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Eighth-grade Blaze tie Southside Raiders, 25-25
Photo Submitted Blaze sixth-grader Garrett Gogin turns the corner while Ben Latimer (75) looks to make a block against Mount Horeb on Oct. 3.
MADISON - The Monroe eighth grade Blaze football team defeated Lodi on Sept. 29 at the Monroe High School, 8-0. On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Blaze traveled to Madison to take on the Southside Raiders. The Game ended in a 25-25 tie.

The Blaze, still undefeated at 4-0-1, will host Belleville-Albany Saturday at the YMCA.

Blaze 7th Grade

MONROE - The Monroe seventh grade Blaze defeated New Glarus-Monticello, 34-0, Saturday at the YMCA.

The defense set the tone for the game with five interceptions and 10 tackles for loss.

Matt Siegel opened the scoring by returning an interception 50 yards for a touchdown. It was the first of his four interceptions and Matt Coplien also stole a pass. Joe Dahmen and Sean Saxby each had four tackles for loss and Cody Wolf was in on eight tackles for the game.

Siegel also scored from 40 yards out. Desmond Ford scored on three- and one-yard runs and Rhett Katzenberger closed out the scoring with a two-yard plunge.

Chase Hellenbrand was good on 2 of 5 extra point kicks.

The Blaze ran 36 times for 189 yards and were 0 for 1 passing, and lost 2 fumbles. New Glarus-Monticello ran 26 times for 69 yards and completed 5 of 16 passes for 36 yards. The Blaze next plays Mount Horeb-Barneveld White Saturday at 10 a.m. on the YMCA field.

Blaze 6th Grade

MONROE - The Monroe Blaze sixth grade hosted Mount Horeb-Barneveld White Saturday. By playing their most physical game of the year and never giving up, Monroe was able to score late and win 16-12.

Defense ruled the first half until Mount Horeb found the end zone with a 25-yard pass and went into halftime up 6-0.

The Blaze received the second half kickoff and marched 60 yards over 10 plays culminating with a five-yard Jaron Kuester touchdown run. Can Shaw had a huge block early in the drive turning a loss into a 15-yard gain. McKenzy Foley kicked the extra point for an 8-6 lead.

Both teams traded a couple of punts before Mount Horeb was able to score its second touchdown and Monroe trailed 12-8 with only 3:40 remaining in the game. After the kick-off, the Blaze was able to drive 60 yards in eight plays for the winning touchdown. After a 22-yard pass caught by Garrett Gogin, the Blaze pounded the ball on the ground with Brent Edmunds running hard for gains of 22, 5, and 2 yards.

On fourth down and goal at the Mount Horeb 1-yard-line, Kuester was again able to cross the goal line on a QB sneak with only 30 seconds remaining. Foley kicked his second extra point for the final score.

The Blaze accounted for 135 yards of offense over 31 plays while Mount Horeb-Barneveld had 217 yards. Kuester accounted for 48 yards of offense, while Edmunds had 46.

Defensively, 20 out of 25 players recorded at least one tackle with Jacob Ellefson leading the way with eight tackles. Mitch Keith and Kuester were credited with seven each while Shaw had six and Edmunds, Jarod Amacher, Josh Richter and Ben Latimer were each involved in four tackles.

The Blaze host Waunakee White Saturday at the YMCA with kick-off scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Blaze 5th Grade

MADISON - The fifth Grade Blaze improved their record to 4-0 by defeating Southside Raiders in Madison Saturday, 19-0.

Blaze 4th Grade

MONROE - The fourth-graders had a rough loss to Verona Saturday, 8-6.

Verona scored on their first possession and converted the two-point conversion to go up 8-0. Monroe came right back with a strong drive by quarterback Keagen Haffele, but came up short of a score.

In the second quarter, another strong drive led to a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback David Keegan behind his center, Mitch Bartelt. But the two-point conversion failed when the pass by Keegan came up short.

The rest of the game was a defensive battle. Monroe had strong defensive plays by Grayson Martin and Nick Foley. Robert Leden also did a great job of giving Verona poor field position as the team's kicker.

The fourth graders play another home game this Saturday at 1 p.m.