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Evergreens lose, up next is jamboree

The Northwood-Solon Springs football team fell to Prairie Farm 34-12 Friday night in Minong. The Evergreens scored the first and last touchdowns of the game, but in between Prairie Farm had five TDs, including an 85-yard kickoff return and a 97-y...

The Northwood-Solon Springs football team fell to Prairie Farm 34-12 Friday night in Minong.

The Evergreens scored the first and last touchdowns of the game, but in between Prairie Farm had five TDs, including an 85-yard kickoff return and a 97-yard fumble return.

“It’s kind of a tough one to stomach, to go out that way,” said Matt Hager, Evergreens head coach. “But the thing that we talked about is keeping our chins up because we’ve got the opportunity for the first time since we’ve played 8-man to get another game (at the Jamboree). Yeah, it’s not under our lights, but we’ve still got another game.”

The Evergreens, 6-2 overall, have an average enrollment low enough to qualify for the year-end jamboree this season.

They’ll have a long wait, though. The WIAA 8-Player Football Jamboree is scheduled for Oct. 29 at Stiehm Stadium in Schofield.

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Northwood-Solon Springs’ exhibition game with New Auburn was canceled this week, so the Evergreens will have three weeks to practice before playing in the Jamboree.

Other teams from the north expected to participate include Prairie Farm, Luck and Siren.

“These guys are going to bounce back from this just fine, and I’m confident that this won’t be the outcome at the Jamboree,” Hager said. “We’ll be ready to rock and roll. We’ll be ready to play Evergreen football.”

In Friday’s game, the Evergreens and Panthers both came up empty on their first two possessions of the night. Northwood-Solon Springs punted for the second time at 6:10 in the first quarter, and the Panthers began at their own 25. On Prairie Farm’s third play, Dustin Sohn recovered a fumble for Northwood at the 21-yard line.

The Evergreens scored after Sohn ran to the 5-yard line for a first down and Jase Kuffel took the ball the rest of the way. The two-point conversion attempt failed to leave Northwood-Solon Springs up 6-0 with 2:46 left in the first quarter.

That lead lasted only 12 seconds, as Prairie Farm’s Jordan Thompson returned the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.

Northwood lost a fumble at its own 43-yard line moments later, and the Panthers scored six seconds into the second quarter on a 14-yard pass from Jordan Siebert to Kyle Johnson. Eric Klefstad ran in the two-point conversion.

The Evergreens came back with a three-minute drive to reach the 7-yard line, but they couldn’t punch through to the end zone.

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Tommy Androsky and Elijah Volz then picked off passes on back-to-back possessions, but Northwood was not able to score on either turnover and ended the half down 14-6.

“It never seemed like when we turned them over we turned it into momentum. It just kind of fizzled every time,” Hager said. “And the exact opposite for them. Every time they turned us over they made it hurt.”

Prairie Farm began the second half by recovering an onside kick and eventually scored on Siebert’s 21-yard run.

Northwood-Solon Springs followed with a 64-yard drive to reach the Panther’s 1-yard line, but on third-and-goal the ball came loose on the snap. Dylan Bowers scooped up the fumble for Prairie Farm and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown.

The Evergreens turned the ball over again on their next possession. Siebert made the play for the Panthers  with an interception near midfield with 3:23 left in the third quarter. He eventually scored at 9:27 of the fourth quarter to give Prairie Farm a 34-6 lead.

Northwood’s final touchdown came after two scoreless possessions by each team.

The Evergreens began at their own 22-yard line with 1:23 to play and moved just three yards on their first two plays. Sohn then broke away for a 46-yard gain to reach the 29, and Northwood used a timeout with 16.6 seconds on the clock. After an incomplete pass, Androsky ran 29 yards around the right side for the final score of 34-12.

Kuffel finished with 56 yards rushing for the Evergreens, and Sohn had 54. Quarterback Brandon Daleiden was 11-of-27 passing for 83 yards with one interception.

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The Evergreens finished with 232 yards of total offense.

“Offensively we weren’t successful in too many things, and credit to them on that,” Hager said. “It wasn’t that our guys weren’t running hard or weren’t blocking hard; they had a good system set up for us and ready for us.”

Prairie Farm plays Luck Friday to decide the Lakeland 8-Man Conference title.

The Panthers defeated Luck in a nonconference game to start the season, but since then the Cardinals have gone on a 6-0 winning streak and are undefeated in conference play. Prairie Farm is 6-1 overall, with its only loss coming to Siren in a conference game Sept. 17.

NOTES: Friday was Parents’ Night for the Evergreens. It was also the final home game of the season for the seven seniors on the Northwood-Solon Springs roster. “A lot of these guys have progressed, not just as football players but as good human beings and good young men,” Hager said. “I’m just really proud of them for that.”

 

Prairie Farm............................ 6    8    14  6   -  34

N’wood-Solon Springs................. 6    0    0    6   -  12

First quarter

N/SS - Jase Kuffel 5-yard run (run failed), 2:46.

PF - Jordan Thompson 85-yard kickoff return (run failed), 2:34.

Second quarter

PF - Kyle Johnson 14-yard pass from Jordan Siebert (Eric Klefstad run), 11:54.

Third quarter

PF - Siebert 21-yard run (pass failed), 9:05.

PF - Dylan Bowers 97-yard fumble return (Siebert run), 4:35.

Fourth quarter

PF - Siebert 5-yard run (run failed), 9:27.

N/SS - Tommy Androsky 29-yard run (pass failed), 0:06.

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