Level 4 preview: Abbotsford, Edgar seek state berths

Two area teams - Abbotsford and Edgar - are among the final four teams in the state in their respective divisions and will play tonight for the right to advance to Madison to play in state championship games next week. 

WIAA Division 6 state semifinal
Abbotsford (12-0) vs Eau Claire Regis (12-0)
Dorais Field, Chippewa Falls, 7 p.m.

Two undefeated teams will meet on Friday night in a Division 6 semifinal between Abbotsford and Regis. 

In a game featuring two high-scoring offenses - Abbotsford averages 43.4 points per game, Regis 40.4 - turnovers will be critical. According to available statistics, Abbotsford has turned the ball over seven times this year while Regis has lost it just four times.

A redzone turnover, or a defensive touchdown, could be the play that swings tonight's game.

What's on the line

The Falcons have never reached a state championship game and are playing at Level 4 for the first time since 2003. The Ramblers last reached Level 4 in 2012 and won a Division 7 state title in 2003. 

Players to watch

Regis employs a fairly balanced offense with quarterback Paul Petit (1,169 yards, 18 TDs) and running back Noel Ortiz (952 yards, 11 TDs) leading the way. 

Abbotsford will lean on several capable running backs, including Brock Halopka (1,473 yards, 25 TDs) and Ethan Kramas (1,036 yards, 13 TDs). Quarterback Ean Rau (492 passing yards, 678 rushing yards) can hit big plays with his arm or legs. 

Team comparison

Conference, finish: Abbotsford - Cloverwood, 1st; Regis - Cloverbelt, 1st
Points for: Abbotsford - 521, Regis - 485
Points against: Abbotsford - 200, Regis - 195
Rushing yards per game: Abbotsford - 372.2, Regis - 211.9
Passing yards per game: Abbotsford - 43.2, Regis - 102.5


WIAA Division 7 state semifinal 
Edgar (9-3) vs Bangor (12-0)
Carson Park, Eau Claire, 7 p.m.

The Edgar Wildcats will have the chance to secure their first state trip since 2010 while also knocking the reigning champion from the throne.

But don't expect either team to light up the scoreboard tonight. Edgar has given up only 7.7 points per game, Bangor an even more impressive 6.3 per game.

Edgar enters on a four-game winning streak during which they've allowed only 28 points while Bangor, the defending Div. 7 state champs, is on a 26-game winning streak and hasn't lost since a 42-7 defeat to Pepin/Alma in a playoff game on Nov. 7, 2014. 

What's on the line

The Wildcats are one game away from appearing in the state championship for the first time since they won it all in 2010. The Cardinals are seeking a second consecutive state title.

Players to watch

The Cardinals rely on a trio of reliable backs to power their ground game, Hunter Ellenburg (1,164 yards, 15 TDs), Luke Reader (898 yards, 13 TDs) and Drew Johnson (659 yards, 10 TDs). On defense, Alex Matz has a team-leading 108 tackles while Johnson has 8.0 sacks.

Edgar senior Alec Hafferman put on an all-around clinic last week against Loyal. He has 871 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns for the year. On defense, Tyler Matysik (78 tackles), Ty Guden (67 tackles), Colton Heil (4.0 sacks) and Reece Heidmann (59 tackles, 13 for loss).

Team comparison

Conference, finish: Edgar - Marawood, 4th; Bangor - Scenic Bluffs, 1st
Points for: Edgar - 396, Bangor - 489
Points against: Edgar 92, Bangor - 76
Rushing yards per game: Edgar - 200.6, Bangor - 307.5
Passing yards per game: Edgar - 61.6, Bangor - 45.2




For game stories from tonight's state semifinals, see next week's editions of The Tribune Phonograph and The Record Review.

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