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Eighth- and fifth-graders stay unbeaten
Riley Buol (54) closes in on Mount Horebs running back as Joe Dahmen (77), Erik Finley (70) and Matt Coplien (50) assist in the pursuit.
MONROE - The eighth-grade Blaze improved its record to 5-0-1 for the season as they beat Belleville-Albany 36-6 Saturday.

Ethan Moehn led the Blaze with two touchdowns, while Kyle Olson, Charlie Kind and Alec Treuthardt had one score each. Blake Duffy also ran for a touchdown of his own.

The Blaze offensive line did a great job in the second half with key blocking to help the blaze score 30 points in the half.

The defense was lead by Brett Zimmerman, Landon Baumgartner, Justin Blum, Parker Ditzenberger, Troy Gorr, Michael Graham, Ryan Hughes, Tony Sink, Grant Keith, Forrest Klug-Hanson, Austin Minder, Ethan Moehn, Noah Thompson, Noah Tostrud, Jake Trickel, Conner White, Kyle Olson, Jake Hirshbrunner, Blake Duffy, Charlie Kind and Alec Treuthardt.

The Blaze look forward to next Saturday as they will have host Madison Regents at 8:30 a.m. This will be the final home game for the Blaze eighth graders.

7th-grade Blaze 22, Mount Horeb 6

MONROE - The seventh-grade Blaze defeated Mount Horeb White 22-6 Saturday in a defensive, field position battle at the YMCA field.

The Blaze led off the scoring after a short drive on an eight-yard run by Rhett Katzenberger. The extra point was no good for a 6-0 lead.

Just before half, Mount Horeb scored on a 69 yard halfback-option pass play but missed the extra point to tie the game at the half.

Mid-way through the fourth quarter, the Blaze took advantage of a fumble and Katzenberger scored on a 17-yard run. Chase Hellenbrand kicked the extra point to take a 14-6 lead. After another turnover, the Blaze added to their lead on an 11-yard run by Cody Wolf. Again, Hellenbrand kicked the extra point for the final score.

The Blaze gained 82 net yards on 41 runs, losing a fumble and did not attempt a pass. Mount Horeb ran 24 times for 16 yards, losing two fumbles and completing three of 11 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.

For the Blaze defense, Riley Buol and Sean Saxby each had five tackles, Rhett Katzenberger had six tackles and an interception, Jacob Flannery had an interception, Matt Coplien and Sean Saxby recovered fumbles, and Joe Dahmen had five tackles for loss in his six tackles.

The Blaze play next week at 10 a.m. at the YMCA. Their opponent has yet to be determined. The league this year is scheduling seeded opponents for the last two weeks of the season, so the Blaze (4-1 overall, 4-0 in league play) will play the top teams from other divisions for their last two games.

Waunakee 8,

6th-grade Blaze 0

MONROE - The Monroe Blaze sixth-grade hosted a gritty Waunakee White team Saturday. In a cold and windy defensive game played in blowing snow showers, Waunakee was able to score on a 20-yard run with just under a minute to play in the game.

Monroe was never able to mount a scoring threat as penalties negated five first downs. Brent Edmunds led the offense with 51 running yards.

Defensively, Monroe stayed in the game by causing three turnovers and solid tackling. Sky McGregor and Josh Richter each recovered fumbles while Logan Bidlingmaier intercepted a pass late in the game.

For the Blaze, 18 out of 23 players recorded at least one tackle. Cam Shaw lead the way with seven tackles, followed closely by Edmunds' six and Trevor Signer's five. Jordon Pernot, Jacob Ellefson and McGregor were each involved in four tackles.

The Blaze sixth graders (2-3) travel to Poynette Saturday for a 9:30 a.m. game before wrapping up the season with a home game Saturday, Oct. 24, at the YMCA against Verona White.

5th-grade Blaze 34, Waunakee 0

WAUNAKEE - The Blaze fifth-graders traveled to Waunakee for a game Saturday morning and came away with a win to improve their record to 5-0.

It was a great team effort led by the defense who did not allow Waunakee a score and only one first down. The whole defense played well.

The entire team contributed to the shutout victory, the coaching staff applauded the great individual defensive effort by Hayden Arneson, Dillon Beaver and Kobe Manor.

The fifth graders' high powered offense was strong all morning, with Carter Sawdey scoring two touchdowns and Alex Tordoff and Jacob Kind each adding one more score. Extra points were converted by Cole Murray, Tyler Elmer and Mitch Millner.

The Blaze fifth graders are on the road next week at Mount Horeb, another undefeated team.

4th Grade Blaze 20, Mount Horeb 0

The fourth-grade Blaze football team had a great game Saturday against Mount Horeb to improve their record to 4-1.

The very first possession was a strong drive resulting in a two-yard touchdown run by Sam Kind and followed by a two-point conversion run by Keagen Haffele. Two more running touchdowns later in the game, both by Brayden Zettle, led to a final.

The offensive line, including players Collyn Wilde, Brady Buol, and Nick Quinn blocked to open up holes in the middle, which helped the running backs get up the field. Running plays by Mechayla Rose Zeinert and Grayson Martin also helped set up the touchdowns.

The defense had another great game by keeping Mount Horeb out of scoring position all game long. Dylan Scace, Dillion Moore and Tyler Leutenegger were a big part of the defensive success for the Blaze.

The fourth-grade team travels to Verona on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. game.