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Panthers their own worst enemy against B-W

The St. Croix Central football team was excited to renew its rivalry with Baldwin-Woodville. Way too excited.

Central and Baldwin-Woodville hadn't played each other since 1983. The Panthers had trouble holding back their emotions in the game. That led to numerous mistakes. B-W gladly took advantage of those mistakes, beating the Panthers 19-3.

Four interceptions, two lost fumbles and four personal foul penalties. Those St. Croix Central mistakes turned an even game well into the favor of the Blackhawks.

"That just killed us big time," St. Croix Central coach Tony DiSalvo said of the 10 major mistakes. "Some of the boys got a little carried away. If we had just settled down and played, it would have been a different game."

Travis Helland had three of the four B-W interceptions. He also threw a 65-yard touchdown pass for the opening score of the game, a pass that was deflected by a Panther defensive back. B-W receiver Mike Gleason was still able to haul in the pass and go for the score.

The Panthers' best drive came in the second quarter, when they marched inside the B-W 10-yard line. The Panther offense then started going backwards, so the coaches decided to have Josh Armagost kick the field goal.

That made the score 6-3, but a Panther turnover helped the Blackhawks score again before halftime, making the deficit 12-3.

Late in the third quarter the Panthers fumbled deep in their own territory, giving the Blackhawks the opportunity for another short scoring drive. That set up the final score of the game.

DiSalvo said there were a few bright spots to the game. He said Keith Johnson blocked well in the offensive line and that Phil Heimel played well at linebacker. Heimel stepped in because Craig Myer missed the game due to injury.

The one thing the Panthers can find solace in, according to DiSalvo, is that the mistakes they made in this loss are correctable.

The Panthers hope those corrections are made by this Friday, when they begin their Dunn-St. Croix Conference schedule. The Panthers open the D-SC slate at Unity this Friday. The Eagles are coming off a huge win, beating St. Croix Falls by nearly 40 points last Friday.

Baldwin-Woodville 19,

St. Croix Central 3

St. Croix Central 0 3 0 0 3

Baldwin-Woodville 6 6 7 0 19



Mike Gleason 65 yard pass from Travis Helland (run failed)


Josh Armagost 22 yard field goal


Dylan Deringer 5 yard run (kick failed)


Brock Boldt 12 yard run (Deringer kick)


First Downs 8 7

Rushing Yards 152 106

Passing Yards 49 112

Passes 7-15-4 int. 5-13-1 int.


SCC -- Jordan Kooiman 22-87, Brady Hughes 10-60, Josh Armagost 1-5


SCC -- Tyler Cody 7-15-4 int; 49 yards


SCC -- Cameron Sarnstrom 3-28, Jordan Kooiman 3-10, Cory Muller 1-11

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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