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Somerset football shows its playoff ready, mauling Osceola 60-7

The assignment was pretty clear for the Somerset football team.

Show that you are playoff ready.

The Spartans took care of that assignment, and did a whole lot more, in bludgeoning Osceola 60-7 in their regular season finale last Friday. With the win the Spartans are undisputed champions of the Middle Border Conference, their fifth straight MBC title.

Friday's game at Osceola showed the offensive firepower the Spartans have been seeking. In the first half the Spartans rolled up 46 points, before turning the game over to the junior varsity players for the second half.

The first half explosion featured the Spartans scoring in nearly every way possible. The Spartans had three scores from the ground game, with fullbacks Vern Breault and Derrick Berry producing them. The passing game netted one score, when quarterback Tyler Ledbeter found receiver Austin Bushinger for a 19-yard touchdown pass.

Bushinger also gave the Spartans a defensive touchdown, carrying an interception back 46 yards for a score.

After Osceola scored its only touchdown, the Somerset special teams got into the scoring act. Robbie Flom returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for the score with 45 seconds left in the first half.

Somerset coach Bruce Larson was quite pleased with the performance of the junior varsity in the second half. The JV scored on two lengthy drives. Fullback Max Praschak scored the first touchdown on a 21-yard run and halfback Moses Sheffel scored in the fourth quarter from 23 yards out.

The Spartans begin the WIAA football tournaments this Friday. Because of the lawsuit filed against the WIAA by the Milwaukee Messmer football program, the Division 3-7 brackets weren't released until Monday night.

It was announced that the Spartans will host Unity at 7 p.m. this Friday in the opening round of Division 4 playoff action. Unity reached the playoffs by tying for second place in the Large Lakeland Conference with a 4-2 record. The Eagles are 5-4 overall. Larson said the Eagles run a Single-Wing offense, similar to that run by Durand.

Somerset enters the playoffs with an 8-1 record, after finishing at 6-1 in the Middle Border Conference.

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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