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Friday football: SCC, Somerset impress; New Richmond stumbles

St. Croix Central quarterback Austin Kopacz breaks away for one of his three long runs in the first half of the 42-0 win over Ellsworth on Friday.

Austin Kopacz ran around Ellsworth’s defenders. Ryan Larson ran over them.

That 1-2 combination from the backfield carried the St. Croix Central football team to a 42-0 spanking of Ellsworth in their Middle Border Conference opener on Friday night.

Somerset was just as effective on Friday. The Spartans ended Osceola’s three-year unbeaten streak in the MBC, manhandling the Chieftains, 42-7.

New Richmond played at Baldwin-Woodville on Friday night and both teams had trouble sustaining anything offensively. B-W took advantage of two pass interference penalties in the final drive, setting up a 37-yard Robert Crowley field goal with 1:42 left in the game to defeat the Tigers, 9-7.

St. Croix Central

Kopacz and Larson both scored three touchdowns for the Panthers in their win over Ellsworth. Kopacz was able to get outside against the Ellsworth defense, breaking three runs of 50 yards or more. He finished the game with 206 yards of 15 carries.

Larson was the jackhammer that ran over the Ellsworth defenders. He left Ellsworth defenders crumpled on the ground as he ran for 29 and 22-yard touchdowns in the first half.

Somerset

The 21-game winning streak of the Osceola Chieftains in the MBC is over, courtesy of their rivals from the south. The first quarter ended with Somerset and Osceola tied 7-7. From then on, the game was all Somerset. Jack Peterson broke the tie with a 61-yard run early in the second quarter. It was first of four straight touchdowns Peterson would be involved in. One of those touchdowns was a pass from Peterson to receiver David Ortega. Somerset halfback Roy Hale scored the first and last touchdowns of the game.

Peterson averaged more than nine yards per carry in Friday’s game, finishing with 158 yards in 17 attempts. Quarterback Will Piletich also had a big game, with 135 yards on 23 attempts. Hale and fellow halfback Tate Pitcher didn’t touch the ball often, but they made things happen. Both of Hale’s carries in the game resulted in touchdowns. Pitcher carried the ball twice, gaining 63 yards.

New Richmond

Friday’s game was the height of frustration for the Tigers. New Richmond outgained B-W, but neither team had a memorable night on offense.

The Tigers finally got the offense rolling in the fourth quarter. The Tigers put together a 54-yard scoring drive, based around the running of Cooper Strand and Tim Salmon. Christian Germain put the Tigers ahead with a 2-yard touchdown blast with 6:06 left in the game.

Baldwin-Woodville came right back, with the drive starting at the Hawks’ 18-yard line. The Tigers were called for two pass interference penalties that kept the drive alive. That got the Hawks to the Tigers 20-yard line, setting up Crowley’s deciding touchdown with 1:42 left in the game.

The Tigers had one more possession, but couldn’t get a single first down.

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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