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Friday’s Results: SCC football overpowers Tigers; Somerset rolls

St. Croix Central quarterback Austin Kopacz (11) breaks free on a touchdown run during the first half of the Panthers' 39-0 victory in New Richmond on Friday.

The St. Croix Central and Somerset football teams flexed their collective muscles on Friday, at the expense of the New Richmond and Prescott squads.

Central and Somerset both improved to 2-0 in the Middle Border Conference with impressive road wins on Friday. Central went to New Richmond and rode an overpowering offensive showing to a 39-0 win over the Tigers. Somerset went to Prescott and scored a 42-21 victory.

St. Croix Central will try to improve to 5-0 next Friday by playing at Baldwin-Woodville’s Homecoming game. New Richmond will try for its first win of the season when it plays at Prescott. Somerset will attempt to improve to 3-0 in the MBC next Friday in a home game against Ellsworth.

St. Croix Central has used big plays to win its first three games, but it was ball control that was the Panthers’ main weapon in the first quarter. The Panthers opened the game with a 16-play drive, Keagen Berg scored on a 5-yard run to culminate the drive.

Central then forced the Tigers into a three-and-out. The Panthers marched down the field, before quarterback Austin Kopacz found tight end Derek Myer for a 37-yard touchdown pass. It was first of two touchdown hookups between the two.

Central coach Tony DiSalvo said Myer is making himself into much more of a well-rounded player this season. He was best known for his punting last season, but Myer has become a factor at tight end and defensive end this season.

In the second quarter, the Panthers broke out the big plays. First, fullback Ryan Larson burst through the middle of the New Richmond defense for a 62-yard score. Later in the quarter, Kopacz took a keeper around right end for a 55-yard touchdown. Kopacz struck again with 1:32 left in the first half, this time on a 31-yard dash, to put Central up 32-0 at halftime.

Myer caught his second touchdown pass from Kopacz with 2:46 left in the third quarter for the only score of the second half.

New Richmond’s offense had glimpses of success, mostly in the second half. The Tigers drove to the Central 15 before being stopped, and they were at the Panther 6-yard line for the final play of the game. Central had 432 total yards in the game, compared to 161 for the Tigers. Kopacz and Larson both rushed for more than 100 yards for the Panthers, Kopacz finishing with 126 yards and Larson with 112.

Somerset football

The Spartans led 15-6 at halftime, but scored the first three touchdowns of the second half to pull away from Prescott. The lead stood at 35-6 at that point.

Somerset was able to use its powerful running game to take control at Prescott. The Spartans gained 426 yards on the ground, with the senior tandem of fullback Jack Peterson and quarterback Will Piletich almost equally splitting the damage. Peterson finished the game with 204 yards on 24 carries. Piletich ran for 184 yards in 16 carries.

The Spartans averaged 8.8 yards per play on offense.

MBC girls golf

The New Richmond girls golf team barely kept its unbeaten MBC season intact Friday in a match played at Pheasant Hills Golf Club in Hammond. The Tigers won the match by shooting a 188, but Ellsworth made a strong bid to overtake the Tigers, finishing with a 191.

St. Croix Central finished third in the team standings at 203 and Somerset was fourth at 205.

New Richmond senior Maggie Veenendall was the meet medalist, shooting a 40. Ellsworth’s Erica Feuerhelm was second at 43, Somerset’s Haley Myers was third at 44 and New Richmond’s Jessica Hagman was fourth at 46. New Richmond’s other scores included a 50 from Ashley Swiggum, 52 from Sydney Nolan and 53 from Lanie Veenendall.

St. Croix Central was led by senior Hannah Schwechler with a 49. Parker Chladek shot 50, Hanna Wehausen 51, Sally Vangsness 53 and Brooklyn Mishler 56.

Joining Myer in the Somerset varsity lineup were Cora Adkins at 50, Mackenzie Weeks at 53, Briley Olson at 58 and Mara Erickson at 68.

Somerset boys soccer

The Spartans earned a homefield 5-2 victory over Osceola on Friday. Erik Osorio and Logan Giossi both scored twice in the victory, with Torsten Strom scoring his first varsity goal. The Spartans will be at home again on Monday, facing the Unity-St. Croix Falls cooperative team.

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 more than 30 years.

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