omro turnovers. Marcus Glodowski tallied 98 yards through the air and rushed for 74. He also had a 37-yard touchdown run.
Iola-Scandinavia 42, Montello/Princeton/Green Lake 14
The Thunderbirds ground out 265 yards rushing to cruise to the season opening win. Bryce Huettner led the team with 129 yards on 19 carries, finding paydirt once. Iola-Scandinavia got a big boost from a 60-yard fumble recovery for a score from Connor Kurki. He also threw for two touchdowns.
Shiocton 24, Tomahawk 0
The Chiefs imposed their will rushing the football for 260 yards as a team, while also holding on for 29 minutes of possession. Individually Reis Stingle carried the ball 20 times for 121 yards. James Ver Voort totaled 56 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown. Shiocton quarterback Sam Bloch completed 8-of-11 passes for 69 yards and had a 7-yard touchdown to Wesley Brouillard.
Reedsville 33, Weyauwega-Fremont 13
Despite winning the time of possession battle by seven minutes and rushing for 215 yards as a team, Weyauwega-Fremont fell to Reedsville in their opener. Brandon Scheer ran for 173 yards for the Indians, but it wouldn’t be enough to counter a balanced attack from the Panthers. Reedsville quarterback Carson Shanilec completed 9-of-10 passes for 167 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown. He also scored twice on the ground.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood 24, Northland Pines 8
Manawa 31, Suring 6
Pacelli vs. Dodgeland
Fall River 30, Almond-Bancroft 21
Fall River scored 24 unanswered points to come back from a 21-6 deficit.
Northern Elite 61, Marion-Tigerton 0
Oconto 42, Rosholt 0
Wild Rose 21, Oshkosh Lourdes 7
Pittsville 24, Auburndale 8
Tri-County vs. Rib Lake
Fox Valley Lutheran 75, Clintonville 0
Zayne Rodencal ran over the Clintonville defense for 134 yards, which started on the opening possession when he took a run 89 yards for the score. He had five total touchdowns, including a pick-six on defense. Andrew Reader completed passes at-will against the Truckers, throwing 14-of-20 for 333 yards and five touchdowns. He hit Colten Schild for 165 yards and three scores and also found Jackob Ulman twice in the endzone, compiling 102 yards receiving. Kyle Finger was Clintonville’s leading rusher with 28 yards on 10 attempts.
Luxemburg-Casco 34, Denmark 14
Wrightstown 35, Marinette 12
Kewaunee 35, Crivitz 6
Cody Bultman tossed three touchdowns in the first half on his way to 301 yards. Crivitz managed only 110 yards of total offense. Jake Voss had 75 yards on 19 rush attempts.
Valders 33, Sturgeon Bay 6
The only Sturgeon Bay score came in the third quarter on an 87-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Knipfer to Brady Wodack.
Southern Door 46, Winneconne 40
In a nail-biter, it was Derik LeCaptain who came up big for the Eagles. He finished the game with five total touchdowns, but non bigger than the 21-yard touchdown reception he brought in from Kyle Daoust. LeCaptain carried the ball 26 times for 278 yards. Daoust threw 27-of-41 for 327 yards. Sam Gerend caught 10 passes for 200 yards for Suring.
Chilton 28, Algoma 21
Two Rivers 25, Peshtigo 14
Abbotsford 42, Crandon 6
Joseph Aguilera and Adam Seefluth each had two touchdowns for Abbotsford.
Augusta 34, Three Lakes/Phelps 6
Greenwood 34, Florence 7
Gilman 41, Wabeno/Laona 0
Sevastopol 68, Bowler/Gresham 8
Bowler/Gresham gave up 54 points in the first half. Wayne Schultz had the lone score, an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.