Week 5 football preview
right away at the beginning of the season. Sometimes that’s one where you just don’t know what you’re going to get in that first game. They played Rhinelander very tough and Rhinelander’s 4-0. Other than a couple mishaps where they turned the ball over, a fumble return, a couple interceptions, I think that game would’ve been even closer.”
Two years ago, Ashland went 6-0 in the GNC and won the conference title behind a group of seniors that took its lumps for a year or two before maturing. This year’s team is somewhat similar.
“If I remember right from last year, they had 13 juniors playing,” Wilson said. “So they’re very senior dominant this year. That’s an important one. That makes you a lot better.”
The Oredockers have long been known for running a wishbone offense, but they do it a little differently out of shotgun formations. Parker Goodreau, a 5-11, 180-pound junior, leads them in rushing so far with 367 yards and five touchdowns. He ran for 155 yards in a 20-14 loss at Merrill on Sept. 25. Carter Brown, a 160-pound senior, has four touchdowns and 224 yards. He had 134 yards on just 12 carries against Hayward. He’s averaging 6.2 yards per carry.
Senior quarterback Jackson Bonneville will throw the ball a little more than your average wishbone signal-caller. He’s completed 18 of 39 passes for 260 yards with four touchdowns and two picks.
Ashland lost the turnover battle Friday in its 26-7 loss at Rhinelander 3-0 and one of the fumbles was returned for a touchdown in a 26-7 loss.
_ Fresh off their first win since 2018 in the long-awaited season opener Friday, the Rib Lake-Prentice Hawks certainly have a shot at going 2-0 when they visit the Webster Tigers at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Webster comes in at 2-2 in Lakeland Conference play. The Tigers got out to a 26-8 halftime lead last week and blew it, giving up 20 third-quarter points, in a 28-26 home loss to Lake Holcombe-Cornell. They’ve pulled out 16-13 and 29-14 wins over Ladysmith and Flambeau, both of whom are 0-3. League-leading Grantsburg blew them out 42-0 in week one.
CJ Abbas is averaging just under 100 yards rushing per game. Auston Sigfrids has already thrown 87 passes, completing 31 for 429 yards and three touchdowns. He’s been intercepted six times however, including twice last week.
Timothy Fornengo, a 6-foot, 240-pound senior linebacker, averages over 10 tackles a game. Webster’s been fairly stout against the run, allowing 148 yards per game.
“They’ve been in close games,” Hawks co-head coach Jonah Campbell said. “They beat Ladysmith 16-13. They’ve been on losing end of close games and on the winning end. I think it’s just going to be a pretty evenly matched, similar type dogfight as our game against Ladysmith.”