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Week 7 Awards

October 10, 2010

Chippewa Falls and Rice Lake both clinched playoff spots with victories over Superior and Eau Claire Memorial respectively. River Falls won a back and forth shootout over Eau Claire North (see Jace Frederick’s recap). And Hudson made it three in a row against Menomonie, handing head coach Joe Labuda and the Indians their first loss in 2010.

Week 7 tightened the conference title race and prolonged the playoff hopes of two teams (Eau Claire Memorial and Hudson) setting the stage for some big matchups in Weeks 8 and 9. Here are the Weekly Awards for Week 7.

Game of the Week: Hudson 16   Menomonie 14

Menomonie may have been at home in Williams Stadium but it was Huddy in the House for the third consecutive year as the Raiders handed the Indians their first loss of the season. It came down to defense for the Raiders who held the highest scoring offense in the BRC to only two touchdowns or less for the third consecutive season. Impressive quarterback play from junior signal caller Luke Miller (12 of 17 for 184 yards passing with a passing and rushing touchdown) and a huge fourth quarter sack from defensive end Will Johnson paved the way for Hudson’s close victory. The win moved Hudson one win away from qualifying for the playoffs and moved Menomonie out of the lead for the conference title.

Play of the Week: Huempfner starts inside, busts a few tackles and scampers 64 yards to the house

Last season in my prediction of the Chippewa Falls vs. Superior game I wrote the following:

“If Chippewa can control the game on the ground with Brad Heumpfner I don’t think Superior’s defense is good enough to keep him under 150 yards and three touchdowns.”

That article was passed around amongst the Spartan players and coaches and after the Superior defense held Brad Huempfner to only 78 yards, I received my fair share of post-game phone calls from Soup Town.

Fast forward to Friday night and Huempfner made everyone forget about his worst varsity performance has he ran all over the Spartan defense en route to 234 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Huempfner’s most impressive score of the night came at the end of the first half when well… check out the video below. Absolute beast.

Two minutes and fifty seconds into this video you can see Huempfner’s rumble to the end zone.

Player of the Week: Chippewa Falls RB Brad Huempfner

He’s known as Humphy by some, Bruisin Brad by this blogger, but the most important title you should know Brad Huempfner by is simply the best running back in the BRC. In perhaps his best varsity performance, Huempfner was once again the workhorse for the Cardinals carrying 20 times for 234 yards and four touchdowns which all came in the first half. Since leading the BRC in rushing in 2009, Huempfner is already on pace to break his total rushing yards (1,045) and touchdowns (16) from a year ago.

At 996 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season, Huempfner will go over the 1,000-yard mark next week as Chi-Hi takes on conference foe Menomonie in the game that could decide the BRC Conference Title.

Honorable Mention:

Rice Lake RB Chris Ester: Both on the stat sheet and in the Warriors wishbone offense, Ester is directly behind Rice Lake quarterback Kody Novinska. On Friday night, however, Ester was the one carrying the Warriors to a victory and to their first playoff berth since 2005 in Rice Lake’s 29-12 win over Eau Claire Memorial. The wishbone fullback carried 21 times for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns including a 56-yard foot race to pay dirt in the second quarter.

Hudson QB Luke Miller: Playing under the tutelage of not only quarterbacks coach Pat Simones but also 2009 starter Davy Branson, Miller is the third Hudson quarterback in as many years and the third in a row to beat the Menomonie Indians. Miller went 12 of 17 with 184 yards through the air with one score and one interception and added a 12-yard rushing touchdown.

Eau Claire North WR Austin Rieder: Eau Claire North first-year head coach Ben King hasn’t been able to find the win column yet this season but one thing that the former Marshfield quarterback did find is the conference’s best gun slinger and a number of talented athletes to surround him.  One of those athletes is senior wideout Austin Rieder. Rieder put in a career night in a losing effort to River Falls on Friday night, catching five balls–three for touchdownswith 183 yards and also returned a punt 47 yards for a score. The 5’11 160 pounder is second in the state with 43 receptions on the year.

Quote of the Week:

Holding Menomonie’s offense to 14 points is never an easy task but the defensive coaches seem to have something figured when playing the Indians. Although the Menomonie offense has led the conference in points the last three seasons, Hudson has held the Indian offensive attack to 14 points or less in each of their last three meetings. Hudson head coach Adam Kowles told Adam Parks Leader-Telegram that his defense was prepared and confident to shut down the Menomonie offense on Friday night.

“We looked at them all week on film and you wonder ‘Where do you tackle them, what’s their weakness?'” Hudson coach Adam Kowles said. “The ‘D’ just said we’ll take care of it.”

Dan Tracy

BRCFootball.com

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