Spartans are three-time MBC champs; become fifth team ever to win three straight titles
The battle for the Middle Border Conference football title proved to be one-sided, to say the least.
Somerset scored early and Somerset scored often, burying Osceola with 36 first half points. With running time in the second half, the Spartans were quickly able to put away a 36-0 win.
With the win the Spartans lock up their third straight undisputed MBC championship. The win also avenges the Spartans' last loss in the MBC, in 2003 at Osceola. The Spartans have won 15 straight conference games since that loss.
The Spartans, now 8-0 and 6-0 in MBC action, were razor sharp in the win at Osceola. The Spartans took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, with senior quarterback John Anderson capping the 15-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown option run.
The next Somerset possession resulted in another score. Tight end Brett Schreiner was left uncovered by the Osceola defense and Anderson dropped a pass right into his hands, with the connection producing a 45-yard touchdown.
Osceola then fumbled the ensuing kickoff. A pass from Anderson to Mitch Colanino took the ball to the Chieftain 3, where Anderson finished the drive with a 3-yard score. This gave the Spartans a 22-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Spartans lengthened their lead with two big plays in the second quarter. sophomore fullback Brock Montpetit broke through the Osceola line early in the second quarter and none of the Chieftains could chase him down as he went 78 yards for the touchdown.
The Spartans capped their scoring on a 39-yard pass from Anderson to halfback Evan Kowalski. This score had been set up by an interception by Kowalski on the previous play.
The Somerset coaches were looking for an effort worthy of a championship game and that's just what the players gave against Osceola.
"That's as focused as our kids have been in a while," said Somerset coach Bruce Larson. "It was a great effort across the board."
Larson said that Anderson had an excellent game directing the Somerset offense. Anderson was 4-4 passing, covering 118 yards and producing two touchdowns.
The Spartan defense completely frustrated Osceola. The Osceola offense was held to 95 total yards in the game, while Somerset's offense gained 323 yards.
This is the fifth time in Middle Border Conference history that a team has won three straight undisputed conference football championships. The last time this was done was the 1978-1980 seasons, when Mondovi won the title each year. The other instances of three consecutive MBC titles were River Falls from 1955-1957, Menomonie from 1949-1951 and River Falls from 1945-1947.
This Thursday the Spartans will wrap up their Middle Border Conference season with a home game against Baldwin-Woodville.
The Spartans will then move on to the WIAA playoffs. The WIAA playoff bracket should be announced on Friday. Because of their finish atop the conference, the Spartans are expected to play on their home field in the opening round of tournaments next Tuesday.
Somerset 36, Osceola 0
Somerset 22 14 0 0 36
Osceola 0 0 0 0 0
Som -- John Anderson, 5 yard run (Dan Kirk kick)
som -- Brett Schreiner, 45 yard pass from Anderson (Drew Baillargeon run)
Som -- Anderson, 3 yard run (Kirk kick)
Som -- Brock Montpetit, 78 yard run (Kirk kick)
Som -- Evan Kowalski, 39 yard pass from Anderson (Kirk kick)
First Downs 14 8
Rushing Yards 205 91
Passing Yards 118 4
Passes 4-4-0 int. 2-8-2 int.
Penalties 5-25 5-30
Som -- Brock Montpetit 19-162; John Anderson 6-23; Tony Martin 5-11; Brett Schreiner 1-7; Drew Baillargeon 2-6; Alex Sullivan 2-(-4)
Som -- John Anderson 4-4-0 int., 118 yards
Som -- Mitch Colanino 2-34; Brett Schreiner 1-45; Evan Kowalski 1-39