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St. Croix Central football makes successful MBC debut over Somerset; New Richmond also falls

The St. Croix Central football team made its long-awaited debut in the Middle Border Conference a rousing success.

The Panthers won their first MBC game on Friday, going to Somerset and defeating the defending MBC champions, 25-6.

New Richmond also was defeated in its MBC opener, losing at Osceola 21-14.

Central and Somerset battled to a 6-6 tie at halftime. Central got the break of the game when Cole Refsnider blocked a Somerset punt early in the third quarter. That set up a touchdown run by quarterback Kyle Larson. 

Central scored again late in the third quarter on a 30-yard blast by fullback Cody Gostovich. Gostovich scored the game's final touchdown with 1:50 left in the game, shortly after Larson had broken free for a 62-yard run.

Osceola led New Richmond 21-14 at halftime and neither team was able to reach the goal line in the second half. 

In the other Middle Border Conference games Friday, Amery defeated Baldwin-Woodville 23-6 and Prescott edged past Ellsworth 25-22.

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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