Wild Rose advances to second round of playoffs
The Wild Rose football team advanced to the second round of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 7 playoffs with a decisive 49-6 win over the Cambria-Friesland Hilltoppers on Oct. 20 in Wild Rose.
With the visitors’ first possession of the game, the Hilltoppers started moving the ball, with an 8-yard run by Jacob Raymond and a 12-yard run by Reed Prochnow. A couple plays later, Wild Rose’s Alec VandeCastle put a definite stop on the drive by intercepting a pass and racing 78-yards to score. The PAT was no good, however, the Wildcats had a 6-0 lead with 7:51 showing on the clock.
The Hilltoppers ran a couple plays with their second possession, lost a little ground, then gained 5 yards on a Joseph Pulver run after a false start penalty. The possession didn’t last long as Wild Rose senior Jeremiah Churchville picked up a fumble and ran 24-yards for Wild Rose’s second score. A 2-point conversion play by Lucas Hackney gave the hosts a 14-0 lead with 6:44 remaining in the first period.
Cambria-Friesland started their next possession on their own 40-yard line and picked up a first down with a 5-yard run form Andrew DeBoer and a 6-yard run from Raymond. On 4th and 6, the HIlltoppers decided to go for the first down, but the pass was intercepted by Dillon Martin who ran 60 yards for a third Wild Rose score. The PAT was good and the Wildcats extended their lead to 21-0 with 4:00 still remaining in the first quarter.
Cambria-Friesland’s fourth possession didn’t last long and the Hilltoppers were forced to punt.
The hosts only offensive possession in the period started on their own 45-yard line after a 21-yard run by senior Lucas Hackney. A pass found its way to Tommy Friday who was wide open and ran the ball the remaining 33 yards to score. The extra point was good, and the Wildcats went up 28-0 with 1:39 left in the period.