T-Birds get first win
Iola-Scandinavia cruises over Weyauwega-Fremont
By Greg Seubert
It took longer than expected, but the Iola-Scandinavia football team finally has a win under its belt.
After losing their first two nonconference games to Montello/Princeton/Green Lake and Mosinee, the defending WIAA Division 5 state champions opened Central Wisconsin Conference-Large play Sept. 6 with a 40-6 win over Weyauwega-Fremont.
A pair of one-play drives helped the Thunderbirds take a 20-0 halftime lead.
Parker Prahl opened the scoring with a 51-yard quarterback keeper on the T-Birds’ first play from scrimmage. He added the first of his two 41-yard touchdown passes to Will Cady early in the second quarter and Cady scored on a 92-yard run on the first play of another drive.
Prahl and Cady hooked up for another 41-yard pass to cap the T-Birds’ first drive of the second half. Prahl added a 67-yard touchdown run later in the quarter and the T-Birds took a 33-0 lead into the final period.
Prahl’s third touchdown pass of the game, a 66-yarder to Ed Bonikowske, came early in the fourth quarter.
The Indians avoided a shutout with Quinn Dittmann’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Doede.
The T-Birds outgained the Indians 511-183, including 323-135 on the ground and 188-48 through the air.
Prahl, making his first varsity start, completed eight of 14 passes, including six to Cady for 114 yards and also led the T-Birds in rushing with 158 yards.
The Indians also had a 100-yard rusher in Colton Reeck, who finished with 101 on 19 carries.
Both teams will be on the road Friday, Sept. 13. Iola-Scandinavia will head to Wittenberg to take on Wittenberg-Birnamwood, while the Indians will travel to Bonduel to face the Bears. Kickoff for both games is set for 7 p.m.
• In other games involving area teams, New London shut out Waupaca 33-0, Manawa handed Bonduel a 28-14 defeat and Amherst blanked Wittenberg-Birnamwood 42-0.