Division 6 preview: Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (13-0) vs. Iola-Scandinavia (11-2), 1 p.m. Thursday
Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (13-0) vs. Iola-Scandinavia (11-2), 1 p.m. Thursday
About St. Mary’s Springs: Bob Hyland, wrapping up his 47th year as the Ledgers’ coach, has the team in the final for the 10th time and the seventh in the last nine years. The run includes Division 6 titals in 2015, 2014, 2011 and 2002 and the Division 5 title in 2009. Hyland said his defense has allowed only two touchdown drives all season, both scored by Amherst in the Ledgers’ 14-13 Week Two victory. Springs has seven shutouts and an average score of 39.8-6.5, and has allowed 84 yards rushing and 45 yards passing while racking up 353 yards per game of total offense.
Players to watch: RB/LB Clay Schueffner, 6-2, 215, sr., 140-1,097, 24 TDs, 115 tackles; QB Mitch Waechter, 6-3, 180, jr., 96-165, 1,568 yards, 19 TDs, 9 INT;
Coach Bob Hyland says: “We’re a young football team. We have eight seniors; they’re our leaders and get the job done. … We will probably be stronger next year than this year. But we have a lot of kids. Most of them (in skill positions are) underclassmen.”
About Iola-Scandinavia: Coach Scott Erickson’s T-Birds have only five seniors, but rode a strong junior class to a 27-26 victory over defending champion Eau Claire Regis last week. The T-Birds lost to Division 5 finalist Amherst in Week 8, 32-14, and fell 47-20 to Bonduel in Week 4. Iola-Scandinavia is a run-first team, though four of Connor Kurki’s 12 touchdown passes have come in the last two weeks as the T-Birds have averaged 41.8 points in the postseason.
Players to watch: RB/LB Bryce Huettner, 241-2,414 (10.0 average), 31 TDs, 106 tackles; QB Connor Kurki, 6-2, 165, so., 39-76-571, 12 TDs, 5 INTs.
Coach Scott Erickson says: “I had a good feeling about these kids last year — a couple of them played on our 2015 that was quite very strong. … They had a little bit different mentality. … They knew what they had to do to get prepared for this season. They’ve worked from last year to this point for this opportunity.”