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New Richmond football opens playoffs Friday, hosts La Crosse Logan

Halfback Brandon Powers (1) broke several big plays for the Tigers in their win over Osceola on Friday. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia

The second half of the season has just gotten better and better for the New Richmond varsity football team.

Not only did the Tigers win their fifth straight game on Friday, lifting them into a tie for second place in the Middle Border Conference standings, but the Tigers also earned a home game in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs as the third seed in the Division 3 regional bracket. That means they will play at home Friday at 7 p.m. against sixth-seeded La Crosse Logan.

Logan has a 4-5 overall record and finished with a 3-4 mark in the Mississippi Valley Conference. Logan finished the regular season with wins over Aquinas and Tomah. Previous to that, Logan had lost four straight games. If the Tigers win on Friday, they would likely play at second-seeded Ashland the following Friday. Ashland hosts seventh-seeded Sparta on Friday.

Passes will not be accepted for football playoff games.

The Tigers assured themselves of a place in the top half of the regional bracket with a 46-13 win over Osceola on Friday. The win was the fifth straight for the Tigers, after the team started the season 0-4 over the first month of the season.

“To stick together and rattle off five straight wins says a lot of (the players),” said first-year Tiger coach Reggie Larson. “They kept working hard and it paid dividends. It’s been awesome to see that buy-in.”

This may have been the Tigers’ most complete game of the season. Offensively, the Tigers moved the ball at will, with more than 200 yards of rushing amassed by halftime.The Tigers finished with 372 yards of offense. Joe Powers and Talon Seckora continue to develop as a lethal running back tandem, with both finishing with more than 100 yards on the ground Friday. Powers ran 12 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Seckora carried 13 times for 107 yards.

Osceola had no answer for the Tiger passing game. Quarterback Tim Salmon completed 10 of 12 passes for 119 yards. Six of those completions went to Joey Kidder for 90 yards.

Most of Osceola’s yardage came on two plays against the Tiger defense. One was a 56-yard pass on a defensive misread by the Tigers in the first quarter. The other Osceola score came on a gadget play against the Tiger reserves with 20 seconds left in the game.

New Richmond 46, Osceola 13


NR -- Dawson Grove, 10 yard pass from Tim Salmon (kick failed)

NR -- Salmon, 5 yard run (run failed)

O  -- Logan Clark, 57 yard pass from Aaron Schmidt (Gavin Peterson kick)

NR -- Joe Powers, 53 yard run (Kennan Stowers kick)

NR -- Talon Seckora, 49 yard run (Stowers kick)

NR -- Powers, 21 yard run (Stowers kick)

NR -- Christian Germain, 1 yard run (kick failed)

NR -- Powers, 3 yard run (Stowers kick)

O -- Gus Peterson, 25 yard pass from Nicholas Carlson (kick failed)

New Richmond rushing

Joe Powers 12-134; Talon Seckora 13-107; Tim Salmon 3-16; Christian Germain 1-1; Zach Panek 1-(-5)

New Richmond passing

Tim Salmon 10-12-0 int., 119 yards

New Richmond receiving

Joey Kidder 6-90; Dawson Grove 1-10; Braeden Gefeke 1-9; Drew Momchilovich 1-6; Nolan Eckert 1-4

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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