A pair of Chippewa County football teams (Stanley-Boyd, Bloomer) moved to 4-0 with convincing victories while two others (Lake Holcombe/Cornell, New Auburn) got to the .500 mark on the season with victories.

Passing the tests

Stanley-Boyd and Bloomer each improved to 4-0 with wins on Friday night as the Orioles defeated Cadott 50-10 at Oriole Park and Bloomer scored the first 30 points of the game en route to a 30-16 win over Northwestern.

The Orioles (4-0, 3-0) racked up 43 points in the first 24 minutes of the game including 29 points in the first quarter to score the program’s 12 straight win over the rival Hornets. Ben Turner (83 rushing yards), Matt Nesterick (69 yards) and LJ Schmelzer (66 yards) led a balanced ground game that ran for a season-high 231 yards in the win. Schmelzer also threw for 107 yards and a first-quarter 19-yard touchdown to Brandon Herrick.

Bailey Gillett ran for 51 yards and Michael Emery added 49 yards and a touchdown run for the Hornets (2-2, 2-2), who ended a seven-game shutout streak against the Orioles with 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Bloomer (4-0, 2-0) piled up 346 yards of total offense in a 30-16 win over Northwestern. Quarterback Zach Ruf ran for 66 yards and threw for 138 yards and a 57-yard touchdown pass to Paul Schumacher while Caleb Ruf (47 rushing yards), Payton Dachel (36 yards), Philip Jorstad (33 yards) and Leif Iverson (26 yards) powered a balanced run game. The win sends the Blackhawks to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.

Hanging tough

The Chi-Hi Cardinals fell in a defensive slugfest to Eau Claire Memorial 24-14 at Dorais Field. Matt Pomietlo ran for 102 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown for the Cardinals (1-3, 0-2), who went blow for blow with the unbeaten Old Abes (4-0, 2-0).

Codie Meinen added 134 combined rushing and receiving yards including a 10-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter to open the scoring for the Cardinals. Jack Brown ran for 111 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns for the Old Abes, including a 2-yard score with 3:48 left to give Eau Claire Memorial a two-score lead.

Friday night was also the program’s veterans appreciation night with the team raising more than $2,100 dollars and a trailer full of donated winter clothing for local homeless veterans.

Chi-Hi returns to action this Friday at Superior.

Knights second half explosion

Lake Holcombe/Cornell (2-2, 2-0) won its second game in a row with a 22-point second half in a 38-26 victory over Flambeau at Tony. Touchdown runs for Wyatt Viegut and Luke Geist, as well as a touchdown pass from Geist to Cooper Boehm, pulled the Knights from an 18-16 halftime deficit to the victory.

Viegut ran for 142 yards and a touchdown while hauling in five catches for 88 yards. Geist threw for 184 yards and two scores and ran for two touchdowns in the victory. The Lake Holcombe/Cornell defense also played a big part in the win, forcing five turnovers for a second straight week.

Lake Holcombe/Cornell hosts Turtle Lake this Friday.

New Auburn revs up running game

The Trojans also got back to the .500 mark with a 40-20 win over Winter on Friday night. Dylan North and Dakota Curry ran for 155 and 154 yards, respectively, as the Trojans amassed 353 yards on the ground with Curry scoring three times while adding a pair of touchdown receptions from North.

New Auburn (2-2, 2-2) put the game out of reach in the third quarter with three touchdowns to turn a 20-8 halftime lead into a 40-8 advantage.

The Trojans hit the road this Friday to play at Washburn/Bayfield/South Shore.

Playoff berths on the horizon

This Friday marks the halfway point of the regular season but Stanley-Boyd and Bloomer are already closing in on playoff berths. Stanley-Boyd can become playoff eligible with a win on Friday at home against Osseo-Fairchild while Bloomer needs two more Heart O’North Conference wins to qualify for the postseason. The Blackhawks play at Cumberland this Friday.

Standings

Big Rivers W L W L

Eau Claire Memorial 2 0 4 0

Hudson 2 0 3 1

Menomonie 2 0 4 0

Rice Lake 2 0 4 0

Chippewa Falls 0 2 1 3

Eau Claire North 0 2 0 4

River Falls 0 2 0 4

Superior 0 2 2 2

Friday’s Games

Eau Claire Memorial 24, Chippewa Falls 14

Menomonie 44, Eau Claire North 0

Hudson 7, Superior 0

Rice Lake 41, River Falls 6

Cloverbelt W L W L

Colby 3 0 4 0

Stanley-Boyd 3 0 4 0

Eau Claire Regis 3 1 3 1

Spencer/Columbus 3 1 3 1

Cadott 2 2 2 2

Osseo-Fairchild 1 2 1 3

Fall Creek 1 3 1 3

Neillsville/Granton 0 3 1 3

Thursday’s Game

Eau Claire Regis 42, Altoona 7

Friday’s Games

Stanley-Boyd 50, Cadott 10

Elk Mound 53, Osseo-Fairchild 0

Colby 34, Fall Creek 7

Spencer/Columbus 62, Neillsville/Granton 8

Heart O’North W L W L

Bloomer 2 0 4 0

Cumberland 2 0 3 1

Hayward 2 0 2 2

Northwestern 1 1 2 2

Spooner 1 1 2 2

Barron 0 2 0 4

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 0 2 2 2

Ladysmith 0 2 2 2

Friday’s Games

Bloomer 30, Northwestern 16

Spooner 42, Barron 0

Cumberland 50, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 30

Hayward 27, Ladysmith 21

South Lakeland W L W L

Lake Holcombe/Cornell 2 0 2 2

Clear Lake 1 0 4 0

Frederic 1 0 1 3

Elmwood/Plum City 1 1 1 3

Turtle Lake 1 1 2 2

Flambeau 0 2 1 3

Pepin/Alma 0 2 0 4

Friday’s Games

Lake Holcombe/Cornell 36, Flambeau 28

Clear Lake 38, Turtle Lake 8

Elmwood/Plum City 44, Pepin/Alma 22

Saint Croix Falls 34, Frederic 6

8-Man Small Lakeland W L W L

Prairie Farm 3 0 3 0

Mellen 2 1 2 1

New Auburn 2 2 2 2

Winter 1 2 1 2

Mercer/Butternut 0 3 0 4

Friday’s Game

New Auburn 40, Winter 20

Prairie Farm 44, Mellen 32

Saturday’s Game

Phillips 75, Mercer/Butternut 8

Cloverwood W L W L

Loyal 3 0 3 1

Abbotsford 2 0 3 1

Owen-Withee 2 0 2 2

Thorp 1 1 2 2

Wis. Rapids Assumption 1 1 2 2

Gilman 0 2 2 2

Greenwood 0 2 1 3

Athens 0 3 0 4

Friday’s Games

Abbotsford 56, Thorp 21

Owen-Withee 13, Gilman 7

Wis. Rapids Assumption 27, Athens 21

Loyal 44, Greenwood 0

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Chippewa Herald Sports Editor

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