Good evening....I'm Gregg Wavrunek.
Football Friday nights are back.
The Logan Rangers kick-off their season with a drive
up to Carson Park to take on Eau Claire Memorial.
Joining us now live.
with the highlights is News 8's Kyle Deckelbaum.
Yeah that two-hour drive for Logan was without air
conditioning as the team buses had some mechanical
Rangers coming off their 1-st level three playoff
they return the electrifying Aric Elmore.
Let's show you what happened.
Game two of La Crosse versus Eau Claire....Central
falling to E.C.
North last night here at Carson Park.
Early 1-st quarter ...Rangers looking to move the
ball up field...
Quarterback Johnny Kind heaves the ball up...
Check out the diving catch by Dakota Horton, moving
They used Elmore all different kinds of ways tonight.
1-st quarter .
here he is on the 29 yard run .
check out the jukes on his way for the touchdown!
And like Central last night .
a 7-0 Logan lead early.
Still in the first ...
Gotta keep your eyes on Elmore...
He slips by defenders for a 19 yard touchdown run
Rangers miss the extra point.
They still lead 13-0.
Second quarter, Memorial rallying back...
Final minute of the half...
From the one inch line .
Old Abes' Q-B Ben Everhart punches it in.
Memorial takes a 14-13 halftime lead.
But Logan has Aric Elmore.
He left late in the 1-st half with an ankle injury
he returns as good as ever.
From the four yard line .
there goes Elmore .
96 yards for the score.
he scores four touchdowns!
Logan wins 27-21!
Four touchdowns today.
Are you ready for the season or what? I'm ready.
I am completely ready.
Walking over here, saw you limping.
I guess it's feeling better.
I'm never going to quit my team.
I'll play through it.
It's going to bother me now, I can whine about it
all weekend but in a game, I'm going to stick through
Just a bit up the road from here....Holmen starting
their season at Chippewa Falls.
Scoreless in the second quarter, the Cardinals trying
all sorts of misdirection...
The Vikings defense having none of it...
Third down stop forces a punt keeping the score zero-zero.
On the ensuing possession...
Holmen's Camryn Zimmerman throwing on the run and
across his body...
Still hits Chris Magnuson for the big pickup.
Few plays later.
Zimmerman rolling out...and finds a wide open Kyle
Koelbl Cable who walks into the endzone..
Vikings lead 7-0 at the half.
Crazy finish to this one.
Zimmerman with a late touchdown....and Chi-Hi answers
with a touchdown with five-seconds to go but miss
the extra point.
Holmen wins 14-13.
So two exciting games here Gregg.
Two local teams picking up huge wins.
I'll send it back to you for the rest of the way.
Changes on both sides of the ball for the Onalaska
Tonight they debut their no-huddle, hurry-up offense.
As well as a blitzing 3-3-5 defensive scheme.
Onalaska opening up the season at home against Merrill.
Second quarter .
Ona trailing by 12 .
Alex Gumz gets the pitch to the outside.
Breaks a tackle to get to the endzone.
Hilltoppers down 12 - 7.
Merrill answers on the next drive .
Mason Reinhardt powers his way through the line for
Bluejays increases the lead to 11.
In the third .
Merrill pulling away .
Wyatt Strombom fights his way into the endzone to
finish the long drive.
Score 24 - 7 Bluejays.
They add another score in the fourth and beat Onalaska
31 to 7.
Aquinas drives south to take on Prairie du Chien.
Early in the 2nd Aquinas's Tyler Young rolls out and
finds Eric Wilson in the flats.
who then shows off his speed and races down the sideline
for the 50 yard gain for the Blugolds...however the
drive would stall after this.
Later in the 2nd Prarrie Du Chien turns to their workhorse.
Peyton Hall....he sheds off multiple Blugold tackles
and is finally brought down by Nick Shankey.
Same drive still.....The Blackhawks
now in the redzone....again
they turn to Hall....he follows a WALL of blockers
and finds his way into the enzone for the touchdown.....2
point conversion fails.....Blackhawks take the lead
All Prairie du Chien tonight as they win 42-6.
One M-V-C versus Coulee game in week one as Black
River Falls takes on Sparta.
1st quarter action.
Black River Falls wasting no time.
they start off with an onside kick and they recover
That leads to this.
Jack Roou 17 yard touchdown pass to Nathan Parker
they go up 8-0...
Back comes Sparta.
after a BRF turnover, they capitalize with a field
goal by Jacob Edwards to pull within 5...
Tight game tonight....B-R-F holds on to win 34-32.
Down I-94 we go....as neighbors Tomah and Mauston
Pick this one up in the 3rd quarter.
Tomah's defense making a play...Josh Repaal with the
he returns it deep into Golden Eagle territory...
That sets up this.
Justin Shie finding Christan Wagenson for the 7 yard
to go up 12-0...
Tomah begins the season with a 14-zero win.
West Salem's first game as a football member of the
M-V-C is a 42-6 win at Durand.
Much more still ahead...including a matchup between
the favorite to win the Coulee conference against
the Dairyland conference favorite.
nats - band playing
Welcome back to the News 8 Highlight Zone.
During our Highlight
Zone preview show....Wis-sports-dot-net's
Travis Wilson picked Arcadia as the favorite in the
Coulee....Independence/Gilmanton the favorite in the
Those two teams square off in week one....as the Arcadia
football team plays for the first time on their new
21 - 0 start for Arcadia as we pick things up in the
Arcadia ball at the 25 .
and Rob Hoesley Hess-lee rolls out and lobs one up
Jim Hoesley Hess-lee takes it to the house!
It's Hoesley to Hoesley for a 75 - yard touchdown!
They go up 28 - 0.
Next drive for the Raiders .
and they feed Lee Pronschinske.
He bounces to the outside and gains a whole bunch
but he wasn't done there.
2 plays later .
11 yards out .
and Pronschinske gets to the endzone!
Arcadia goes up big.
And they win big.
42-0 the final.
Our second of three Coulee versus Dairyland games
has Whitehall at Westby.
Five minutes to go in the second quarter .
Westby's Tanner Schmitt with the quarterback keeper
from five yards out.
Westby up big 33-0.
One minute to go .
Westby driving .
Whitehall's Cole Demulling and Avery Ernstmeyer force
turnover on downs.
Westby up by 33 at half.
Second half .
and check this out Westby's Travis Hofslein ...he
dodges one .
five Whitehall defenders to take it 20 yards for the
Hofslein with 169 rushing
yards and three touchdowns...Westby
Blair-Taylor and Luther playing over in Onalaska.
Knight's opening drive of the game .
4-th down .
Babinec scrambles around .
finds a wide open Caleb McNally in the endzone.
Luther strikes first 7 - 0.
Later in the first .
Knights on the attack again .
Babinec rolls to the right .
finds his man McNally again who dives in for the touchdown.
Luther increases their lead to 14.
Viroqua gets shutout on the road at Cuba City.
Another nice week one matchup as Cochrane-Fountain
City and Pepin/Alma meet.
1st drive of the game.
C-F-C back to pass.
but it's picked off by Cole Engstrand.
He takes it down the line but is stopped before reaching
the end zone.
Pepin - Alma ball.
That sets up a Trevor Heit cut up the middle for the
Eagles goes up 7 - 0.
C-F-C looking to answer back,
Tristan Schmidtknecht Shmit - nick with the keeper
up the middle.
They would miss the extra point .
6 - 7 Pepin - Alma.
Pepin/Alma wins a hard fought game....21-14 the final.
Cashton hosting Ridge and Valley favorite Ithaca.
Second play of the game .
Ithaca's Joey Clary finds Caleb Olson .
he takes it 59 yards to the house for the score!
Two-point conversion successful .
Bulldogs lead 8-0.
Very next play.
Cashton's Jeffry Janzen fields the kickoff .
he finds a hole .
makes defenders miss .
takes it 80 yards for the touchdown!
Failed two-point conversion .
Eagles trail 8-6.
Eight minutes left in the first quarter .
Aaron Kepler with the score from 6 yards out.
Ithaca up 16-6.
And Ithaca goes on to get the 57-12 win.
A new season...and as Caledonia looks at it....a new
opportunity to begin another dominating, championship
stretch of football.
The last time out on the field saw streaks of 36-wins
and three-state titles come to an end.
Warriors open up play at home against conference foe
We pick this one up in the 3rd
Tanner Gran on a 10 yard pass from Austin Bauer for
his first career touchdown!
Warriors go up 19-0
Huge defensive play for Caledonia
Seth Twite intercepts the pass putting the Warriors
in scoring positon
Two plays later Sam Stemper takes a quick pass and
takes it in for a Warriors Touchdown
Caledonia starts the season
with a 26-0 shutout victory....which
is their 34th straight conference win.
Houston opening their season
at home against LeRoy-Ostrander.
Big play here Hunter Laschenski hits Tyler Nelson
for a 15 yard pass putting Houston in scoring postion