Lions tie Westby, trample Tomah

Kai Bjerke makes difficult, one-handed touchdown catch against Tomah during Sunday 7-on-7 action at La Crosse. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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Stephen Lee Epps

In off-season sports, the Spring Grove boys won one and tied one 7-on-7, all-passing football game at UW-La Crosse on July 8. But there were no girls or boys basketball games during the July 4 holiday week.


>>SG 32, Westby 32

>>SG 38, Tomah 19

Noah Elton caught 14 passes, including four touchdown grabs. And on defense, he intercepted one toss.

Alex Folz completed 21 of 38 passes (55%) with one interception for five touchdowns. He also caught three passes for two TDs and picked off three enemy aerials.

Chandler Bergrud came in to quarterback the final two series against Tomah and was amazingly accurate. He completed 12 of 16 (75%) with no interceptions and half of those completions (6) going for touchdowns.

Kai Bjerke latched on to six passes, including two TDs. Ethan Matzke reeled in five tosses for another two touchdowns.

Kyle Hagen joined Folz with three receptions while Tyler Kersten scored with both of his two catches.

Not to be overlooked were the accurate shotgun center snaps by Wyatt Murphy.

The Lions tied Westby despite SG scoring one more touchdown, completing one more pass and also intercepting two more than did the Vikings. Westby went on to win its second game 34-27 against Onalaska.

SG dominated Tomah with a completion rate of 69%, compared to 39% for the Timberwolves. Neither Folz nor Bergrud threw an interception, while Lion defenders picked off four Tomah tosses. SG held a 7-to-5 margin in TD passes.