Ellsworth, Prescott football win in Week 3
On Friday, Sept. 3, local football action continued for several teams throughout Pierce County, including Ellsworth and Prescott, two teams that won by substantial margins on Friday evening.
The Ellsworth Panthers competed in their first Middle Border Conference game of the season on the road against Baldwin-Woodville. The Panthers got out to a 36-0 halftime lead against Baldwin-Woodville and never looked back. Ellsworth won 58-7 with most of the offensive damage being done through the rushing attack.
Max Grand was the primary carrier for the Panthers during the game. He had 13 rushes for 130 yards and one touchdown that came with 4:50 left in the second quarter. His three-yard rushing touchdown made the score 36-0.
The air attack was also working for the Panthers. Quarterback Jack Janke completed two of his four passing attempts for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Ellsworth added three more touchdowns in the second half making the score 580. The lone Baldwin-Woodville score came with just over four minutes left in the game. It was a one-yard scamper by running back Ryan Veenendall to make the score 58-7.
The Ellsworth victory improved the Panthers’ record to 3-0 for the season, including a 1-0 record in Middle Border Conference play. The next game for the Panthers is another conference game on the road against Somerset on Friday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Prescott defeats Somerset 43-6
Prescott also played under the lights on Friday night. The Cardinals traveled to Somerset for Middle Border Conference action against the Spartans. The Cardinals went into the game with a 1-1 record that included a 33-0 victory in the season opener at home against Spooner and a 38-23 loss on the road against Durand.
The Cardinals jumped out to a massive lead in the first half. Prescott scored 36-0 unanswered points that included four rushing touchdowns by three different Cardinals. To cap off the offensive explosion in the first half, Quarterback Grant Stanton threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Dominick Shelstad.
Coming out of halftime head coach Jordan Hansen’s team slowed down offensively and began to chew the clock. The Cardinals scored one touchdown in the second half. It was another Stanton pass. With slightly over eight minutes left in the third quarter, he unleashed a 67-yard-deep ball that connected with Aiden Russell.
The victory improves the Cardinals’ record to 2-1 for the season, including a 1-0 record in Middle Border Conference action. The next game for Prescott is at home against St. Croix Central on Friday, Sept. 10. Kickoff for that contest is slated for 7 p.m.
Spring Valley defeats Elmwood/Plum City 34-0
The Spring Valley Cardinals improved to 21 for the season after a 34-0 victory on the road against Dunn – St. Croix Conference opponent Elmwood/Plum City on Friday, Sept. 3.
The first quarter was competitive between the two young rosters. Spring Valley got on the board first with a touchdown. It was the lone score of the first quarter giving the Cardinals a 6-0 lead going into the second quarter.
A 15-0 scoring run in the second quarter gave Spring Valley a 21-0 lead going into the half. The lead was insurmountable for Elmwood/Plum City, as the offense just couldn’t get going against the Cardinal defense.
By the time the clock hit triple zeroes at the end of the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were up 34-0 and had earned their first conference victory of the 2021 season. The rushing attack for Spring Valley was the name of the game. It was a running back by committee offense. Five Cardinal players had at least 20 rushing yards, contributing to 244 yards on the ground spawning from 39 rushing attempts.
The highest offensive output for the night was quarterback Connor Ducklow, who had 74 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the Spring Valley victory. Spring Valley now sits in a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings with Boyceville and Glenwood City.
The next game for Spring Valley is at home against Boyceville on Friday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. As for Elmwood/Plum City, its next game is also on Friday night. They play on the road against Glenwood City. Kickoff is also slated for 7 p.m.
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