Decisive win for T-Birds
I-S defense holds Pacelli to 110 yards
By Greg Seubert
Five first-half touchdowns helped the Iola-Scandinavia football team pick up a 48-6 Central Wisconsin 8 Conference win over Pacelli.
The Thunderbirds found the end zone three times in the first quarter and added two more scores in the second Sept. 23 at Thunderbird Field.
I-S improved to 3-0 in CWC-8 play and 5-1 overall in the T-Birds’ first game since a 31-0 nonconference loss to Southern Door.
The Cardinals found themselves trailing 21-0 heading into the second quarter. Gio Fredheim opened the scoring with a 10-yard run and Bryce Huetter and Jayden Sivertson added scoring runs of 27 and 7 yards, respectively.
Fredheim added two more scores in the second quarter on runs of 6 and 16 yards. Daniel Mitch put the Cardinals on the scoreboard with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Jansch, but Pacelli still trailed 35-6 at the break.
The T-Birds added to their lead with a touchdown in the third and fourth quarters. Sivertson scored on a 22-yard quarterback keeper in the third and Scotty Van Gunten capped the scoring with an 8-yard run in the fourth.
I-S outgained Pacelli 448-110. Sivertson led the T-Birds with 141 rushing yards and Huettner added 136.
Coach Scott Erickson’s players of the week included Kellen Wandtke (offensive line); Ethan Olson (defensive line); Fredheim (offense); Huettner (defense); Kyle Jobke (special teams); Carter Snyder (hit of the week); and William Cady (scout team).
“Gio carried the ball only five times, but gained 63 yards and scored three touchdowns,” Erickson said. “He also does a great job blocking from the backfield and is a good pass receiver.”
Huettner led the defense with seven tackles.
“Bryce did a great job calling our defense and getting us lined up correctly every play,” Erickson said.
The T-Birds will face Shiocton on the road Friday, Sept. 30, for a 7 p.m. CWC-8 matchup with the Chiefs before heading to Amherst to face the Falcons Friday, Oct. 7. That game could determine the conference champion, as both teams are currently 3-0 in league play.