Cards, falcons look to continue post-season run

After posting lopsided Level 1 victories last week, a pair of area football teams will be back on the gridiron Friday night for the second round of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs.
Scenic Bluffs Conference champion Bangor will face a familiar foe in Hillsboro in its Level 2 game, while Brookwood hits the road to battle Dairyland Conference champion Melrose-Mindoro.
Bangor vs. Hillsboro
In a battle of the SBC rivals, the Cardinals will host the Tigers in a 7 p.m. Division 7 match-up.
Bangor thumped Hillsboro 42-14 when the two teams met on Oct. 2, so the Tigers will have to bring their “A” game to the gridiron Friday night.
Cardinal running back Andrew Piske is likely to be the focus of the Tiger defense.
Piske rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns the last time the two teams met, and he’s coming off a four-carry, three-touchdown, 115-yard performance in last week’s 60-0 Level 1 victory over Weston.
In the Oct. 2 victory, Bangor racked up 329 total yards on offense, including 318 on the ground, while holding Hillsboro to just 123 yards on offense.
The Tigers advanced to Level 2 with a 22-15 victory over De Soto in last week’s opening round.
Against De Soto, Hillsboro running back Tommy Crandall rushed for 213 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns to lead a Tiger offense that gained 375 yards on the ground.
In 10 games this season, undefeated and second-ranked Bangor has outscored its opponents 473 to 57.
Piske’s three-touchdown effort last week upped his season total to 33.
Friday’s Division 7 clash between the Cards and the Tigers will get underway at 7 p.m. at Bangor High School.
Brookwood vs. Melrose-Mindoro
The Falcons, who entered the post-season with the No. 7 seed, advanced to Level 2 with a 33-0 shutout of No. 2 seed Markesan in the opening round of the Division 6 playoffs.
Running backs Cory Ottum and Matt Hansen both eclipsed the century mark on the ground, fueling a potent Brookwood offense that piled up 328 yards on the ground.
Ottum rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries, while Hansen carried the ball 19 times for 121 yards and two scores.
Melrose-Mindoro’s only Dairy Conference blemish was a 14-8 loss to Cochrane-Fountain City on Oct. 2, but the Mustangs got revenge last week with a 40-0 trouncing of the Pirates to advance to Level 2.
Brookwood enters Friday’s match-up with a 7-3 overall record, while the Mustangs are 8-2 this year.
Friday’s Division 6 battle between the Falcons and the Mustangs is set to get underway at 7 p.m. at Melrose-Mindoro High School.

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