When a high school football team nearly has 500 yards of total offense, the chances of them winning that game are almost 100%.
The St. Croix Falls football team finished with 488 against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Friday and as a result, rolled to the 48-8 win, earning its first win of the season.
“The guys were able to capitalize on Chetek playing an aggressive style of defense and our passing game hit on a few big plays,” SCF coach Grant Belisle said. “It’s nice to have some explosiveness to the offense when we need it.”
Brady Belisle completed only six passes, but they went for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Travis Oestreich had 108 of them, including an 80-yard reception in the second quarter, stretching the lead to 20-0.
The other touchdowns went to Bryn Gouker on a 22-yarder in the second and Dayo Oye on a 10-yarder in the third.
Oye was once again stellar on the ground, rushing for over 100 yards for the third straight game. This time, it was 131 yards on 14 attempts and two touchdowns. He scored the game’s first touchdown on a one-yard run in the first and then a 47-yard scamper late in the second.
Other rushing touchdowns came from Sam Glenna from 17 yards out in the third and Aiden Meador from 19 yards out in the final minute of the game. The Saints finished with 250 yards rushing.
Defensively, SCF (1-3 overall) held C-W to less than 140 yards total offense and forced two turnovers.
“We still need to tighten up our defensive gaps and get to the ball better and faster,” Grant Belisle said. “Playing good team defense and working to create turnovers will be an important part of our defense in the weeks to come.”
The Saints look to make it a two-game winning streak when Spooner (1-3 overall) comes to town 7 p.m. Friday.
“We love playing at home,” said Grant Belisle. “St. Croix Falls has one of the best stadiums in all of Wisconsin, and it’s always a treat to play football in front of the hometown crowd.”
Cumberland rolls over Saints
The Cumberland football team brought an impressive resume to St. Croix Falls Sept. 3.
A 19-2 record over its last 21 games, an undefeated season in 2020 and scoring 50 points in both their games so far this season.
The Beaver train kept rolling as they jumped out to a 30-0 halftime lead over St. Croix Falls and coasted to the 42-6 win.
In its three games so far, St. Croix Falls has given up an average of 39.3 points per game.
“Defensively, we need to tackle better,” SCF coach Grant Belisle said. “We’re not giving ourselves a good enough chance to be successful. Players need to give us better efforts. And on the defensive side, when we have plays ‘sniffed’ out, we need to capitalize on it and finish better. We can’t give good teams two or three efforts to make a play work.”
Maddux Allen finished 12-for-22 for 252 yards and two touchdowns for Cumberland. The two touchdowns were an 85-yard completion to Drew Griffith and a 62-yard reception to Gavin Jarchow. Jarchow finished with seven receptions for 130 yards, while Griffith had three receptions for 117 yards.
Griffth also had success on the ground, finishing with 10 rushes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Seventy-two of them came on one play, Cumberland’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“We knew they’d be athletic and explosive on offense,” Belisle said. “We knew they are an aggressive defense. A few plays in the first half really hurt us.”
Meanwhile, the Saints offense struggled. Dayo Oye had 25 rushes for 108 yards. The rest of the St. Croix Falls rushing attack had 16 rushes for 26 yards.
The lone SCF touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from Michael Shannon to Bryn Gouker in the third quarter. St. Croix Falls finished with 61 yards passing.
“Offensively, we really need to work on sustaining blocks,” Belisle said. “We need to play well in order to get a win. We haven’t put together a good game yet. Our guys need to keep each other accountable at practice and make sure we finish each play Friday night.”