GAME RECAP - The Truckers scored the upset by wearing down Ripon with a dominating running attack. Clintonville ran the ball 64 times on the evening for 418 yards. Joe Hauser paved the way with 36 carries for 245 yards while scoring all three of the Truckers' touchdowns. Nate Simpson added 16 carries for 143 yards. Clintonville established itself early with a 91-yard scoring drive to open the game, capped by Hauser's two-yard run. In the second half, the Truckers ran the ball 34 times for 279 yards. Hauser had 186 yards on 20 carries in the second half. NOTE: Hauser's rushing total was the most ever against Ripon in recorded history. The old record was 228 by Dennis Moon of Omro set in 1973...The Clintonville rushing total was the most ever given up by a Tiger team under head coach Rick Kelm. The school record is 497 rushing yards against set in 1968 by Berlin.
First Quarter -  CLINTONVILLE - Joe Hauser 2 Yard Run (Kick Failed)
Third Quarter - RIPON  - Connor Hanson, 5-yard Run (Kick failed)
Third Quarter - CLINTONVILLE - Joe Hauser, 2-yard Run (Chase Stenson Kick)
Fourth Quarter - CLINTONVILLE - Joe Hauser 4 Yard Run (Chase Stenson Kick)
Fourth Quarter - RIPON - Connor Hanson 75-Yard Pass from Michael Polcyn (Kick Failed)
INDIVIDUAL STATS
PASSING (ATT-COMP-INT-YDS) - Michael Polcyn 15-3-2-99 1 TD
RECEIVING - Connor Hanson 1-75-75.0 1 TD, Brian Ludjack 1-12-12.0, Andy Freeman 1-12-12.0
RUSHING (ATT-YDS-AVG LONG)- Connor Hanson 12-86-7.2 50 1 TD, Zach Farrell 10-42-4.2 12, Brian Ludjack 3-23-7.7 12, Ben Wetzel 5-18-3.6 8, Team 1-(-8)-(-8.0) (-8)
KICK OFFS (ATT-YDS-AVE-R Y-R A) - Juan Godinez 3-150-50-64-21.3
PUNTS (ATT-YDS-AVE-R Y-R A) - Ian Rasch 5-159-31.8-66-13.2
KICK RET (ATT-YDS-TD-AVE-LNG) - John Schroeder 3-39-0-13.0-16, Connor Hanson 1-40-0-40.0-40
PUNT RET (ATT-YDS-TD-AVE-LNG) - John Schroeder 1-2-0-2.0-2
DEFENSE
FUMBLE RECOVERED - John Roesch 1, Matt Reilly 1
FUMBLE FORCED - Matt Reilly 1
INTERCEPTS - Matt Reilly 1
TOP TACKLERS (TOTAL-SOLO-ASST-LOSS-SACK) - Matt Reilly 20-1-19-0-0, John Schroeder19-4-15-1-0, Craig Toufar 14-3-11-1-0, Logan Spillner 12-1-11-0-0, Lucas Klosterman 11-1-10-0-0
AROUND THE CONFERENCE
THURSDAY
LITTLE CHUTE 32, BERLIN 0 - Berlin was outgained, 276-20, rushing 34 times for just three yards. The Indians’ Austin Anzivino was the top offensive gainer with 24 yards on seven rushing attempts.  The Mustangs recorded two safeties, when bad snaps to the punter sent the ball into the end zone where the Indians recovered. Ryan Reynebeau added an 83-yard kickoff return to start the second half.
XAVIER 43, Omro 7 - A blocked punt in the first five minutes got the Hawks off to a good start in their win over the Foxes. The Hawks then used a patient ground game with Chris Kessenich and Connor O'Brien combined for 144 yards to control the clock and the tempo of the game. Kessenish threw for two touchdowns and ran for another while O'Brien caught one touchdown and ran for a second.
WAUPACA 55, Freedom 21 - The Comets broke from a 7-7 score in the first quarter by scoring five consecutive touchdowns to pull away from the Irish. The five-touchdown blitz included a pair of touchdown passes and a touchdown run by Harley Anderson. Anderson finished with 91 yards rushing while teammate Beau Ash had 77 yard rushing with three touchdowns. Jake Wilson caught four passes for the Comets for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
Winneconne 33, FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN 22 - Special teams and a powerful rushing attack sparked the Wolves in their victory against FVL. Winneconne used a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter and also churned out 229 yards on the ground to turn back the Foxes. "(Special teams) is what we need to clean up as quick as we can," FVL coach Joel Kramer said. "Because we play again Thursday night against Little Chute. And they had some guys that could fly. They played very, very well." Zach Strube rushed for 95 yards on just five attempts and Joey Mayefski scored on runs of one and three yards to spark the Wolves. Alek Brandenburg tallied 76 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for the Foxes.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS
WAUPACA                1  0  0  55  21 RIPON                   0  1  0  12  20
XAVIER                 1  0  0  43   7 FREEDOM                 0  1  0  21  55
CLINTONVILLE           1  0  0  20  12 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN     0  1  0  22  33
WINNECONNE             1  0  0  33  22 OMRO                    0  1  0   7  43
LITTLE CHUTE           1  0  0  32   0 BERLIN                  0  1  0   0  32
Player             Pos YR School
1st Team Offense
Brock Jensen (POY)* QB Sr Waupaca
Connor Hanson*      RB Jr Ripon
Michael Solberg*    RB Sr Waupaca
Alek Brandenburg    RB Jr FVL
Pat Hendricks*      OL Sr Clintonville
Cory Kemnitz        OL Sr Ripon
Derrick Minton*     OL Jr Waupaca
Greg Peterson       OL Sr Ripon
Blair Reitzner      OL Sr Xavier
Anthony Martin      WR Sr Little Chute
Nate Nelson*        WR Sr Waupaca
Chase Stenson       TE Sr Clintonville
Zack Lichfield*      K Jr Waupaca
2nd Team Offense
Sam Schultz         QB Sr Little Chute
Kevin Borland       RB Sr Berlin
Zach Farrell        RB Jr Ripon
Nate Simpson        RB Jr Clintonville
Michael Arndt       OL Sr FVL
Scott Herzfeldt     OL Sr Little Chute
Dallas Lewallen     OL Jr Berlin
Justin Ross         OL Sr Clintonville
Matt Volkman        OL Jr Waupaca
James Gloudemans    WR Sr Little Chute
Dan Murphy          WR Sr Xavier
Andy Freeman        TE Jr Ripon
Paul Iglar           K Sr Xavier
* = unanimous POY = Player of the Year
Player             Pos YR School
1st Team Defense
Josh Girard         DT Sr Winneconne
Cody Evers          DT Jr Little Chute
Pat Hendricks       DT Sr Clintonville
Matt Volkman        DE Jr Waupaca
Matt Schepp         DE Sr Little Chute
James DeYoung (POY)*LB Sr Waupaca
Spencer Adler       LB Jr Little Chute
Brennan Krueger     LB Sr Ripon
Chris Little        LB Jr Xavier
JT Schlaver         DB Jr FVL
Dan Klister         DB Sr Xavier
Michael Solberg     DB Sr Waupaca
Nate Nelson*         P Sr Waupaca  
2nd Team Defense
Blair Reitzner      DT Sr Xavier
John Lang           DT Sr Waupaca
Adam Michalski      DT Sr Waupaca
Derrick Minton      DE Jr Waupaca
Ben VanderHeuvel    DE Sr Little Chute
Danny Gulbransen    LB Sr FVL
Conner Kiesow       LB Sr Waupaca
Brock Rosendale     LB Sr Winneconne
Justin Ross         LB Sr Clintonville
James Gloudemans    DB Sr Little Chute
John Schroeder      DB Jr Ripon
Zach Stubbe         DB Jr Winneconne
Paul Iglar           P Sr Xavier  * = unanimous POY = Player of the Year / MVP
Player             Pos YR School
Honorable Mention Offense
Dale Kube           QB Sr Freedom
Dan Krueger         RB Sr Xavier
Connor O'Brien      RB Jr Xavier
Danny Gulbransen    RB Sr FVL
Austin Jarvis       OL Sr Clintonville
Kyle Johnson        OL Jr Ripon
Mike Mayefski       OL Sr Winneconne
Josh Meronek        OL Sr Waupaca
Benjamin Vosters    OL Sr Freedom
Kyle Moodie         WR Sr Ripon
Nick Tompkins       WR Sr Winneconne
Derrick Green       TE Sr Freedom
Chase Stenson        K Jr Clintonville 
Honorable Mention Defense
Matt Haberland      DT Sr Freedom
Dallas Lewallen     DT Jr Berlin
Joe Obertin         DT Jr FVL
Cody Wedde          DE Jr Clintonville
Brent McCoy         DE Sr Winneconne
Andy Marks          LB Jr Berlin
Zach Pamer          LB So Winneconne
Kyle Stapleton      LB Sr Omro
Matt VanderZanden   LB Sr Little Chute
Alek Brandenburg    DB Jr FVL
Mike Romenesko      DB Sr Little Chute
Nate Simpson        DB Jr Clintonville
Eric Edler           P Sr FVL
THE 2008 EASTERN VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
(RIPON) - The problems of Week One fo the Ripon Tigers have been exorcised for now. Using a powerful defense and an opportunistic defense, Ripon rolled over their arch-rivals from Berlin, 40-6 for their eighth consecutive win in the series which dates back to the 19th century. Connor Hanson scored four touchdowns, giving him six through the first two games, three on the ground and one on a punt return, to lead the offense, while also passing the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his career. Matt Reilly scored a touchdown on one of the more bizarre plays of the season. After Indians RB Austin Anzivino was apparently stopped at this 28, Reilly stripped him of the ball, and hearing no whistle, spun around the dashed into the end zone for 28-0 lead just prior to the end of the first half. Berlin, which falls to 0-2, scored their first touchdown of the season on a halfback-option pass in the the third quarter as Steve Lehman hooked up with Josh Ferron for a 59-yard strike.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT - "I think last week was a wake-up call. We can't continue on like this. I do believe this was our best week of practice. We really stepped it up. I feel very good, more than anything, about the attitude we brought in." -Ripon coach Rick Kelm to the Oshkosh Northwestern
BERLIN -   0   0   6   0  -  6
RIPON  -  14  14   6   6  - 40
1st - RIPON - Hanson, 6-yard run (Hanson run) RIPON 8-0
1st - RIPON - Hanson, 65-yard punt return (Run failed) RIPON 14-0
2nd - RIPON - Hanson, 1-yard run (Polcyn to Wetzel pass) RIPON 22-0
2nd - RIPON - Reilly, 26-yard fumble return (Run failed) RIPON 28-0
3rd - BERLIN - Lehman-to-Ferron, 59-yard pass (Pass failed) RIPON 28-6
3rd - RIPON - Ludjack, 7-yard run (Run failed) RIPON 34-6
4th - RIPON - Hanson, 2-yard run (Run failed) RIPON 40-6
RUSHING - Zach Farrell 12-89, Connor Hanson 15-64, Brian Ludjack 6-31, Daniel Hron 3-16, Ben Wetzel 6-12, Michael Polcyn 2-12, Kyle Gillett 1-(-4), Team 1-(-4)
PASSING: Michael Polcyn 5-0, 0 TD, 1 INT
PUNTING: Ian Rasch 5-178-35.6
PUNT RETURNS: Connor Hanson 3-67-22.3 1 TD, John Schroeder 1-11-11.0
KICK RETURNS: Zach Farrell 1-0-0.0, Brian Ludjack 1-16-16.0
WEEK TWO SCOREBOARD
THURSDAY
LITTLE CHUTE 16, Fox Valley Lutheran 7 - A week after a 32-0 win over Berlin, Little Chute controlled the line of scrimmage, outgaining the Foxes by a 313-103 margin on the ground. But the Mustangs were hampered by two fumbles deep in FVL territory. Holding a 10-7 lead, the Mustangs were stopped on downs at the Foxes' seven-yard line with 2:38 remaining. On the next play, defensive back Chad VanderLoop came up with his second interception of the game and ran the ball back to the four-yard line. The Mustangs put the game away with Julious Gonzalez's four-yard touchdown run.
FRIDAY
Waupaca 16, WINNECONNE 10 (2OT) - Beau Ash scored on a 2-yard run in the second overtime, as the Comets escaped with the win, setting up an early season battle for first in the EVC next week with Little Chute.  The Wolves were led by junior quarterback Austin Ryf who ran for 100 yards on 15 carries and completed four of his 10 passes for 39 yards.
Clintonville 34, OMRO 0 -  The Truckers rolled over the Foxes with 326 yards on the ground, compared to Omro's 95. Truckers RB Joe Hauser continued to shine with 125 yards rushing and three TDs
Xavier 19, FREEDOM 3 - The Hawks defense held the Irish to 71 total yards, forced a fumble and recorded a safety en route to the win. Connor O'Brien paced the Xavier offense with 113 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries.
RIPON 40, Berlin 6
CONFERENCE STANDINGS
LITTLE CHUTE           2  0  0  48   7 RIPON                   1  1  0  52  26
WAUPACA                2  0  0  71  31 BERLIN                  0  2  0   6  72
XAVIER                 2  0  0  62  10 FREEDOM                 0  2  0  24  74
CLINTONVILLE           2  0  0  54  12 OMRO                    0  2  0   7  77
WINNECONNE             1  1  0  43  38 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN     0  2  0  29  49
TEAM STATISTICS
RIPON     52  42  50  58  0  - 202
OPPONENT  23  20  32  28  0  - 102
FIRST DOWNS                    RIPON       OPP
RUSH                              73        70
PASS                              16        14
PENALTY                            1         5
TOTAL                             90        89
RUSHING
ATTEMPTS -YARDS             332-1640  361-1462
AVG                              4.9       4.0
PASSING
ATT-COMP                      86- 26    98- 35
PERCENTAGE                        30        36
INTERCEPT                          5        15
YARDS                            538       510
TOTAL YARDS                     2178      1972
FUMBLES-LOST                   17-10     15- 7
PUNTS/YDS                    38-1228   37-1080
AVERAGE                         32.3      29.2
KICK OFF/YD                  37-1774   24- 897
AVERAGE                         47.9      37.4
PENALTIES-YARDS              51-435    25-212
BLOCKED KICKS                      1         0
OFFENSIVE STATISTICS
Passing                   Att Com Yards   PCT TD Int
Michael Polcyn             83  25   501  30.1  4   5
Connor Hanson               1   1    37 100.0  0   0
Rushing                         Att  Yds  Avg TD Lng
Connor Hanson                   135  872  6.5 11  75
Zach Farrell                     89  429  4.8  4  34
Ben Wetzel                       57  243  4.3  2  18
Brian Ludjack                    15   72  4.8  1  12
John Schroeder                    5   26  5.2  0  11
Daniel Hron                       6   24  4.0  0   8
Michael Polcyn                   12   19  1.6  1   8
Ty Weir                           2    5  2.5  0   5
Kyle Gillett                      1   -4 -4.0  0  -4
Receiving                       Rec  Yds  Avg TD Lng
Connor Hanson                     8  227 28.4  2  75
Matt Reilly                       5  134 26.8  1  47
Ben Wetzel                        5   62 12.4  0  26
Andy Freeman                      4   66 16.5  0  28
John Schroeder                    2   27 13.5  1  24
Brian Ludjack                     1   12 12.0  0  12
John Kollin                       1   12 12.0  0  12
Scoring              TD XPA-XPM FGA-FGM  2XP SAF TOT
Connor Hanson        16   0-  0   0-  0    7   0 110
Ben Wetzel            2   0-  0   0-  0    6   0  24
Zach Farrell          4   0-  0   0-  0    0   0  24
Matt Reilly           3   0-  0   0-  0    0   0  18
John Schroeder        1   0-  0   0-  0    1   0   8
Michael Polcyn        1   0-  0   0-  0    0   0   6
Brian Ludjack         1   0-  0   0-  0    0   0   6
SPECIAL TEAMS STATISTICS
Kickoffs                      ATT  YDS  AVE R Y  R A
Juan Godinez                   36 1737 48.3 538 14.9
Evan Brown                      1   37 37.0   8  8.0
Punting                          Punts  Yds  Avg Lng
Ian Rasch                           38 1228 32.3  45
Punt Return                     Ret  Yds  Avg TD Lng
Connor Hanson                     8 116  14.5  1  66
John Schroeder                   11  97   8.8  0  65
Kick Return                     Ret  Yds  Avg TD Lng
Connor Hanson                     6  267 44.5  2  95
Brian Ludjack                     2   37 18.5  0  21
John Schroeder                    7  106 15.1  0  30
Matt Reilly                       1   12 12.0  0  12
Andy Freeman                      2   17  8.5  0  12
Zach Farrell                      3   20  6.7  0  12
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS



























FUMBLES RECOVERED -  Matt Reilly 3, John Roesch 2, Lucas Klosterman 1, Andy Freeman 1
FUMBLES FORCED -  Matt Reilly 3, John Roesch 1
INTERCEPTIONS - Matt Reilly 5, Jess Ehrenberg 4, John Schroeder 3, Bryce Brewer 2, Jared Langenhorst 1
BLOCKED KICKS - Brian Ludjack 1
PASSING (Min 16 att)  Team  ATT COM  YDS  PCT TD INT
Harley Anderson        Wau  105  59  901 56.2 10   6
Sam Kossow             FVL  129  59  787 45.7  5  12
Austin Ryf             Win   75  32  520 42.7  2   5
Michael Polcyn         Rip   83  25  501 30.1  4   5
Neal Schlavensky       Fre   78  28  487 35.9  3   4
Bryan Hargrave         Ber   60  28  405 46.7  5   8
JJ Martin              LCh   88  36  405 40.9  2   4
Ryan Winske            Omr   96  30  346 31.3  3   6
Chris Kessenich        Xav   50  23  335 46.0  5   2
Patrick Van Daalwyk    Cli   52  26  301 50.0  1   6
RUSHING                   Team  ATT  YDS  AVG TD LNG
Connor Hanson              Rip  135  872  6.5 11  75
Beau Ash                   Wau  135  662  4.9  9  65
Nate Simpson               Cli   99  623  6.3  4  63
Alek Brandenburg           FVL  138  617  4.5  7  63
Connor O'Brien             Xav   98  606  6.2  5  59
Joey Mayefski              Win  124  593  4.8  6  80
Joe Hauser                 Cli  115  588  5.1  7  67
Kyle Stapleton             Omr   83  563  6.8  2  70
Kevin Vosters              Fre   85  501  5.9  6  80
Austin Ryf                 Win   79  458  5.8  5  66
RECEIVING                 Team  REC  YDS  AVG TD LNG
Alek Brandenburg           FVL   21  221 10.5  1  70
Jake Wilson                Wau   17  518 30.5  7  90
Adam Nelson                Omr   17  208 12.2  2  39
Mike Huberty               FVL   15  324 21.6  3  53
Josh Ferron                Ber   15  217 14.5  3  59
Tyler Jenson               Wau   15  175 11.7  2  24
Jordan Hecker              Win   12  280 23.3  1  57
David Schepp               LCh   12  190 15.8  2  43
Jesse Wiley                Cli   12  173 14.4  1  38
Beau Ash                   Wau   11   52  4.7  1  17
SCORING         Team TDS XPA-XPM FGA-FGM 2XP SAF TOT
Connor Hanson    Rip  16   0-  0   0-  0   7   0 110
Beau Ash         Wau  10   0-  0   0-  0   0   0  60
Alek Brandenburg FVL   8   0-  0   0-  0   0   0  48
Chase Stenson    Cli   3  16- 11   9-  4   1   0  43
Jake Wilson      Wau   7   0-  0   0-  0   0   0  42
Kevin Vosters    Fre   7   0-  0   0-  0   0   0  42
Joey Mayeski     Win   7   0-  0   0-  0   0   0  42
Joe Hauser       Cli   7   0-  0   0-  0   0   0  42
Connor O'Brien   Xav   6   0-  0   0-  0   2   0  40
Zach Litchfield  Wau   0  33- 29   6-  2   1   0  37
PUNTING (Minimum 16 punts)   Team  ATT  YDS  AVG LNG
Brad Navin                    Wau   30 1081 36.0  62
Darin Rickert                 FVL   38 1324 34.8  62
Bruce Daul                    Fre   45 1522 33.8  63
Eric Krause                   Cli   31 1014 32.7  46
Nate Reynebeau                Xav   36 1165 32.4  44
Ian Rasch                     Rip   38 1228 32.3  45
Corey Gonzalas                Ber   22  699 31.8  60
Anthony Dempsey               Omr   37 1030 27.8  47
PUNT RETURN (Min 8 ret)    Team Ret  Yds  Avg TD Lng
Brad Navin                  Wau   8  179 22.4  2  50
Andy Yeska                  Wau   9  167 18.6  0  29
Nate Simpson                Cli   9  141 15.7  0  52
Connor Hanson               Rip   8  116 14.5  1  66
Joe Hauser                  Cli   8   75  9.4  0  38
John Schroeder              Rip  11   97  8.8  0  65
JT Schlaver                 FVL  10   81  8.1  0  21
Ryan Reynebeau              LCh   8   46  5.8  0  15
Sam Dunham                  Win  10   57  5.7  0  15
Matt Johnson                Ber  10   46  4.6  0  19
KICK RETURN (Min 8 ret)    Team Ret  Yds  Avg TD Lng
Ryan Reynebeau              LCh   9  278 30.9  1  83
Caleb Ratzman               Win   8  227 28.4  1  90
Bruce Daul                  Fre  12  294 24.5  0  63
Nate Simpson                Cli  11  265 24.1  0  42
Kevin Vosters               Fre  12  272 22.7  1  75
Steve Lehman                Ber   9  196 21.8  0  41
Adam Nelson                 Omr  11  218 19.8  0  39
Ben Laska                   Omr  14  272 19.4  0  27
Matt Johnson                Ber  13  250 19.2  0  39
Jimmy Schmidt               Xav   8  149 18.6  0  27
Austin Anzavino             Ber  10  142 14.2  0  35
Junior Varsity
Little Chute     7-0 Berlin           3-4
FVL              5-2 Xavier           2-5
Waupaca          4-3 Ripon            2-5
Winneconne       4-3 Freedom          2-5
Clintonville     4-3 Omro             1-6
Freshmen
Waupaca          6-1 Berlin           3-4
FVL              6-1 Omro             2-5
Freedom          6-1 Clintonville     2-5
Xavier           4-3 Winneconne       1-6
Little Chute     4-3 Ripon            1-6
(APPLETON) - The Tigers overcame a patch-work offensive line thanks to an opportunistic defense and their patented use of big plays to improve to 2-1 with a 20-10 win over Fox Valley Lutheran Friday night. The Foxes trailed 12-3 at the half and had to punt on their first drive of the second half, but a Tiger fumble on their first play gave the ball right back to FVL on the Ripon 20. QB Sam Kossow capped the Foxes' drive by scoring on a nine-yard run to close the gap to two. Ripon quickly responded on their next drive, as Connor Hanson rocketed for a 75-yard touchdown run. Hanson accounted for every single Tiger point, and has an incredible 56 points through the first three games. NOTES: Matt Reilly continued his impressive defensive play, ripping the ball out Aleck Brandenburg's hands, the second time in as many weeks he has done that to an opposing back, and made a spectacular interception late in the game to thwart any hopes of a comeback for FVL...The win keeps Ripon perfect at FVL, with three wins over the Foxes, and a 2003 playoff win over Wittenberg-Birnamwood.
RIPON -   6   6   8   0   - 20
FVL   -   3   0   7   0   - 10
1st - RHS - Connor Hanson, 1-yard run (Run failed)
1st-  FVL - Darin Rickert, 26-yard field goal
2nd - RHS - Hanson 7-yard run (Pass failed)
3rd - FVL - Sam Kossow, 9-yard run (Rickert kick)
3rd - RHS - Hanson, 75-yard run (Hanson run)
RUSHING - Connor Hanson 17-159 3 TD, Zach Farrell 12-40, Ben Wetzel 7-39, Brian Ludjack 6-18,
Michael Polcyn 1-0
PASSING: Michael Polcyn 9-1-13 0 INT 0 TD
RECEIVING: Connor Hanson 1-13
PUNTING: Ian Rasch 7-268-38.3
PUNT RETURNS: John Schroeder 1-7, Connor Hanson 1-9
KICK RETURNS: Connor Hanson 1-16, Zach Farrell 1-12, Andy Freeman 1-5
WEEK THREE SCOREBOARD
XAVIER (3-0) 12, Winneconne (1-2) 10 - Ben Johnson's 52-yard touchdown run late in the game kept the Hawks perfect, and handed the Wolves their second straight heartbreaking loss. Brandon Billman had kicked a 27-yard field goal earlier in the quarter to give Winneconne a 10-6 lead.
Clintonville (3-0), BERLIN (0-3) 8 - Clintonville led 20-0 thanks to two Nate Simpson TD runs in the second quarter and a 1-yard Joe Hauser TD run in the first. Berlin's score came in the third, when Austin Anzivino ran the ball into the endzone from 35 yards out. Cory Gonzales punched in the two-point conversion.
WAUPACA (3-0) 28, Little Chute (0-3) 0 - The Comets held the Mustangs to 102 total yards, while RB Beau Ash led the offense with 52 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Comets QB Harley Anderson finished with 142 yards passing, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.
OMRO (1-2) 30, Freedom (1-2) 28 - Omro snapped a 19-game losing streak that dates back to 2007 by defeating Freedom, the last team the Foxes beat in their first Eastern Valley Conference game of that season. Omro K Zach Baehman hit a 35-yard field goal that just made it over the goal post with 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter for the win. Kyle Stapleton scored on a 4-yard run late in the third to cut Freedom's lead to 28-27, but Baehman had missed the extra point for the tie. Baehman had earlier ran for two touchdowns, while Kevin Vosters led the Irish with three rushing touchdowns.Ryan Winske added a 78-yard run for the victorious Foxes.
CONFERENCE STANDINGS
CLINTONVILLE           3  0  0  74  20 WINNECONNE              1  2  0  53  50
WAUPACA                3  0  0  99  31 OMRO                    1  2  0  37 105
XAVIER                 3  0  0  74  20 FREEDOM                 0  3  0  52 104
LITTLE CHUTE           2  1  0  48  35 BERLIN                  0  3  0  14  92
RIPON                  2  1  0  72  36 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN     0  3  0  39  69
(RIPON) - The odds of the Ripon Tigers upsetting the Waupaca Comets seemed slim to none prior to kickoff. The Comets came in as defending Division Three champions, had lost just one conference game in the history of the Eastern Valley Conference, had won 17 consecutive games overall, and were coming off a 28-0 pounding of Little Chute last week. When the dust settled Friday night, the Tigers found themselves back in the EVC title race, and remained perfect on FieldTurf, while Waupaca was left to wonder who had run them over.  The Tigers snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Comets, dating back to October 1990. The two teams met only once between 1999 and 2007. Connor Hanson had another spectacular night with 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown on a key fourth down play to start the scoring, threw a 37-yard option pass and scored on a two-point conversion. His 20-point night gives him 78 points this season, and keeps him on pace to record one of the top five scoring seasons in Tiger history. Michael Polcyn also shook off his early season slump and completed 5-of-8 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. The Tiger defense continued to shine, as they have allowed just 23 points in the past three games. That is the best stretch for a Ripon defense, since the 2005 champions allowed 13 points in their first three playoff games, outscoring their opponents 126-13. They held the Comets to just 55 yards on offense in the first half, 12 of that through the air. Ripon dominated the second half thanks to four interceptions, two from Jess Ehrenberg on consecutive Waupaca offensive plays, which almost looked identical. Ripon will try to further tangle up the conference title race when they travel to Appleton Xavier next Friday night. The Hawks are the last undefeated team in the conference, following their 15-14 win over Little Chute.
NOTES: Ripon passed for 164 yards, the most they have accumulated through the air since they hit for 177 yards against Clintonville in Week Eight of the 2007 season...The Tigers will be looking for their first 4-game winning streak since they ended their 15-game winning streak with a 45-27 loss to Sheboygan Falls in September 2006.
WAUPACA -   7   0   0   0   -  7
RIPON   -   8   0   6  12   - 26
SCORING
1st - Ripon - Connor Hanson, 10-yard pass from Michael Polcyn (Hanson pass from Polcyn) RIP 8-0
1st - Waupaca - Beau Ash, 2-yard run (Zach Litchfield kick) RIPON 8-7
3rd - Ripon - Hanson, 7-yard run (Run failed) RIPON 14-7
4th - Ripon - Hanson, 64-yard run (Run failed) RIPON 20-7
4th - Ripon - Ben Wetzel, 18-yard run (Pass failed) RIPON 26-7
RUSHING - Connor Hanson 20-143 2 TD, Ben Wetzel 12-631 TD, Zach Farrell 10-22, John Schroeder 2-14, Michael Polcyn 1-1, Team 3-(-33)
PASSING - Michael Polcyn 10-6-128 1 TD, Connor Hanson 1-1-37
RECEIVING - Connor Hanson 4-113 1 TD, Matt Reilly 1-37, John Kollin 1-12, Ben Wetzel 1-3
PUNTING - Ian Rasch 4-134 33.5
KICKOFFS - Juan Godinez 5-251 50.2
PUNT RETURNS - John Schroeder 2-(-3)
KICK RETURNS - Connor Hanson 1-16
AROUND THE CONFERENCE - WEEK FOUR
XAVIER                 4  0  0  89  34 OMRO                   2  2  0  63 121
RIPON                  3  1  0  98  43 WINNECONNE             2  2  0  87  64
CLINTONVILLE           3  1  0  84  34 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN    1  3  0  53  79
WAUPACA                3  1  0 106  57 FREEDOM                0  4  0  66 138
LITTLE CHUTE           2  2  0  62  50 BERLIN                 0  4  0  30 118
Omro 26, BERLIN 16 - Omro won its second straight after snapping its 19-game losing streak last week. Berlin led at halftime, 16-12, after a pair of touchdowns with successful two-point conversions, but the Foxes came back with a 14-point third quarter to pull ahead. Omro's Ryan Winske ran for two touchdowns, one from 61 yards out, and threw for a third. Zach Baehman ran in the final touchdown and kicked a pair of extra points.
WINNECONNE 34, Freedom 14 - Austin Ryf ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolves rebounded from two back-to-back heartbreaking losses. Joey Mayefski added 143 yards, including a 71-yard burst which put the game out of reach late in the third quarter. The Wolves ran for 301 yards, while the Irish ran for 241 in the loss.
Fox Valley Lutheran 14, CLINTONVILLE 10 - The Truckers held Fox Valley Lutheran to just 13 second-half offensive yards, but the Foxes still managed to record their first victory of the season, thanks to two first half touchdowns. Clintonville's Chase Stenson connected on a 29-yard field goal with 9:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Truckers could get no closer as they lost two fumbles and threw three interceptions.
Appleton Xavier 15, LITTLE CHUTE 14 - Trailing 14-3 with 8:30 to play, the Hawks scored two touchdowns two minutes apart and the defense did the rest. QB Chris Kessenich faked a handoff and scooted into the open field for a 35-yard touchdown for the win.
(RIPON) - Plagued by the rain and a downpour of turnovers, the Ripon Tigers saw their Eastern Valley Conference title hopes fade away Friday night with a 15-8 loss to Appleton Xavier, providing joy to the Hawks' Homecoming festivities. The Hawks scored the only points of the first half on a 4-yard run by James Kinderman late in the first quarter. Connor Hanson provided Ripon's lone scoring highlight when he took the opening kickoff of the second half and ran it back 95 yards for a touchdown, and then scored the two-point conversion for an 8-7 Ripon lead. Xavier would take the lead back, and for good, when Chris Kessenich fired a 24-yard touchdown pass to Chris Little on a 4th-and-16 play with ten minutes left in the game. Kessenich then floated a pass to Connor O'Brien for the two-point conversion. Ripon's offense struggled all night, with five turnovers, a disappointing 0-for-10 passing night and numerous key penalties, dropped passes and slips and falls in the rain and mud. Ripon will try and rebound this coming Friday when they host Freedom in their annual Homecoming game. The Irish will come into the game as one of two winless teams in the EVC, the other being Berlin. Freedom was blasted by Little Chute 28-0 Friday night.
RIPON -    0    0    8    0 -  8
XAVIER-    7    0    0    8 - 15
1st - XAVIER - James Kinderman, 4-yard run (Nate Reynebeau kick)
3rd - RIPON - Connor Hanson, 95-yard kickoff return (Connor Hanson run)
4th - XAVIER - Chris Little, 24-yard pass from Chris Kessenich (Connor O'Brien pass from Kessenich)
RUSHING - Zach Farrell 12-64, Connor Hanson 9-36, Michael Polcyn 3-4
PASSING - Michael Polcyn 11-0-0 2 INT
RECEIVING - Connor Hanson 4-113 1 TD, Matt Reilly 1-37, John Kollin 1-12, Ben Wetzel 1-3
PUNTING - Ian Rasch 5-151 30.2
KICKOFFS - Juan Godinez 2-87 43.5
PUNT RETURNS - John Schroeder 4-14-3.5
KICK RETURNS - Connor Hanson 2-115-57.5 1 TD
AROUND THE CONFERENCE - WEEK FIVE
XAVIER                 5  0  0 104  42 LITTLE CHUTE           3  2  0  90  50
WAUPACA                4  1  0 122  66 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN    2  3  0  87  81
WINNECONNE             3  2  0  97  64 OMRO                   2  3  0  63 131
CLINTONVILLE           3  2  0  93  50 FREEDOM                0  5  0  66 166
RIPON                  3  2  0 106  58 BERLIN                 0  5  0  32 152
Fox Valley Lutheran 34, Berlin 2- Mike Huberty caught two passes for touchdowns and Alek Brandenburg ran for two scores to lead the Foxes to the win over the Indians.  The Foxes put together slow, time-consuming drives to control the clock and did it by giving the Indians a steady diet of runs by Brandenburg who led the Foxes with 119 yards rushing on 29 carries. Berlin's only points came in the third, when they tackled a Foxes runner in end zone.
Winneconne 10, Omro 0 - In the annual China Bull game.Nash Herbst scored on a 50-yard run in the third quarter to seal the win for the Wolves and end the Foxes' modest two-game winning streak. Brandon Billman had a 23-yard field goal in the second. Caleb Ratzmann ran for 111 yards to lead the Wolves.
Little Chute 28, Freedom 0 - Julius Gonzalez rushed for two touchdowns and Spencer Adley ran for one in the Mustangs' win. The Mustangs held Freedom to 67 yards total offense. Playing without starting quarterback J.J. Martin, Jared Zak filled in and did well, completing 6-of-13 passes for 87 yards and two interceptions.
Waupaca 16, Clintonville 9 - Waupaca, rebounding from last week's loss to Ripon, only completed two passes, but both went for touchdowns. Harley Anderson hit Jake Wilson for strikes of 28 and 48 yards to help give the Comets the win. Beau Ash ran 35 times for 155 yards to lead the Waupaca ground game. Clintonville could only  manage a Jesse Wiley 20-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Van Daalwyk and a Chase Stenson field goal in dropping their second straight game. Waupaca's defense also added a team safety to take an early 2-0 lead.
(RIPON) - WHO says the Ripon Tigers cannot win in the rain? After going 0-2 in games where Mother Nature has played a role, Ripon rolled to a 40-12 win over Freedom in their annual Homecoming game. Connor Hanson reached 100 points scored on the season, giving him a commanding lead for the conference title in that category. Ben Wetzel scored four two-point conversions to add to the Tiger attack. Freedom came out gambling on their first drive, when they set up in punt formation and snapped the ball to their upback instead. Nick Greeley gained 13 yards to set up a first down at midfield, but the Irish fumbled on the next play. Ripon recoverred at the 50, and, five plays later, Zach Farrell barrelled up the middle for a 14-yard touchdown. If not for two long runs by Kevin Vosters, the defense would have pitched a shutout. Vosters scored on a 74-yard run to make it 8-6 Ripon late in the first, but, on the ensuing kickoff, Hanson picked the ball up at the Ripon 20 and streaked to his second kickoff return for a touchdown in as many weeks. Michael Polcyn would score on a 1-yard quarterback sneak in the second quarter to make it 24-6 Tigers at the half. Vosters would put Freedom back in the game, when he ripped off a 63-yard touchdown scamper on the second play of the half. Ripon came right back and responded on a 75-yard drive capped by a 47-yard touchdown toss from Polcyn to Matt Reilly. After Freedom turned the ball over on downs at their 26 midway through the fourth, Hanson roared up the middle for the game-clinching touchdown. NOTES: Ripon remains perfect against Freedom, with their fifth straight win in the series...Tiger head coach Rick Kelm finds himself one win shy of tying Jim Watson for the most wins by a Tiger head coach (93).
FREEDOM -   8    8   8   8   - 12
RIPON   -  16    8   8   8   - 40
1st - RIPON - Zach Farrell, 14-yard run (Ben Wetzel run) RIPON 8-0
1st - FREEDOM - Kevin Vosters, 74-yard run (Run failed) RIPON 8-6
1st - RIPON - Connor Hanson, 80-yard kickoff return (Wetzel run) RIPON 16-6
2nd - RIPON - Michael Polcyn, 1-yard run (Wetzel run) RIPON 24-6
3rd - FREEDOM - Vosters, 63-yard run (Run failed) RIPON 24-12
3rd - RIPON - Matt Reilly, 47-yard pass from Polcyn (Wetzel run) RIPON 32-12
4th - RIPON - Hanson, 26-yard run (Hanson run) RIPON 40-12
STATISTICS
RUSHING - Connor Hanson 17-139 1 TD, Zach Farrell 10-62 1 TD, Ben Wetzel 11-56, Daniel Hron 3-8, Ty Weir 2-5, Jordan Johnson 2-2, Michael Polcyn 3-2, Team 2-(-11)
PASSING - Michael Polcyn 10-5-0-1 107
RECEIVING - Matt Reilly 2-55 1 TD, Ben Wetzel 1-26, Connor Hanson 1-16, Andy Freeman 1-10
PUNTING - Ian Rasch 2-59 29.5
KICKOFFS - Juan Godinez 6-298 49.7
PUNT RETURNS - Connor Hanson 2-28 14.0, John Schroeder 1-65 65.0
KICK RETURNS - Connor Hanson 1-80 80.0 1 TD, Matt Reilly 1-12 12.0, Zach Farrell 1-8 8.0
FUMBLE RECOVERED - Lucas Klosterman
INTERCEPTION - John Schroeder
AROUND THE CONFERENCE - WEEK SIX
XAVIER 10, CLINTONVILLE 7 - Nate Reynebeau kicked a 30-year field goal with 35 seconds remaining in the game to give the Hawks the victory and keep their conference title hopes alive with three games to play. After Xavier's defense held the Truckers on thier one one-yard line in three downs and forced a punt, the Hawks took over on the Clintonville 33 and ran the ball to the 20 yard line to set up Reynebeau's game-winning kick. Prior to that, the only scoring occured in the second quarter. Clintonville got on the board first on a one-yard plunge by Chase Stenson, but Xavier answered on a 40-yard run by Connor O'Brien to tie the score.
WINNECONNE 25, LITTLE CHUTE 3 - Winneconne moved one step closer to the playoffs with an Eastern Valley Conference win over Little Chute Friday. The Wolves got on the board first in the second quarter with a 57-yard pass from Austin Ryf to Jordan Hecker.
But the real star of the night was the Winneconne defense, which held Little Chute to 120 total yards. The Mustangs (3-3), meanwhile, have to win two of their final three games, showdowns await with Ripon and Clintonville, to reach the playoffs. They were hampered this past week as illness made its way through the roster.
FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN 21, OMRO 6 - Ryan Winske scored Omro’s only touchdown of the game on a 49-yard run in the third quarter. He finished the day with 51 yards rushing and 81 yard passing, completing 12-of-24 attempts. Fox Valley Lutheran’s Alek Brandonburg posted FVL over the top in the fourth quarter with a pair of rushing touchdowns from 34 and 62 yards out from the goal line.
WAUPACA 48, BERLIN 0 - The Comets, who qualified for the playoffs with the win, dominated the Indians, holding them to minus-19 yards on offense. The Comets sacked the Berlin quarterback repeatedly and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Brad Navin and Eli Martens had interception returns of 15 and 25 yards for touchdowns, respectively.
X-XAVIER               6  0  0 114  49 LITTLE CHUTE           3  3  0  93  75
X-WAUPACA              5  1  0 170  66 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN    3  3  0 108  87
WINNECONNE             4  2  0 122  67 OMRO                   2  4  0  69 152
RIPON                  4  2  0 146  70 BERLIN                 0  6  0  32 200
CLINTONVILLE           3  3  0 100  60 FREEDOM                0  6  0  78 206
X-PLAYOFF ELIGIBLE
(WINNECONNE) - The Ripon Tigers will be making their ninth consecutive trip to the WIAA playoffs, thanks to a 30-20 win over Winneconne Friday night. The game was also the 93rd victory for Ripon head coach Rick Kelm, tying him for first place with Jim Watson for the most wins by a coach in Ripon Tiger history. Connor Hansen ripped up the Wolves for 114 yards on 19 carries, while Zach Farell was able to wrack up the points, scoring on touchdown runs of 11 and two yards. Winneconne’s Austin Ryf threw for 150 yards, but struggled with his accuracy completing less than 50 percent of his passes and tossing four interceptions, after having thrown only one in the first six games of the season. Matt Reilly had two of those interceptions, one he returned for a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the second to end all hopes of a Winneconne comeback with less than a minute to go. Bryce Brewer and John Schroeder had the other interceptions. Schroeder also caught a touchdown pass. Nash Herbst scored the first two Winneconne touchdowns on short, 1-yard runs, while Joey Mayefski added a late touchdown on a 2-yard plunge for the final tally of the night.
NOTES: Ripon has a 24-16 lead in the series, and has won the last seven games...Neither team had 100 yards of offense in the first half...The game was delayed 30 minutes in the second half when Ripon OL Domingo Camarena suffered a lower leg injury. He was taken from the field on a stretcher, and our thoughts go out to him for a speedy recovery...
RIPON      -   0   8   8  14   -  30
WINNECONNE -   0   7   0  13   -  20
2nd - WINNECONNE - Nash Herbst, 1-yard run (Brandon Billman kick) WINNECONNE 7-0
2nd - RIPON - John Schroeder, 24-yard pass from Michael Polcyn (Schroeder pass from Polcyn) RIPON 8-7
3rd- RIPON - Zach Farrell, 2-yard run (Connor Hanson run) RIPON 16-7
4th - RIPON - Matt Reilly, 35-yard interception return (Ben Wetzel run) RIPON 24-7
4th - WINNECONNE - Herbst, 1-yard run (Billman kick) RIPON 24-14
4th - RIPON - Farrell, 11-yard run (Pass failed) RIPON 30-14
4th - WINNECONNE - Joey Mayefski, 2-yard run (Pass failed) RIPON 30-20
STATISTICS
RUSHING - Connor Hanson 20-117, Zach Farrell 8-36 2 TDs, Ben Wetzel 9-33, John Schroeder 2-7, Michael Polcyn 1-(-1)
PASSING - Michael Polcyn 14-5-0-1 101
RECEIVING - Andy Freeman 2-42, John Schroeder 2-27 1 TD, Matt Reilly 1-32
PUNTING - Ian Rasch 6-162 27.0
KICKOFFS - Juan Godinez 5-235 47.0
PUNT RETURNS - Connor Hanson 2-12 6.0, John Schroeder 1-0 0.0
KICK RETURNS - Brian Ludjack 1-21 21.0, Andy Freeman 1-12 12.0, John Schroeder 1-7 7.0
INTERCEPTION - Matt Reilly 2 (1 TD), Bryce Brewer, John Schroeder
AROUND THE CONFERENCE - WEEK SEVEN
X-XAVIER               7  0  0 142  61 LITTLE CHUTE           3  4  0 107 103
X-WAUPACA              6  1  0 184  73 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN    3  4  0 115 101
X-RIPON                5  2  0 176  90 OMRO                   3  4  0  97 166
WINNECONNE             4  3  0 142  97 BERLIN                 0  7  0  44 228
CLINTONVILLE           4  3  0 117  70 FREEDOM                0  7  0  88 223
X-PLAYOFF ELIGIBLE                                               
CLINTONVILLE 17, FREEDOM 10 - The Truckers scored a safety to cut the Irish lead to 10-9 early in the final quarter, and took the lead and eventually picked up the win on Chase Stenson's four-yard touchdown run and following two-point conversion run. Clintonville held Freedom to just four first downs in the game. Brandon Danforth scored the Irish touchdown in the first quarter on a 26-yard pass from Neal Schlavensky.
XAVIER 28, BERLIN 12 - Connor O'Brien scored on a 53-yard run to open the scoring for Xavier, and then Chris Kessenich scored on runs of 1, 16 and 5 yards, the last two coming in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Berlin scored both of their touchdowns on passes from Brian Hargrave - 25 yards to Josh Ferron and 20 yards to Nate Silloway
WAUPACA 14, FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN 7 - The Comets forced five Fox Valley Lutheran turnovers and recorded a pair of safeties in the victory. The Foxes led 7-2 at the half, but could never get anything going offensively, and were hurt by the loss of quarterback Sam Kossow, who was injured in the second quarter. The Comets held the Foxes to 97 total yards, including just one on the ground. Zach Nellis had a 31-yard interception return to put Waupaca up 9-7 in the third quarter, and then never trailed after that.
OMRO 28, LITTLE CHUTE 14 - Omro got one step closer to its goal of making the playoffs, thanks to running back Kyle Stapleton to victory who ran for 200 yards on 18 carries, including a 70 yard touchdown run. Omro quarterback Ryan Winske led the team with three touchdowns, a 16-yard pass to Matt Albright and two goal line touchdowns from two and one yards out respectively.
(RIPON) -  For the first time since October 4, 1996, the Ripon Tigers walked off a football field having defeated Little Chute. The 26-13 win Friday night extended Ripon's home winning streak to 11, made Rick Kelm the winningest coach in Tiger history, and sent Little Chute's playoff hopes into hibernation. Ben Wetzel scored on a 6-yard run late in the first quarter for the first score of the game, and Ripon never trailed. The closest the Mustangs came was on their first drive of the second half. Jared Zak threw a 43-yard pass from David Schepp, which just cleared the outstretched fingers of Ripon defensive back Jesse Ehrenberg. Sam Duncan's extra point was wide, the Mustangs trailed by one, and they would never get closer. Zach Farrell's 34-yard run in the fourth sealed the win, after the Tiger defense stopped the Mustangs on fourth down on their last four possessions.
LITTLE CHUTE -   0   7   6   0 - 13
RIPON        -   8   6   0  12 - 26
1st - RIP - Ben Wetzel, 6-yard run (Connor Hanson run) RIPON 8-0
2nd - LC - Ryan Reynebeau, 2-yard run (Sam Duncan kick) RIPON 8-7
2nd - RIP - Hanson, 4-yard run (Run failed) RIPON 14-7
3rd - LC - David Schepp, 43-yard pass from Jared Zak (Kick failed) RIPON 14-13
4th - RIP - Michael Polcyn, 1-yard run (Run failed) RIPON 20-13
4th - RIP - Farrell, 34-yard run (Pass failed) RIPON 26-13
STATISTICS
RUSHING - Connor Hanson 25-128 1 TD, Zach Farrell 13-94 1 TD, Ben Wetzel 7-22 1 TD, John Schroeder 1-5, Michael Polcyn 1-1, Team 2-(-8)
PASSING - Michael Polcyn 11-5-0-0 53
RECEIVING - Ben Wetzel 3-33, Connor Hanson 1-10, Matt Reilly 1-10
PUNTING - Ian Rasch 4-117 29.3
KICKOFFS - Juan Godinez 5-224 44.8
PUNT RETURNS - None
KICK RETURNS - John Schroeder 3-60 20.0
FUMBLE RECOVERY - Andy Freeman
FUMBLE FORCED - John Roesch
INTERCEPTION - John Schroeder
AROUND THE CONFERENCE - WEEK EIGHT
X-XAVIER               8  0  0 167  78 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN    3  5  0 132 126
X-WAUPACA              7  1  0 238  73 OMRO                   3  5  0  97 220
X-RIPON                6  2  0 202 103 LITTLE CHUTE           3  5  0 120 129
X-CLINTONVILLE         5  3  0 129  77 BERLIN                 1  7  0  65 242
WINNECONNE             4  4  0 149 109 FREEDOM                0  8  0 102 244
Z-CLINCHED SHARE OF CONFERENCE TITLE   X-PLAYOFF ELIGIBLE               
XAVIER 25, FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN 17 - The Hawks were able to reclaim the coveted Apple Bowl trophy. Xavier had won five straight against its Eastern Valley Conference and longtime rival before the Foxes snapped the string last season with a surprising 21-17 victory.  The victory secured no worse than a share of the conference title for the Hawks and set the stage for next Thursday's showdown against Waupaca in Appleton.
CLINTONVILLE 12, WINNECONNE 7 - Chase Stenson ran for a touchdown and kicked two field goals to score all of Clintonville's points and clinch a playoff berth for the Truckers. The Truckers ran the ball 54 times for 207 yards. Winneconne took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter when Caleb Ratzman caught a 5-yard pass from Austin Ryf.
WAUPACA 54, OMRO 0 - Waupaca held Omro to 44 total yards and just two first downs in ending the Foxes' playoff hopes. Omro held the Comets to just nine first downs, but allowed two non-offensive touchdowns - Brad Navin ran a punt back 46 yards, and Eli Martens rumbled 18 yards with a fumble. Waupaca's Beau Ash rushed nine times for 103 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
BERLIN 21, FREEDOM 14 - Tight end Andy Marx caught two touchdown passes from Brian Hargrave and Hargrave added a rushing touchdown as the Indians won the battle of winless teams. Freedom's Brandon Danforth's 54-yard run tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter and Kevin Vosters had a 75-yard kickoff return for an Irish touchdown that made it 14-14. Marx scored the winning touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Hargrave in the third quarter. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
(OMRO) - For the 12th consecutive season, the Ripon Tigers have defeated the Omro Foxes, but, this year, it was a bit more difficult game for Ripon than many had anticipated. The Tigers were 6-2 and headed to the playoffs. The Foxes were 3-5 and headed for home for the 33rd time in the 34-year history of the WIAA playoffs. In the rain and wind, Ripon downed Omro, 24-14, after trailing 14-8 at the half. The game began on a high note for Ripon, when Bryce Brewer recovered an Omro fumble on the opening kickoff. Three plays later, Connor Hanson slipped into the end zone for an early 8-0 lead. The Foxes came right back and marched 64 yards in six plays, with QB Ryan Winske scooting down the sidelines for the 25-yard touchdown. Ripon came back with a 13-play drive, but lost the ball on downs at the Omro 22. The Foxes then marched 78 yards in 13 plays, thanks in large part to a sucessful fake punt, before Zach Baehman scored from 12 yards out, and Omro led 14-8. Two plays into the second half, Ripon took the lead for good, when Hanson ripped off a 38-yard run, breaking several tackles and keeping his balance in the mud. Ripon would fail to put the game away mainly due to two costly fumbles. Omro, though, could never get the lead back as the Ripon defense stopped them on fourth down three times in the second half. Hanson put the game away with 5:57 to go, when he scored from three yards out, and Zach Farrell plowed in for the two-point conversion.
RIPON -   8   0   8   8   - 24
OMRO  -   7   7   0   0   - 14
1st - RIPON - Connor Hanson, 21-yard run (Ben Wetzel run) RIPON 8-0
1st - OMRO - Ryan Winske, 25-yard run (Zach Baehman kick) RIPON 8-7
2nd - OMRO - Baehman, 12-yard run (Baehman kick) OMRO 14-8
3rd - RIPON - Hanson, 38-yard run (Wetzel run) RIPON 16-14
4th - RIPON - Hanson, 3-yard run (Zach Farrell run) RIPON 24-14
FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
Z-XAVIER               8  1  0 174 102 FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN    4  5  0 184 146
Z-WAUPACA              8  1  0 262  80 LITTLE CHUTE           4  5  0 130 138
X-RIPON                7  2  0 226 117 OMRO                   3  6  0 111 244
X-CLINTONVILLE         5  4  0 138  87 BERLIN                 1  8  0  65 269
X-WINNECONNE           5  4  0 176 109 FREEDOM                0  9  0 122 296
Z-CLINCHED SHARE OF CONFERENCE TITLE    X-PLAYOFF ELIGIBLE                   
LITTLE CHUTE 10, CLINTONVILLE 9 - The Mustangs held the Truckers to zero first downs in the second half as Sam Duncan made a 21-field goal with 1:21 left for the comeback win. The Mustangs were led by Julius Gonzalez who rushed for 121 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown. "To win and beat a playoff opponent and play well at least in that second half, I'm sure there's regret," said Little Chute coach Greg Enz, on the team not getting a playoff berth.
FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN 52, FREEDOM 20 - Alek Brandenberg ran for two touchdowns (14- and 84-yard runs), and returned an interception 33 yards for a third touchdown as the Foxes led 45-7 at the half and kept the Irish winless. Malachi Wallander ran 13 yard with a fumble for another defensive score. Kevin Vosters scored all three touchdowns for Freedom.
WINNECONNE 27, BERLIN 0 - The Wolves clinched a playoff berth in snapping a two-game losing streak. The defense held Berlin to eight yards rushing on 27 carries, collected four turnovers and only allowed 59 total yards. Austin Ryf passed for one touchdown and ran for two others.
WAUPACA 24, XAVIER 7 - Chris Kessenich tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Sam Kocken as the Hawks took an early 7-0 lead, then Waupaca exploded for 24 unanswered points to clinch a tie for the conference title. Harley Anderson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dustin McDaniel and a 39-yarder to Brad Navin, while Beau Ash ended the scoring with a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.