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Friday football: New Richmond, Somerset, SCC all score wins

New Richmond running back Cooper Strand broke into the open on this play in Friday's win over Amery. Eric Andre photo

The New Richmond and St. Croix Central football teams rolled to one-sided victories on Friday night, while Somerset pulled out a dramatic win at Baldwin-Woodville.

The New Richmond football team hosted Amery in the Tigers' final regular season home game. The Tigers kept their hopes of a Middle Border Conference title alive by drubbing the Warriors 42-0. The Tigers play at Osceola next Friday. A win at Osceola would earn the Tigers a share of the MBC title. The Tigers had little trouble with Amery. New Richmond led 21-0 at halftime, then doubled the score in the second half.

St. Croix Central could also still get a share of the MBC title. The Panthers are now 5-1 in the MBC after a 35-0 homefield defeat against Prescott on Friday. If New Richmond defeats Osceola next Friday and Central defeats Somerset, the conference lead would end in a three-way tie between Central, New Richmond and Osceola.

Central had little trouble with Prescott on Friday. The Panthers rolled up a 28-0 lead by midway through the second quarter. By that time, Prescott's offense still hadn't been able to earn its initial first down of the game.

Somerset pulled out a highly dramatic 8-7 win at Baldwin-Woodville on Friday. Somerset's offense was frustrated all night. Somerset junior linebacker Jack Peterson came up with the game-changing play. Baldwin-Woodville tried a quarterback keeper and Somerset read the play like a book. Peterson blitzed, jarring the ball from the quarterback. Peterson took control of the ball and scored from 15 yards out. The drama heightened on the try for the two-point conversion. Somerset quarterback Bennett Baillargeon was tackled near the goal line. The officials huddled for over a minute before giving the signal that Baillargeon had reached the goal line, giving Somerset the 8-7 lead with 5:07. 

Baldwin-Woodville had one more chance, but Somerset defensive back Will Piletich intercepted the long pass and returned it to the Blackhawk 30-yard line. The win is the second straight for the Spartans after they started the season 0-6.

In the other MBC game Friday, Osceola defeated Ellsworth 6-0. This gives Osceola a share of the 2017 MBC title.

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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