AREA GRID WRAP-UP
There was good news for two of four area teams in the opening round of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association football playoffs Friday night.
Bangor and Brookwood both posted big Level 1 victories to keep their post-season runs alive, but the season came to an end for both Cashton and Tomah after first-round losses.
The Cardinals crushed Weston 60-0 and Brookwood rolled to a 33-0 shutout at Markesan, while Cashton was defeated 32-7 at Ithaca and Tomah fell 35-0 at Waunakee.
Bangor 60, Weston 0
Andrew Piske scored on the opening play from scrimmage and Bangor never looked back, as the Cardinals shutout the Silver Eagles in Division 7 action.
Piske carried the ball just four times in the game, scoring three touchdowns and racking up 115 yards to help Bangor build a commanding 54-0 halftime lead.
All four of Piske’s runs came in the opening quarter.
He scored on a 60-yard run on Bangor’s first play from scrimmage and added touchdown runs of two and 36 yards in the opening 12-minutes of play.
Kellen Kravik hooked up with Sam Johnson on a 39-yard touchdown pass for another first-quarter score, as the Cardinals forged an early 34-0 advantage over Weston.
Kravik scored on a 48-yard touchdown run to open the second quarter and gave a Bangor a 47-0 cushion when he returned an interception 45 yards for another score.
Luke Reader added a 26-yard touchdown run late in the half to account for the 54-0 Cardinal lead at intermission.
Theo Muellenberg scored Bangor’s final touchdown on a 22-yard run in the third quarter.
Bangor finished with 457 yards on offense, including 418 on the ground, while Weston finished with just 153 yards on offense.
The Cardinal gridders move on to Level 2 to host Scenic Bluffs Conference rival Hillsboro in a 7 p.m. at Bangor game Friday night.
The Cardinals defeated Hillsboro 42-14 when the two teams met Oct. 2.
Brookwood 33, Markesan 0
Cory Ottum and Matt Hansen both rushed for more than 100 yards to lead the Falcons to a shutout road victory over No. 2 seed Markesan in Division 6 action.
Ottum opened the scoring for Brookwood with a six-yard touchdown run in in the first quarter.
Hansen hit paydirt from one-yard out and added a two-point conversion run to increase the Falcon advantage to 14-0 in the second quarter, before Ottum broke free for a 43-yard touchdown run later in the frame to give Brookwood a 20-0 lead at the half.
Ottum scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter and Hansen tacked on some insurance with a touchdown run from five yards out in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons a 33-0 lead.
Ottum led Brookwood with 140 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, while Hansen finished with 121 yards and two scored on 19 carries.
Brookwood will travel to Melrose-Mindoro to battle the Mustangs in a Level 2 game at 7 p.m. Friday.
Waunakee 35, Tomah 0
The Timberwolves ran into a powerhouse in the opening round of the playoffs, as top-seeded Waunakee rolled to a shutout victory over Tomah.
The undefeated Warriors scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to open up a 14-0 lead at the half.
Waunakee added a touchdown in the third quarter and tacked on two more in the fourth frame to coast to the victory.
Tomah’s offense, which was led by Josh Perdot with 43 yards on 13 carries, finished with just 129 yards on offense.
Quarterback Jack Haye competed three of 11 passes for 89 yards, including a 75-yarder to Kyle Kroener.
Ithaca 32, Cashton 7
The Eagles came out on the short end of a rematch with Ithaca.
The Bulldogs opened up a 14-7 lead after one quarter of play and tacked on a dozen points in the second quarter to forge a 26-7 lead at the half.
Both teams failed to score in the third quarter, before Ithaca put the game away with a touchdown in the final frame.
Ithaca, this year’s Ridge and Valley Conference champion, defeated Cashton 40-14 when the two teams met in the season opener.
Cashton finished with just 141 yards on offense, while the Bulldogs gained 416 total yards.
Jayden Schmitz led the Eagles on the ground with 18 carries for 72 yards, while Noah Flock completed four of six passes for 70 yards.