Prairie du Chien (OnFocus) – The Nekoosa Papermakers raced out to an early 14-0 lead in their Level 2 matchup with Prairie du Chien only to fall behind 28-14 early in the 3rd quarter. The Papermakers’ suffocating defense and powerful running game then took center stage, as Nekoosa went on a 26-0 run to claim a 40-28 season-ending win.
Corder Ysquierdo got things started for Nekoosa with a 71 yard run. A Jonathan Wenzel 9 yard run made the lead 14-0.
Things quickly turned south for Nekoosa, however.
PDC scored on a 80 yard touchdown pass to bring the home team to within a score at 14-7 after one quarter. The second quarter was all PDC, scoring on touchdown throws of 10 and 28 yards to take a 21-14 halftime lead.
Nekoosa’s spirits took a dive to start the second half, falling behind 28-14 after a PDC 13 yard scoring strike.
The Papermakers then took over, and in dominating fashion.
Hunter Lochner’s 8 yard touchdown closed the gap to 28-20 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter saw Nekoosa produce three touchdowns. Quarterback Ethan Hoogesteger scored on runs of 8 and 1 yards, sandwiched around a Ysquierdo 44 yard jaunt.
Nekoosa piled up 437 rushing yards, with Ysquierdo rushing 25 times for 268 yards.
Lochner led Nekoosa with 10 tackles.
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