667 yards on 97 carries ….
667 yards on 97 carries with eight touchdowns. His biggest moments were a 167-yard, three-touchdown performance in the championship-clinching win at Rhinelander that included a big 57-yard touchdown that broke the game open and a 10-carry, 156-yard, two-touchdown effort in a 42-6 win over Merrill on Oct. 16.
Medford’s offensive award winners included Surek, a second-team tight end, and Baumgartner at quarterback. Surek moved to tight end after injuries took out fellow seniors Blake Studinger and Riley Herman early in the year. He was a willing blocker and one of the team’s leading receivers, hauling in seven passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Baumgartner split quarterbacking duties with Retterath, but he emerged as more of the passing quarterback in the tandem. In league play, he was the GNC’s highest-ranked quarterback with a 123.4 rating, just ahead of unanimous first-team pick Michal Dul of Mosinee (122.8). Baumgartner was 21 of 40 in GNC play for 365 yards and five touchdowns. Overall, he was 40 of 74 for 531 yards and six touchdowns. Both of his interceptions came in games against Rice Lake. He was nine of 12 for 74 yards in the finale against the Warriors. he was four of eight for 123 yards in the Merrill win and three of four for 53 yards and two touchdowns in the Antigo win.
Under Wilson and his staff of Greg Klapatauskas, Ross Hackbarth, Kyle Ranum, Alaric Huls and Sam Sawdey, the Raiders extended their GNC winning streak to 13. The Raiders’ second straight undefeated run through conference was accomplished despite the aforementioned injuries to players like Seidl, Studinger and Herman as well as senior offensive tackle Jarod Jochimsen, a second-team All-GNC pick last year, who was lost for the year in the seasonopening scrimmage with Stratford.