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Amherst quarterback Landon Moe. (File photo)

Zaleski Sports

AMHERST – Amherst overcame an early two-touchdown deficit and defeated Stratford 28-14 to finish off an undefeated Central Wisconsin Conference Large Division championship season on Friday night at Amherst High School.

Raife Smart, who finished with 138 yards rushing, had touchdown runs of 37 and 6 yards early to give Stratford a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

Amherst’s defense buckled down from there and the Falcons offense went to work.

Matthew Glodowski scored from the 2 with 1:29 to go before halftime to give the Falcons momentum and they didn’t let up in the second half.

Jake Hoffman tied the game with a 5-yard TD run late in the third quarter, and quarterback Landon Moe scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the fourth as the Falcons pulled away to wrap up the conference title.

Moe finished with 103 rushing yards and another 90 through the air for Amherst, which heads into the playoffs perfect at 10-0 (includes a forfeit win).

Stratford finishes the regular season with a 7-2 record and a 5-2 mark in the CWC Large.

Both teams will open WIAA playoffs in Division 5 action next Friday, Oct. 22.

Falcons 28, Tigers 14

Stratford 7 7 0 0 - 14

Amherst 0 6 8 14 - 28

First Quarter

S – Raife Smart 37 run (Noah Barrett kick), 10:40.

Second Quarter

S – Smart 6 run (Barrett kick), 6:55.

A – Matthew Glodowski 2 run (run failed), 1:29.

Third Quarter

A – Jake Hoffman 5 run (Landon Moe run), 4:35.

Fourth Quarter

A – Moe 3 run (Josh Bentley kick), 11:53.

A – Moe 6 run (Bentley kick), 4:41.

Team Statistics

First downs: Stratford 11; Amherst 17.

Rushing (att-yards): S 31-192; A 45-188.

Passing (comp-att-yards-int): S 4-9-41-1; A 9-12-90-0.

Total yards: S 233; A 278.

Penalties (no.-yards): S 8-68; A 1-15.

Individual Statistics

Rushing: S, Raife Smart 16-138, Kaden Griesmer 7-28, Dillon Kirsch 3-19, Braeden Schueller 3-7, Elijah Lucio 2-0. A, Landon Moe 25-103, Matthew Glodowski 16-56, Jake Hoffman 4-29.

Passing: S, Schueller 2-5-9-1, Lucio 1-1-29-0, Trenton Cournoyer 1-3-3-0. A, Moe 9-12-90-0.

Receiving: S, Devin Ulrich 2-72, Smart 1-9, Griesmer 1-0. A, Ian Hall 5-38, Hoffman 3-44, Glodowski 1-8.

Interceptions (defense): A, Hall.

Records: Stratford 7-2, 5-2 Central Wisconsin Conference Large Division; Amherst 10-0, 7-0 CWC Large.

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