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Spartans look to snap 5-game skid

The Superior High School football team will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak tonight at Rice Lake.

The Spartans, who started the season with two non-conference wins, have lost five straight Big Rivers Conference games.

The lastest loss came last week when Luke Nelson kicked a 39-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining giving River Falls a 32-30 win over Superior.

Four of Superior’s losses were by a total of 16 points. The only lopsided score on the slate was a 49-28 loss to Menomonie and in that game the Spartans held the lead twice in the first half.

“If one play goes the other way in each of those games, we come out on top,” DeMeyer said. “It’s been challenging, to say the least, and I believe we’ve learned a lot in the process and I’m proud of the way our kids have battled throughout.

“We’ve had the potential to be a very good football team and we’re going to figure it out before we’re done.”

Rice Lake (4-2, 3-2) has also struggled of late with losses to Hudson (26-16) and Menomonie (27-16). Prior to that, the Warriors defeated Medford, Chippewa Falls, River Falls and Eau Claire North by a combined score of 175-6.

Rice Lake Quarterback Peyton Buckley has completed 22-of-42 passes for 423 yards and seven touchdowns. He is also third in rushing with 218 yards and five TDs on 31 attempts.

Brandon Sutton leads the Warriors in rushing with 314 yards and four TDs. Marquez and DeAirus Clerveaux are next with 227 and 217 yards, respectively, and two TDs apiece.

“Rice Lake is as good this year as they have been in recent years,” DeMeyer said. “They have great team speed and they always execute very well. The continuity in their coaching staff and the scheme they run on both “O” and “D” are a huge plus for them.

“We have worked very hard to eliminate mental errors, penalties and turnovers this week.  If that translates to the game, we’ll compete and have a shot to knock off a very good team.”

The Spartans have used three quarterbacks this season, with Jarrett Gronski taking charge the last three games. During that time the sophomore has completed 15-of-39 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He is also third in rushing with 152 yards and four TDs on 42 carries.

Senior Gunnar Gronski leads Superior with 663 yards rushing with three scores.

Trevor Dalbec leads the Spartans with 55 tackles. G. Gronski has 45 tackles and Chase Summerfield has 43.

The Spartans wrap up the season by hosting Eau Claire North (0-7, 0-5) on Oct. 13.

 

Big Rivers Conference

2017 Football Standings

Menomonie (7-0).................................. 5-0

Hudson (5-2)........................................ 4-1

Eau Claire Memorial (6-1).................... 4-1

Rice Lake (4-2).................................... 3-2

Chippewa Falls (4-3)............................ 3-2

River Falls (1-6)................................... 1-4

Superior (2-5).......................................... 0-5

Eau Claire North (0-7).......................... 0-5

Friday, Oct. 6

(All games at 7 p.m.)

Superior at Rice Lake

Eau Claire Memorial at Menomonie

Chippewa Falls at Hudson

River Falls at Eau Claire North

Friday, Oct. 13

Rice Lake at Eau Claire Memorial

Hudson at River Falls

Eau Claire North at Superior

Menomonie at Chippewa Falls

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