After getting knocked down, Central football proving they’ll get up again

One of the top team performances we’ve seen recently was Central football’s three-point win over Onalaska–just one of those games where every play had the chance to go the distance.

The 36-33 win couldn’t have come at a better time for the RiverHawks.

Central had gotten shocked 10-0 by West Salem the week before, after building a reputation of being able to score almost at will.

But just like that classic song, Central may get knocked down, but they get up again.

“It was pretty humbling to go from scoring 45 a game to getting shut out,” senior Quinn Servais said.

“I personally had the worst game I’ve ever played in my life, and that wasn’t acceptable,” said quarterback Mason Herlitzke, who had four interceptions in that West Salem loss. “We knew we had to have that bounce-back mentality, and we did all week.”

In the game with Onalaska, Central got out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and fended off a Hilltopper passing attack just enough for the win.

“Based off our first few drives on offense and defense, we started really hot, so we knew we just had to stick it through and channel what we’re capable of,” Servais said.

“It’s a huge win,” Herlitzke said, “and our coaches said it yesterday that that is the new expectation.”

They say they proved they were the more explosive team in that game, and it’s hard to argue when they had three other touchdown plays that were taken off by penalties–a Cole Lapp kick return, a Jackson Warren catch, and a 61-yard run by Herlitzke, the last of which was Herlitzke’s most fun on a football field to date.

“I just had a feeling it was coming back,” he said. “Any time something like that happens, and especially in that game, we already had two big touchdowns called back, so I felt like it was definitely coming back. I turned around, saw two flags, and I was like, shoot.”

Central is now 3-1 overall and will face River Falls on the road this Friday.