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Spartans roll over Wildcats

The Superior High School football team moved one step closer to its first playoff berth since 1991 with a 45-17 victory over the River Falls Wildcats Friday night at Ramer Field in River Falls.

The Superior High School football team moved one step closer to its first playoff berth since 1991 with a 45-17 victory over the River Falls Wildcats Friday night at Ramer Field in River Falls.

The Spartans (5-2 overall, 3-2 Big Rivers Conference) can clinch a playoff berth by winning one of their final two games, both at home against Eau Claire North and Hudson.

Superior's win also keeps River Falls from clinching its first playoff berth since 2000. The Wildcats (5-2, 3-2) can still clinch a berth with a win at Rice Lake next Thursday or at home over Menomonie the following week.

The Spartans were perfect on offense Friday night, scoring all six time they had the ball.

Matt Johnson rushed for a pair of touchdowns, Cole Lundgren and Matt Whereatt rushed for a score apiece and Joe Reichert threw TD passes for Chris Blake and Wade Berkseth.

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Johnson finished with 85 yards on the ground on 14 carries and Blake added 67 on 10 carries.

Reichert connected on 4-of-5 passes for 109 yards. Berkseth and Blake caught TD passes of 52 and 35 yards, respectively. Jordon Olson and Johnson also caught a pass apiece.

"I'm extremely impressed and proud with how we executed," SHS coach Bob DeMeyer said. "This is the first time all season, I feel, that we played a full four quarters and didn't quit playing."

Each team had the ball once in the first quarter.

River Falls took the opening kickoff and after eating up nearly seven minutes off the clock, ended up with a Treston Koehler 26-yard field goal.

Superior's first TD came after taking the ensuing kick. After eating up the remainder of the first quarter, Matt Johnson scored a 4-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Johnson also ran in on the conversion to give the Spartans an 8-3 lead.

River Falls fumbled the next kick with Superior taking over at the Wildcats' 33-yard line.

About three minutes later the Spartans made it 16-3 as Cole Lundgren score from 5 yards out and Zach Colvin ran in untouched for the two-point conversion.

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River Falls drove inside Superior territory on its next possession. When forced to punt, the Wildcats pinned the Spartans at their own 5 with 6:12 left in the first half.

Superior gradually worked the ball down field and eventually took a 24-3 lead when Blake hauled in a 33-yard TD pass from Reichert and Colvin scored his second two-point conversion with 1:21 left in the half.

River Falls got its offense going again and moved deep into Superior territory.

But when a Wildcat player struggled for extra yards, he fumbled and the Spartans recovered at their own 25 with 17 seconds left in the half.

Superior took the second-half kick, worked nearly six minutes off the clock and took a 32-3 lead when Johnson scored a short TD and Blake ran for the two-point conversion.

The Spartans made it a perfect five-for-five with the ball as Whereatt, a senior, scored from 5 yards out. Blake's kick gave Superior a 39-3 lead.

River Falls scored its first TD of game seconds later as Johnson returned the kick 90 yards for the score. The Wildcats failed on the conversion for a 39-9 Superior lead.

Superior got that TD right back as Reichert connected with Wade Berkseth on a 55-yard pass.

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River Falls completed the scoring with Zach Bennet's 6-yard run with 43 seconds left.

The Spartans host Eau Claire North Thursday then wrap up the regular season by hosting Hudson on Oct. 11. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

SPARTAN SPIN: Nate Meyer and Ryan VanPuymbrouck recovered fumbles for Superior. ... Derek Danielson led the Spartans with eight tackles. Drew Tarnowski and Blake added six apiece.

Superior 0 24 8 13 -- 45

River Falls 3 0 0 14 -- 17

First Quarter

RF -- Treston Koehler, 32-yard FG, 5:12.

Second Quarter

SHS -- Matt Johnson, 4-yard run (Johnson run), 11:55.

SHS -- Cole Lundgren, 5-yard run (Zach Colvin run), 8:43.

SHS -- Chris Blake, 33-yard pass from Joe Reichert (Colvin run), 1:21.

Third Quarter

SHS -- Johnson 2-run (Blake run), 6:20.

Fourth Quarter

SHS -- Matt Whereatt, 5-yard run (Blake kick), 7:07.

RF -- Levi Johnson, 90-yard kick-off return (pass failed), 6:49.

SHS -- Wade Berkseth, 52-yard pass from Reichert, (run failed), 5:21.

RF -- Zach Bennett, 6-yard run (Tyler Hunter run), :43.

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Team statistics

SHS RF

First downs 21 13

Rushes - yards 53-274 33-170

Passing yards 109 21

Comp - att - int 4-5-0 2-6-0

Return yards 69 198

Punts - average 0-0.0 1-40.0

Fumbles - lost 0-0 2-2

Penalties - yards 6-54 3-15

Time of possession 30:05 17:55

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Individual statistics

Rushing

SHS -- Matt Johnson, 14-85; Chris Blake, 10-67; Justin Cannon, 2-43; Cole Lundgren, 10-42; Joe Reichert, 10-18; Matt Whereatt, 3-14.

RF -- Levi Johnson, 11-61; Andre Perkins, 4-40; Kyle Swanson, 8-29; Ben Wunrow, 4-25; Trent Frey, 4-10; Zach Bennett, 1-6.

Passing

SHS -- Reichert, 4-5-0-109; RF -- Trent Frey, 2-6-0-21.

Receiving

SHS -- Wade Berkseth, 1-52; Blake, 1-35; Jordan Olson, 1-15; Johnson, 1-7. RF -- Kyle Swanson, 1-15; Sean Gilbert, 1-6.

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Superior's Defense Stats

Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int

Danielson, Derek 8 6 0.0 0.0 0

Tarnowski, Drew 6 4 0.0 0.0 0

Blake, Chris 6 2 0.0 0.0 0

Runquist, Steve 4 2 0.0 0.0 0

Taylor, Ben 4 1 1.0 1.0 0

Covill, Jesse 3 1 0.0 0.0 0

Colvin, Zach 3 1 0.0 0.0 0

Regner, Jake 3 2 0.0 0.0 0

Banks, Russ 3 3 0.0 0.0 0

Tracy, Dan 2 0 1.0 1.0 0

Johnson, Matt 2 0 0.0 0.0 0

Smith, Tim 1 1 0.0 0.0 0

Myer, Nate 1 1 0.0 0.0 0

McKone, Matt 1 1 0.0 0.0 0

#38 1 0 0.0 0.0 0

Turkowski, Jake 1 1 0.0 0.0 0

Olson, Jordan 1 0 0.0 0.0 0

McCoshen, Kellen 1 1 0.0 0.0 0

Ledin, Tony 1 1 0.0 0.0 0

Total: 52 28 2.0 2.0 0

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