SOUTH WAYNE — Rivalry games typically bring out the best in teams, and the Week Four matchup between No. 6 Black Hawk and No. 11 Pecatonica-Argyle was no exception.
The Warriors came away with the 8-6 victory thanks to some gritty play in the trenches.
“The muddy field definitely changed the context of the game,” Black Hawk coach Cory Milz said.
Rece Shelton scored on a 7-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Kyle Lovelace with 48 seconds left in the first quarter. Lovelace then connected with running back Colby Argall to make it 8-0 Black Hawk.
With 5:14 left in the second, Pecatonica-Argyle quarterback Colton Schraepfer connected with Jaden Hendrickson for a 19-yard score, but the 2-point conversion failed.
“That was it for the scoring,” Milz said. “It was a defensive battle in the second half.”
Lovelace was 6 of 11 passing for 86 yards and a touchdown for Black Hawk while Schraepfer was 6 of 15 for 56 yards, a score and two interceptions — both by Shelton.
I can’t say enough about our defensive line right now.Black Hawk coach Cory Milz
Argall had 129 yards rushing on 19 carries to lead all rushers, while Black Hawk’s other runners totaled just 27 yards on 13 attempts. Schraepfer had 45 yards on the ground in 28 attempts to lead the Vikings, which had just 83 yards on 43 carries as a team.
“The last couple of years we were winning games because of our offense — scoring 50 points or more. This year our defense has done an outstanding job, especially in our two biggest games against Pec-Argyle and Potosi-Cassville,” Milz said. “I can’t say enough about our defensive line right now.”
Black Hawk (3-0, 2-0 Six Rivers) travels to Benton-Scales Mound (2-2, 2-2) in Week 5, while Pecatonica-Argyle (3-1, 2-1) goes to Belmont (0-4, 0-3).
“We’re still making adjustments out there. Our quarterback is a first-year starter and we have to continue to get better all-around the roster,” Milz said.
Beloit Turner 28, Evansville-Albany 22
EVANSVILLE — The Trojans scored 21 points in the second quarter and added another score on a punt return for a TD in the third to make it 28-0 before the Blue Devils found their stride offensively.
Evansville-Albany’s first seven possessions ended with six punts and an interception and just 43 yards of offense. Turner, meanwhile, had 177 yards in that span.
Sully Geske scored the Blue Devils’ first touchdown on a 76-yard pass from Tyr Severson. The two-point conversion made it 28-8. Geske scored two more touchdowns in the fourth, a 22-yarder and a 6-yard strike with 1:36 to play in the fourth.
Turner finished the game with 219 yards of offense to Evansville-Albany’s 326. Severson was 14 of 27 for 200 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions and gained 74 rushing yards on eight carries. Geske had 159 yards and three scores on eight catches.
The Blue Devils (0-4, 0-4) travel to East Troy in Week Five and host Whitewater (0-4, 0-4) in Week Six.
Jefferson 20, Brodhead-Juda 0
BRODHEAD — The Cardinals struggled to find a rhythm on offense in Week Four.
Jefferson’s Nolan Klawitter scored from 38-yards out with 8:10 to go in the first quarter to make it 6-0, and then the Eagles (3-1, 3-1 Rock Valley) struck again with 3:09 before halftime on a 30-yard touchdown pass by Ryan Brost to Ben Sukow to make it 13-0.
Klawitter, who finished the game with 116 yards on 12 carries, scored on a 3-yard run with 11:14 to go in the fourth to cap the scoring.
Brodhead-Juda running back Jeffrey Williams finished the night with 57 yards rushing on 11 tries and quarterback Nick Naramore was 5 of 10 passing for 29 yards and two interceptions.
The Cardinals (2-2, 2-2) travel to Beloit Turner (3-1, 3-1) in Week Five and will host East Troy (3-1, 3-1) in Week Six.
Mineral Point 42, Darlington 0
MINERAL POINT — The Pointers got to the end zone early and often in Week 4 against Darlington. Mineral Point scored 14 in the first quarter and led 21-0 at halftime. A quick score to open the third quarter put the game out of hand.
Carter Lancaster led Darlington with 163 passing yards on 15 of 26 attempts and had another 45 yards on 20 carries. Stryker Fitzsimons had seven catches for 81 yards and Carson Evenstad had six receptions for 71 yards. Kolbe Ubersox finished with 58 yards rushing on 15 touches.
Mineral Point (3-1, 2-0 SWAL) had 271 passing yards and another 128 rushing yards. The Pointers out-gained the Redbirds in offensive yardage 399-251.
In other area action, New Glarus-Monticello (1-3) lost a nonconference game at Mauston (3-1). The Glarner Knights open their conference slate at unbeaten Belleville (4-0) in Week Five.
Darlington (1-3, 0-2) has a tough task ahead for Week Five, traveling to unbeaten Fennimore (4-0, 2-0).