Local football teams advance to Level 2



Stratford's Kamren Bornbachs looks to rush past a Mishicot defender while teammate Tanner Weinfurtner attempts to aid Bornbach's run during the WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff game on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Stratford defeated Mishicot and advanced to Level 2, which will be played this week Friday in Amherst at 7 p.m.Stratford's Hunter Kauffman tries to make a catch from teammate Michael Bargender during the WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff game on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Stratford defeated Mishicot and advanced to Level 2, which will be played this week Friday in Amherst at 7 p.m.Stratford's Taylor Krall looks to get past a Mishicot defender during the WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff game on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Stratford defeated Mishicot and advanced to Level 2, which will be played this week Friday in Amherst at 7 p.m.TIGER GAIN-Stratford’s Jeremiah Hubing looks to get past a Mishicot defender while teammate Jake Reif looks on during the first quarter of Friday’s WIAA Division 5 Level I playoff game. The Tigers defeated Mishicot, 35-12, and will now travel to Amherst on Friday for Level 2 playoff action.Stratford's Jake Reif stays away of the defender during a run play last week Friday in the Tigers' WIAA Division 5 Level 1 football playoff game. Stratford defeated Mishicot and advanced to Level 2, which will be played this week Friday in Amherst at 7 p.m.BALL RETURN-Edgar’s Zach Pospyhalla looks for the hole during a third quarter punt return on Friday in Edgar. Pospyhalla and the Cats defeated Kickapoo/La Farge, 43-14, in Level I playoffs.Edgar’s Shawn Bunkelman tries to run to the endzone while teammate Reece Heidmann provides blocking for him during the WIAA Division 6 Level 1 football playoff game on Friday in Edgar. Tthe Cats defeated Kickapoo/La Farge, 43-14.
Athens, Edgar host, Stratford, Marathon are on the road
“Athens is a good team, we have our work cut out for us. We have played tough teams all season and have been getting better with a young team as the year has progressed. If we play well on defense and take care of the ball on offense we have a chance to advance," Marathon head coach Todd Stoffel said.

All four local football teams picked up win the WIAA Level I playoffs on Friday. to advance to this week’s Level 2.

Here is a recap of the four area games:
 

Stratford

In Division 5 action, Stratford, the fourth seed, downed fifth-seeded Mishicot, 35-12 in Stratford on Friday. The Tigers will now travel to Amherst on Friday to face the Falcons at 7 p.m.
The Tigers have faced the Falcons the past two years, suffering losses both years. In 2012 Amherst defeated Stratford in Level 3 action, then went on to win the Divsion 5 state title. Last year Amherst downed the Tigers 21-7 in Level 3 action. The Falcons were defeated a week later by Stanley-Boyd, who went on to win the state title.
Stratford head coach Jason Tubbs said Friday’s rematch with Amherst will be “very physical.”
“I expect to see this Friday a very physical Amherst team that is ranked number one in the state,” Tubbs said. “Playing them the past two years has helped us see their style of play, and hopefully we can find a way to keep it close and see what happens in the fourth quarter.”
 

Athens

The Athens Bluejays dominated Greenwood/Granton on Friday in Level 1 playoffs with a 56-12 victory. Athens is the top seed in its playoff bracket while Greenwood/Granted was sseeded eighth.
Athens will now host Marathon on Friday in Level 2 action at 7 p.m.
Athens defensive coordinator Craig Diedrich said, “Marathon is another extremely athletic team that prides itself on its team speed. The Raiders have put together an up and down regular season.  They have played some teams very tough and not played too well against other opponents. We are expecting to get Marathon’s best effort on Friday night. At this point in the season, both coaches and players, understand that you need to play well or be eliminated from the playoff field.”  
 

Edgar

The Edgar High School football started Friday’s Level I football game strong and never looked back as they rolled out a 43-14 victory over Kickapoo/La Farge.
“We got the game off to a great start with a 64-yard punt return by Zach Pospyhalla the first time we touched the ball,” Edgar head coach Jerry Sinz said. “On our first offensive possession Kaleb Wolf scored on a 42-yard run, behind a great block by Zach Allmann.”
Edgar, the number one seed in its bracket, will host fifth-seeded Necedah on Friday at 7 p.m.
“Necedah has an outstanding athlete at quarterback who can definitely hurt us with his arm and his running ability,” Sinz said of Friday’s opponent. “We will have to be on our toes the entire night.  They also kick and punt the ball very well.  It should be a fun game.”
 

Marathon
The fifth-seeded Marathon defeatd Boyceville, a number four seed, on Friday in Level I action, 14-12.
Marathon will now face the bracket’s top seed, Athens, at 7 p.m. in Athens on Friday.
“Athens is a good team, we have our work cut out for us,” Marathon head coach Todd Stoffel said of the upcoming game. “We have played tough teams all season and have been getting better with a young team as the year has progressed. If we play well on defense and take care of the ball on offense we have a chance to advance.”

To read the full write-up from Friday's WIAA Level 1 football playoffs, pick up the Oct. 29, 2014, issue of The Record-Review or subscribe online at http://www.centralwinews.com/subscribe-rr-tp
 

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