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Friday's Results: New Richmond, SCC football open with wins; Somerset loses wild battle

Somerset senior running back Zach Schmidt picks up yardage to the outside on this sweep during the first half of the Spartans' battle with Bloomer on Friday.

The New Richmond and St. Croix Central football teams opened the 2017 season with victories Friday night, while Somerset lost in a tremendous offensive dogfight.

New Richmond trailed 14-7 entering the fourth quarter, but got a touchdown and field goal in the final quarter to pull out a 17-14 homefield win over River Falls.  Drew Momchilovich scored the tying touchdown on a 3-yard run. Sean Flandrick delivered the game-winning points, via a 21-yard field goal.

Somerset and Bloomer waged another in their history of epic games. The score was tied 38-38 midway through the fourth quarter, when Bloomer scored to go up 46-38. Somerset drove inside the Bloomer 10-yard line in the final seconds, but couldn't get to the goal line.

The highlight for Somerset was the play of junior Jack Peterson. He seemed to be in on every tackle, but his defensive work was outshone by his efforts on offense. Peterson ran for 297 yards on 24 carries. The rest of the Somerset offense accounted for 56 yards.

While Somerset showed some good things on offense, the Spartans struggled on defense. They particularly struggled in stopping Bloomer's gadget formations, which accounted for most of the Blackhawks' scoring.

St. Croix Central opened its state title defense with a 24-6 win over Durand, the defending Dunn-St. Croix Conference champion.

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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