Waterville-Elysian-Morristown stayed hot Friday night, defeating the Bulldogs of Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 25-6 for their third straight win.
WEM improved to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the district, while LP/HT dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in district play.
The Buccaneers ground game led the way once again, with senior Jaden Taylor leading the way with 119 yards and two touchdowns. Brant Melchert also contributed nicely, rushing for 92 yards.
“We started out pretty strong tonight. We got the running game going,” WEM head coach Mike Richards said. “Jaden had a great night. Then Brant carried the load with 20 carries and close to 100 yards. Defensively, we did what we usually do. We gave up a late touchdown in the fourth quarter but otherwise we did a good job.”
The Bulldogs threatened in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 15-yard rush with 8:40 remaining. On the ensuing kickoff, with WEM leading 18-6, senior Zach Sticken put the nail in the coffin with a kickoff return about the length of the field.
“That was a big kickoff return from Sticken,” said Richards. “We had just picked up a touchdown. Then, they kick it off and he goes about 90 yards for a touchdown untouched so that was pretty cool.”
United South Central and Mayer Lutheran picked up district wins Friday night, so the Bucs remain in a tie for second place in the Mid Southeast (Red) standings. Richards believes his team can rise the standings in the season’s last few weeks with guys coming back from injury.
“We have some pieces coming together. Cole Kokoschke is an important player for us and he’ll be back next week,” said Richards. “Guys are going to start jelling more. We have a tough opponent coming up next week.”
WEM is back in action 7 p.m. Friday at home vs. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton.
WEM 25, LP/HT 6
WEM — 13 6 6
LP/HT — 0 0 0 6
WEM offensive statistics — Passing: Grant McBroom 3-12, 86 yards, 1 TD … Rushing: Brant Melchert 20-92; Jaden Taylor 4-119, 2 TD; Nolan Wetzel 5-49; Colten Henry 2-6 … Receiving: Dylan Androli 1-50, 1 TD; Theo Miska 1-30; Nick LeMienx 1-6
WEM defensive statistics: Miska 7, Androli 7, Griffen Atherton 4, Wetzel 4, McBroom 3, Melchert 3, Taylor 2, VanHoudt 2, Crosby 2, Carter Pavek 2, Nick LeMieux 1, Rux 1