Week 6 Awards

October 5, 2010

Menomonie qualified for the playoffs once again as they topped Rice Lake in the battle of the BRC unbeatens. Eau Claire Memorial faced early penalties but broke a 14-14 tie and ran away with a 30-14 victory. Hudson stole a close one at home from River Falls as the Raiders won their second consecutive game in the Battle for the Little Brown Jug, 21-15. And Eau Claire North lost their third game by less than seven points as Chippewa Falls clinched a playoff berth with a 26-20 overtime victory.

Let’s check out the best game, play, players and quote of Week 6 in the BRC.

Game of the Week: Chippewa Falls 26  Eau Claire North 20 in OT

The first overtime game in the BRC was a near upset for the now 0-6 Huskies. Behind one of the state’s best quarterbacks in Mitch Degrasse, the Huskies took a 20-13 lead with only 1:37 remaining in the game. However, that was too much time for the Cardinals as quarterback Tyson Kalien orchestrated a minute-long drive which ended on an end-around four-yard touchdown by Mario Stephens. In overtime, the Cardinals took the ball and fed Brad Huempfner who scored on a 9 yard scamper on his fourth carry of the extra period. Then, with the Huskies offense facing a third down, Degrasse fumbled and the Cardinals recovered to secure a victory and the Cardinals first playoff berth since 2008.

Play of the Week: Chippewa Falls defensive back Nathan Sylte recovers an overtime fumble to seal victory

After two incomplete passes to start the Huskies offensive efforts in overtime, Mitch Degrasse dropped back and was dropped to the ground by Chi-Hi defensive end Tyler Hutchinson. Unfortunately for the Huskies’ homecoming crowd, Degrasse didn’t have the ball when he hit the ground, sophomore defensive back Nathan Sylte pounced on the loose ball to spoil the Huskies chances at an overtime comeback.

Player of the Week: Eau Claire Memorial quarterback Mark Munger

Playmakers Clint Larsen and Ricky Caldwell touch the ball early and often in the Eau Claire Memorial offense but no one gets their hands on the leather more than senior quarterback Mark Munger. Traveling to Superior to face a 0-5 Spartan squad that had nothing to lose, Munger faced plenty of adversity from not only the feisty Spartans, but from plenty of mistakes by the Old Abes. Memorial had five touchdowns called back because of penalties which kept Superior in the game as the teams went into the locker room all knotted up at 14 apiece. Munger battled back however and even without the five touchdowns that were called back, the senior gunslinger finished 8 of twenty for two touchdowns and 159 yards with only one interception. Munger also ran for 57 yards on 15 carries and scampered 19 yards for the game’s opening score.

Honorable Mention:

Menomonie running back Joey Neeb- Last year it was Brady Benn and Kasey Kruse leading the Indians dangerous rushing attack, this year another two-headed monster has emerged in running backs Aaron White and Joey Neeb. With the conference’s leading rusher, Rice Lake quarterback Kody Novinska, on the opposing sideline, Neeb, the fourth-leading rusher in the conference, carried 28 times for 192 yards for a pair of scores in Menomonie’s offensive outburst in their 35-13 victory at Pug Lund Field.

Chippewa Falls running back Brad Huempfner- The conference’s top running back turned another 100-yard performance with 163 yards on 27 carries with scores from two and nine yards in the Cardinals 26-20 overtime victory against Eau Claire North. Huempfner is second in the conference in yards (762)

Eau Claire North quarterback Mitch Degrasse- In a losing effort once again, the senior signal caller had another monster game statistically in the Huskies homecoming loss. Degrasse threw for two touchdowns to one interception, completing 19 of 32 passes for 223 yards.

Quote of the Week:

Chippewa Falls head coach Chuck Raykovich appeared to be more impressed with Eau Claire North’s performance than he was of his own team’s as he spoke with Ron Buckli of the Leader-Telegram after the game.

“North played their hearts out and probably should have won,” Chippewa Falls coach Chuck Raykovich graciously said. “Hats off to them.”

Dan Tracy



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