The dream of returning to the state championship game for the third straight year is still alive for the Somerset football team.
The Spartans advanced to Level 4 in the WIAA Division 4 playoffs on Friday with a 14-7 win at Ellsworth.
Somerset's performance was a far cry from the mistake-filled win over Prescott last week in the Level 2 game. The Spartans played an almost flawless game to shut down Ellsworth.
The first quarter at Ellsworth was scoreless, though the Spartans had a drive stopped at the Ellsworth 1-yard line. The Spartans kept the offensive momentum, scoring on a 2-yard run by fullback Max Praschak with 9:14 left in the second quarter. Dallas Johnson's two-point conversion made the Spartan' lead 8-0.
The 8-0 score stood until Somerset's second possession of the third quarter. Praschak broke through traffic at the line of scrimmage then fended off several tackle attempts as he barreled down the field for a 90-yard touchdown with 5:10 left in the third quarter.
Somerset controlled the ball for long stretches of the second half until Ellsworth scored with 2:22 left in the game.
Somerset will now face Winneconne in the Level 4 playoff game. The game will be played either Friday or Saturday, with D.C. Everest High School as a tentative game location.