Turner, Evansville/Albany fall in first round
Turner High got a taste of the playoffs, but they wanted more than an appetizer.
The Trojans ran into high-powered Platteville High and left with a 54-42 loss in a WIAA Division 4 playoff game Friday night.
Platteville took a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, but Turner responded in the third quarter to take a one-possession lead at 28-20.
But Platteville’s Ethan Bernhardt led another surge and the Trojans could not keep up with their host.
“What it comes down to is the playoffs are kind of new for us,” Turner coach Derek Diehl said. “I think it was first-game jitters. Before we knew it, we were down three scores.”
Turner cut into the margin with a second-quarter touchdown and trailed 20-7 at half.
The Trojans took the second-half kickoff and scored and eventually took a 28-20 lead.
“We came out in the second half and finally played Turner football,” Diehl said.
Platteville (9-1) responded and left Turner with a final 7-3 record.
“I wish we would have gotten this so they knew what it takes,” Diehl said of his squad. “We have a nice group of juniors coming back. We just have to plug in a few players and we’ll be back.”
- Mount Horeb/Barnevile 56, Evansville/Albany 7—Mount Horeb/Barneveld scored the first four touchdowns en route to an easy victory over visiting Evansville/Albany in a WIAA Division 3 playoff opener Friday night.
The Blue Devils, who won their final six regular-season games, could not stop Malik Wilson, who scored on runs of 5, 1 and 6 yards and threw a 29-yard touchdown pass. Wilson finished with 150 yards on 28 carries. Mount Horeb/Barneveld outgained the Blue Devils 553-140.
Evansville/Albany’s only score came on a 10-yard pass from Zach Mielke to Sulley Geske in the second quarter.
MOUNT HOREB/BARNEVELD 56,
Evansville/Albany 0 7 0 0 — 7
Mt. Horeb/Barneveld 21 14 14 7 — 56
Scoring: MHB—Luke Hagelin, 17 pass from Brady Gassman (Pertusatti kick); MHB—Hagelin 24 pass from Travis Klassy (Pertusatti kick); MHB—L. Hagelin, 29 pass from Malik Winston (Pertusatti kick); MHB—Winston, 5 run (Pertusatti kick); EA—Sulley Geske, 10 pass from Zach Mielke (Urquhart kick). MHB—Winston, 1 run (Pertusatti kick); MHB—Hagelin, 18 pass from Travis Klassy (Pertusatti kick); MHB—Winston 6 run (Pertusatti kick); MHB—Hagelin, 33 pass from Miles Steinhoff (Pertusatti kick).
Statistics: First downs—EA 10, MHB 23. Rushing—EA 23-52, MHB 38-184. Passing yards—EA 88, MHB 369. Passes—EA 31-11-2, MHB 25-19-0. Fumbles-lost—EA 1-1, MHB 2-2. Penalties-yards—EA 4-30, MHB 13-169.