Nekoosa Storms Back to Claim Level 2 Win

photo courtesy Robyn Lochner

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.

1 2 3 4 F
Nekoosa 14 0 6 20 40
Prairie du Chien 7 14 7 0 28


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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]