The Northwestern High School football team completed is second straight undefeated regular season with a 56-7 win over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Friday, Oct. 18, at Gordon L. Nelson Field in Maple.
The Tigers, who improved to 9-0 with their 17th straight conference victory, are the No. 1 seed in their regional for the WIAA tournament and will host No. 8 Nekoosa (4-5) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.
If the Tigers win, they will host either No. 5 St. Croix Falls (5-4) or No. 4 Elk Mound (6-3) in the second round, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov 1.
“Regardless of how November plays out in the playoffs, these guys have really accomplished something special,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “The boys are likely one of only a handful of programs across the state to accomplish that over the past two years.
"They are a great group of student-athletes who really play for each other and I'm proud of the effort they put in to get to this point. These players don't just show up and go 9-0, they spent years in the weight-room getting stronger, they played through the youth levels together, and most all of them played other sports to become more well-rounded athletes."
Northwestern’s first three TDs Friday came in the opening 2:49 of the game starting with Bryson Mazur’s 51-yard TD pass from Jake Brill on the second play from scrimmage.
Brill then scored from 62 yards and Colin Trautt from 11 yards with 9:11 still remaining in the first quarter.
Less than three minutes later Dayne Evanson returned a punt 56 yards, and the scoring ended in the first quarter with Brennen Werner’s 8-yard TD run.
Brill’s 16-yard TD pass to Evanson was the only score in the second quarter.
Greg Ohman and Cameron Benesch added second-half TD runs and the Bulldogs avoided being shut out when Dakota Hermann threw a 66-yard TD pass to Ashton Kummet in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers had a 377-152 advantage in total yards on Friday, including 298-46 on the ground.
Brill led a balanced ground attack with 72 yards on two carries. Trautt added 54 yards and Ohman had 52.
Brill was 3-of-9 passing for 79 yards with Mazur (51 yards), Ohman (14) and Evanson (14) catching a pass each.
Isaac Nichols kicked six extra points and Dawson Kriske two.