ADAMS – The conference title game essentially will start the playoffs for the Mauston football team.
The Golden Eagles remained undefeated in the South Central Conference and setup a showdown with Wautoma this week, by defeating Adams-Friendship 14-6 on Friday. Both teams bring a 4-0 in-conference mark into this week’s matchup in the regular season finale.
Mauston maintained a spotless South Central record and denied the Green Devils their first win in a head-to-head matchup this season; their lone win came in a forfeited game earlier this season. Tyler Jirousek rushed for 133 yards on 26 carries and Dakota Barnier added 40 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, along with another score via the pass for the Golden Eagles in their win.
The victory extended Mauston’s win streak to five games in a season that started with a 1-3 record. In their past four games, the Golden Eagles have outscored their opponents 151-37 and improved their overall record to 6-3.
Wautoma enters Friday’s game with a 7-2 overall mark following its 14-0 win over Wisconsin Dells last week. The Golden Eagles won last year’s matchup 35-28 to ensure a playoff berth.
Cashton 36, Necedah 22
A lack of second-half scoring prevented the Cardinals from adding a home win on Friday.
They scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter – the first a 6-yard pass from Miles Saylor to Jaron Murphy and the other on a 22-yard run by Murphy. Each score was followed by a 2-point conversion pass by Saylor.
Murphy then connected with Tyler Reichel on a 68-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, which ended as Necedah’s final score of the game. Despite totaling over 300 yards of offense conditions less than ideal, the Cardinals were unable to add their second win of the season.
Saylor went 11-for-21 passing for 189 yards; Reichel had six catches for 187 yards. Marcus Sterbenz led the defense with 19 tackles; Saylor added 15.
Necedah dropped to 1-7 overall on the season and play at Pecatonica-Argyle in this Friday’s finale.
De Soto 28, Wonewoc-Center 6
De Soto’s Evan Overby rushed for 201 yards on 20 carries while the team’s offense added three touchdowns in the passing game to drop the Wolves’ season record to 1-7 overall.
Harrison Boland connected with Joe Fanta on a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Wolves’ lone score while three of De Soto’s four touchdowns were from 20 yards or longer. The Wolves conclude their season at North Crawford on Friday.