The Spring Valley Cardinals used steady offensive execution to claim a 28-21 non-conference win over the Unity Eagles on Friday, Aug. 23.
The Cardinals scored seven points in each of their four quarters and were led in rushing yards by junior Nate Fesenmaier who rushed for 195 yards of Spring Valley’s 292 rushing yards on 22 carries and scored one 39-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal Spring Valley’s Week 1 win.
Senior quarterback Aaron Borgerding recorded the Cardinals’ first- and second-quarter touchdowns with 2- and 39-yard carries, and Brenden Williams found the paydirt in the third with a 2-yard push.
The Eagles struck first in the opening quarter after recovering a Spring Valley fumble, but the Cardinals never faced a deficit for the remainder of the game.
The Cardinals will continue their season on Friday, Aug. 30, with an away game against the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves (1-0) in Elmwood.
Rhinelander 21, Prescott 0
The Prescott Cardinals entered Week 1 of the 2019 football season with five injuries, which required them to move around their roster and play from behind throughout their 21-0 loss to the Rhinelander Hodags.
The Hodags scored a 6-0 lead with a 50-yard touchdown reception on the first play of its season-opening game against the Prescott Cardinals and never looked back for the remainder of their Friday, Aug. 23, Week 1 matchup.
The visiting Hodags (1-0) added a one-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 run and took a 14-0 lead after completing a two-point conversion two minutes before halftime.
Payton Erickson capped a 65-yard drive for the Hodags by running in a 1-yard carry in Rhinelander’s first possession of the second half, which was the final trip to the end zone for either team in Prescott’s (0-1) shutout loss.
"I was extremely proud of our effort," Prescott's head coach Kevin Haglund said. "We made some nice plays and definitely saw some things we need to clean up. Our kids responded well to some early adversity requiring our opponent to convert on fourth down three different times. There were many positives for the program tonight that we hope to build on moving forward."
The Cardinals will return to action on Friday, Aug. 30, when they travel to Durand (0-1) to face the Dunn-St. Croix County Panthers.
Elmwood/Plum City 36, Pepin/Alma 24
Two Dalton Binkowski rushing touchdowns helped the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves overcome a first-half deficit and claim a 36-24, Week 1 win over the Pepin/Alma Eagles on Friday, Aug. 23.
Down 18-16 at the 2:15 mark of the second quarter, Binkowski ran for a 39-yard touchdown to reclaim the lead for the Wolves. The EPC senior expanded his team's lead with a one-yard carry midway through the third quarter, and senior quarterback Zack Phillips found Levi Burch for a 10-yard touchdown reception seven minutes and 22 seconds later to take a 36-18 lead before the fourth.
The Eagles added a 3-yard reception in the fourth quarter but were unable to match EPC's 36 points before the final horn.
Binkowski led the Wolves with 174 rushing yards on 31 carries.
The Wolves will host the Spring Valley Cardinals on Friday, Aug. 30, in Elmwood.