Cards advance with 28-14 defeat of Hillsboro
Bangor’s Andrew Piske usually does his damage carrying the football, but Friday night he fueled a second-half defensive shutout of Hillsboro to help the Cardinals move on to Level 3 of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 7 football playoffs.
The Cardinal defense held the Tigers scoreless in the second half to hold on for a 28-14 victory over their Scenic Bluffs Conference rivals.
Bangor opened up a two-touchdown lead early, but Hillsboro answered with a pair of first-half scores to keep the game close.
The Cardinals took the opening kick-off and jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Piske scored on a 10-yard run and Jack Reader booted an extra point with 8:47 left in the quarter.
Hillsboro turned the ball over on its first play from scrimmage and Bangor doubled its lead when Luke Reader hit paydirt from one yard out to cap off a 10-play, 40-yard scoring drive.
Jack Reader nailed another extra point to give the Cards a 14-0 advantage with just under five minutes left in the quarter.
Hillsboro answered on its next drive, when Tommy Crandall scored on a nine-yard run and Joe Helgerson tacked on a two-point conversion to cut Bangor’s lead to 14-8 entering the second quarter.
Piske scored his second touchdown of the game from six yards out with 5:36 remaining in the half to increase the Cardinal lead to 20-8.
The Tigers answered late in the half, when Helgerson scored on a five-yard run that trimmed the deficit to 20-14 at the half.
Both teams went scoreless for most of the third quarter, before Piske scored on a five-yard run with 1:25 left in the frame.
Luke Reader hauled in a pass from Kellen Kravik to take on the two-point conversion and give Bangor a 28-14 lead.
The touchdown was Piske’s third of the game and 36th of the season.
The Cardinals defense was stellar in the second half, holding the Tigers scoreless over the final two quarters.
Piske finished with 146 yards on 29 carries to lead the Cardinals on the ground, while Jack Reader picked up 61 yards on 10 carries and Luke Reader carried the ball seven times for 41 yards.
Bangor finished with 262 total yards, including 259 on the ground, while the cardinal defense held Hillsboro to just 195 yards – 153 of which came on the ground.
Tyler Crandall carried the ball 21 times for 86 yards to lead the Tigers on the ground, while Tommy Crandall picked up 34 yards on 10 carries.
The second-ranked Cardinals improved their record to 11-0 with the win, while Hillsboro finished its 2015 campaign with an 8-3 mark.
The Cards advanced to Level 3 of the Divisions 7 playoffs, where they will host second-seeded Ithaca in a 7 p.m. match-up at Bangor High School Friday.