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New Richmond football rallies for first win, Somerset stops Osceola

The first win for the New Richmond football team under head coach Keith Badger certainly was a memorable one.

The Tigers rallied from behind twice in the second half to defeat Baldwin-Woodville 22-18 at the New Richmond football stadium on Friday.

New Richmond from a 12-0 halftime deficit to overcome the Blackhawks. The Tigers had no offensive success in the first half, but that changed dramatically in the second half. The Tigers' first possession of the half resulted in a 74-yard drive, with Connor O'Loughlin scoring on a 4-yard run. O'Loughlin scored again with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter, putting the Tigers in front 15-12.

B-W burned the Tigers on their only defensive mistake of the second half to retake the lead. On a third and short, B-W faked a dive into the line. The Tigers bit on the fake and B-W was able to complete a pass over the middle for a 63-yard touchdown with 3:13 remaining.

O'Loughlin's huge performance reached its peak on the ensuing kickoff, which he returned 60 yards down the Tiger sideline to the B-W 23. O'Loughlin scored two plays later, to make the score 22-18 with 2:34 left.

B-W had one more charge left. The Blackhawks drove to midfield, before fumbling, with New Richmond's Keilan Mehls recovering.

In other games Friday night, Somerset took charge early against Osceola, winning 30-14 in a game played at St. Croix Falls. Ellsworth showed again that it is a conference contender, overpowering Durand 29-8.

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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