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Edgar football is still undefeated this year


Edgar’s football team had little trouble beating another Division 3 opponent, seventh-ranked Shawano 48-6, on Friday at home. Edgar has also easily beaten Division 3 teams’ Onalaska and Portage this season.

Wildcat seniors Austin Dahlke and Kyle Brewster accounted for the team’s five touchdowns in the first half. Dahlke led the team’s rushing attack with 13 carries for 132 yards and the first four touchdowns in the first half, while Brewster ran the ball 13 times for 80 yards and the last two touchdowns in the first half to give Edgar a dominating 41-0 halftime advantage.

Brewster added a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a commanding 48-0 lead, until Shawano got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.

Edgar held a 317 to 130 advantage in total offensive yards against Shawano. Senior Brady Lemmer led Edgar’s defense with nine tackles, while Dahlke added eight. Senior Brayden Baumgartner had a solid game with seven tackles, one sack and quarterback hurry, and two tackles for loss. Junior Ayden Weisenberger recorded four tackles, a sack; two quarterback hurries and one tackle for loss against Shawano.

The undefeated Wildcats, 6-0, remain ranked No. 1 in Division 7 this season. Edgar plays at Marathon, 1-2, at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 6, in its last regular-season game.

Red Raiders adjust

Marathon’s football team suddenly had no opponent to play against at home on Friday, after Thorp canceled the game because of COVID-19 concerns. Marathon found a lastminute opponent in unbeaten and No. 2 ranked Amherst in Division 5, after the Falcons’ game at Wittenberg-Birnamwood got canceled on Friday because of COVID-19 concerns. Head coach Ryan Winkler’s Marathon squad lost, 40-0, to Amherst but he was just happy the Red Raiders were able to play against anyone on Friday.

“We were disappointed Thorp had to cancel the game against us,” Winkler said. “Curt Miller, Marathon athletic director, and myself made multiple attempts to set up games with other schools not having a game on Friday, but we had no luck.

“We pretty much thought there wouldn’t be a game, but then Amherst called and said a school just cancelled on them. So at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday we decided to play Amherst. We knew Amherst is one of the best teams in the area again this year, but we wanted to make sure the players could play a game and we figured one way to make the team better is to play against a quality opponent.”

Amherst scored touchdowns on five of its six offensive drives in the first half to take a 33-0 lead at the break. Both the Red Raiders and Falcons had the same number of offensive plays, 46, and time of possession with 24 minutes each.

The story of the game was Amherst was more effi cient on offense with 492 total yards, compared to 133 for Marathon.

The Falcons were also better in the clutch than the Red Raiders, for example Amherst converted five of seven on third downs while Marathon was only one of nine on third downs. Amherst also converted its lone fourth-down attempt, while Marathon was one of three on fourth down.

Marathon junior quarterback Ben Robbins completed seven of his 16 pass attempts for 52 yards, and sophomore Matt Annis ran the ball 10 times for 45 yards.

Senior Mike Hahn led the Red Raiders’ defense with nine tackles, including eight of them being solo. He also had four tackles for loss and one quarterback sack.