NEILLSVILLE – Fall Creek quarterback Eli Laube threw his third touchdown pass of the game, 6 yards to Leo Hagberg, with 1:20 to go to push the Crickets to a 34-28 win over Neillsville/Granton in a Cloverbelt Conference football game Friday night at Neillsville High School.
Ian Zoschke caught a 26-yard pass from Bryce Erickson for a score and Andrew Brown added a 9-yard touchdown run to give Neillsville/Granton a 14-6 lead after the first quarter.
Laube threw his first TD pass of the game, 58 yards to Hagberg, cutting NG’s lead to 14-12.
The teams exchanged touchdowns in the final minute of the half as Micah Zoschke ran in from the 19 for the Wardogs, and Jeff Ritger had a 3-yard run for Fall Creek. Both teams converted two-point plays and Neillsville/Granton took a 22-20 lead into halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Fall Creek went on top on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Laube to Cameron Martzke, and a two-point converstion made it 28-22.
Brown scored from the 6 but the Wardogs’ conversion failed the game was tied 28-28 with 8:19 left.
Laube, who threw for 351 yards, hit Hagberg for his third score with just more than 1 minute left for what proved to be the game-winner.
Neillsville/Granton racked up 272 yards on the ground, 155 from Brown.
Neillsville/Granton will be at Mondovi (watch live at zaleskisports.com) and Fall Creek will host undefeated Eau Claire Regis next Friday, Sept. 24, in Cloverbelt Conference action.
Crickets 34, Wardogs 28
Fall Creek 6 14 0 14 - 34
Neillsville/Granton 14 8 0 6 - 28
NG – Ian Zoschke 26 pass from Bryce Erickson (kick missed), 7:44.
FC – Jeff Ritger 1 run (kick blocked), 4:45.
NG – Andrew Brown 9 run (Jace Pekol pass from Bryce Erickson), 2:06.
FC – Leo Hagberg 58 pass from Eli Laube (pass failed), 6:30.
NG – Micah Zoschke 19 run (Erickson run), 1:03.
FC – Ritger 3 run (Ryan Whitlinger pass from Laube), 0:27.
FC – Cameron Martzke 16 pass from Laube (Eric Steinke pass from Laube), 11:52.
NG – Brown 6 run (run failed), 8:19.
FC – Hagberg 6 pass from Laube (kick missed), 1:20.
First downs: Fall Creek 17; Neillsville/Granton 24.
Rushing (att-yards): FC 21-minus 3; NG 54-272.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): FC 23-36-351-2; NG 8-18-102-1.
Total yards: FC 348; NG 374.
Fumbles (total-lost): FC 3-2; NG 2-1.
Penalties (no.-yards): FC 4-60; NG 2-15.
Rushing: FC, Jeff Ritger 8-7, Ryan Whittlinger 6-minus 1, Eli Laube 7-minus 9. NG, Andrew Brown 25-155, Micah Zoschke 8-55, Bryce Erickson 14-49, Jace Pekol 6-13, Ashten Schultz 1-0.
Passing: FC, Laube 23-36-351-2. NG, Erickson 8-18-102-1.
Receiving: FC, Leo Hagberg 9-183, Cameron Martzke 4-89, Bo Vollrath 4-29, Whittlinger 3-25, Jacob Wathke 1-17, Ritger 2-8. NG, Ian Zoschke 3-52, Michael Byrne 2-28, Pekol 2-15, Eastan Switz 1-7.
Interceptions (defense): FC, Whittlinger. NG, Mason Roenz, M. Zoschke.
Records: Fall Creek 2-3, 2-1 Cloverbelt Conference; Neillsville/Granton 1-3, 1-2 Cloverbelt Conference.