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For the first time this season, the Superior High School football team has been hit by the injury bug. Heading into Friday night's game at Chippewa Falls, the Spartans are hurting a bit on defense, especially in the backfield. "This is the first week we kind of got hit by injuries," SHS coach DeMeyer said. "We're especially thin at linebacker and defensive back, and may be missing a number of starters.
The Superior High School football team got the start it wanted. But after that it was all Eau Claire Memorial as the visiting Old Abes defeated the Spartans 43-13 Friday night at Ole Haugsrud Field. Doing most of the damage for the Old Abes was running back Taylor Comeau, who rushed for 197 yards, including four first-half touchdowns. The loss drops the Spartans to 1-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Rivers Conference.
Looking for something to do this weekend? If you're into sports, you won't have to look very far. Starting with Friday night, the Superior High School football team hosts the Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes at 7 p.m. and the Superior Showdown II: Friday Night Fights boxing event begins at 8 p.m. at Wessman Arena. If football and boxing aren't your fancy, there's volleyball as UW-Superior and St. Scholastica co-host a five-team tournament, with games taking place at UWS on Friday night and at St. Scholastica Saturday. On Friday, the Yellowjackets play at 6 p.m. against Viterbo and 8 p.m.
Jim Susens always had a dream that some day the Superior-Douglas County Pony League would have a football field it could call its own. Even though Susens passed away a couple of years ago, that dream is now becoming a reality. Thanks to funding of $20,000 from the City of Superior and $5,000 from various fundraising events, the James Susens Memorial Field is currently being constructed and is expected to be complete and ready for use next fall. The field is located behind the Billings Park Civic Center, 3903 N. 18th Street (18th and New York Avenue).
By KEN OLSON Daily Telegram Sports Editor The Northwestern Tigers begin Heart O' North Conference football action today when they host the Hayward Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at Gordon L. Nelson Field in Maple. Hayward enters the contest with a 2-0 record after posting a pair of shutouts, 21-0 over Colfax and 34-0 over Phillips. Against Colfax last week, Hayward's defense allowed just 205 total yards, including 134 on the ground. On offense, the Hurricanes gained 293 yards and got a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs from sophomore quarterback Bryan Dixon and a 3-yard TD from Jim Thompson.
Matt Johnson played a big roll in helping the Superior High School football team snap its 10-game losing streak in last Friday's 28-21 win over the Duluth East Greyhounds. The junior running back and linebacker rushed for 55 yards and two TDs on offense and turned in seven tackles on defense. But when the final horn sounded, Johnson wasn't around to help celebrate the Spartans' first victory since Sept. 24, 2004 as he was on his way to the hospital with a neck-area injury. "Last week was great," Johnson said.
Every time Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters steps into the ring, he treats it as if he's fighting for the world championship. But his next bout on Sept. 15 against Lloyd Brian took on even more importance this week with a pending televised fight waiting in the wings. Chuck Horton and Sharky Promotions has secured another fight for Walters with the possibly of it being televised on a major cable outlet.
Friday, Sept. 24, 2004. That was the last time the Superior High School football team won a football game at home. That all changed Thursday night when the Spartans pulled off a 28-21 win over the Duluth East Greyhounds before a raucous Ole Haugsrud Field crowd. "Wow, that was a tremendous game and was a lot of fun," SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. "It was fun to see the Columbia blue on the winning side again and see the smiles on the kid's faces after the game.
Superior High School football coach Bob DeMeyer wishes he could have four plays back from Friday's season opener at Medford. Give him back those plays and there's no doubt in his mind that his Spartans would be 1-0 heading into tonight's home opener against Duluth East. Instead, the Spartans are taking a 0-1 record into the Greyhound contest after a 26-15 loss to the Raiders. Tonight's game begins at 6. "We feel we let one get away," DeMeyer said. "That was a game that we could have, and should have, won.
Change can be good. At least that's what the Superior High School football team is hoping for as it heads into the 2006 season. After finishing last year with an 0-9 record, the Spartans changed head coaches, a majority of their coaching staff and the style of their home jerseys. But the biggest change will be their offensive and defensive philosophies. Gone from last year will be the four wide receiver set and 25-30 pass attempts a game. The Spartans will now run an option-type offense from a three running back set.