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CADOTT – The Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team became playoff eligible with a hard-fought 28-22 win over Cadott on Friday night at Cadott High School.

The Rockets turned to their ground game to accumulate all of their offense, literally. Spencer/Columbus did not attempt a pass and ran the ball 55 times for 425 yards.

Following a scoreless first quarter, Austin Bacon had touchdown runs of 49 and 65 yards to give Spencer/Columbus a 14-0 lead.

Cadott scored on a big play of its own, a 62-yard run by Brady Spaeth, to cut it to 14-8 going into halftime.

Cole Timmler’s only rushing attempt in the game turned into a 24-yard touchdown 4 minutes into the second half as the Rockets went up 22-8.

Briggs added another touchdown before Eden Jacobson scored from the 10 for Spencer/Columbus midway through the fourth.

Cadott scored with 3:08 remaining but the Rockets were able to hold on to the lead from there and improve to 4-3 overall this season and 4-2 in the Cloverbelt Conference.

Bacon finished with 204 yards and Jacobson added 136 in the win for the Rockets.

Spencer/Columbus plays at Eau Claire Regis on Thursday and finishes its regular season Oct. 18 at home against Altoona. The Rockets will have to win at least once to secure a spot in the WIAA playoffs. At .500 in conference play, teams are eligible but not guaranteed a spot in the postseason field.

Rockets 28, Hornets 22 Spencer/Columbus 0 14 8 6 – 28 Cadott 0 8 8 6 – 22 Second Quarter SC – Austin Bacon 49 run (run failed), 7:54. SC – Bacon 65 run (Eden Jacobson run), 3:47. C – Brady Spaeth 62 run (Josh Briggs run), 2:44. Third Quarter SC – Cole Timmler 24 run (Jacobson run), 8:02. C – Briggs 9 run (Briggs run), 1:29. Fourth Quarter SC – Jacobson 10 run (run failed), 7:55. C – Gavin Tegels 23 pass from Mason Poehls (run failed), 3:08. Team Statistics First downs: Spencer/Columbus 21; Cadott 12. Rushing (att-yards): SC 55-425; C 35-171. Passing (comp-att-yards): SC 0-0-0-0; C 6-10-73-1. Total yards: SC 425; C 244. Penalties (no.-yards): SC 4-40; C 6-40. Fumbles (total-yards): SC 3-3; C 1-1. Punting (no.-avg.): SC none; C 4-32.5. Individual Statistics Rushing: SC, Austin Bacon 18-204, Eden Jacobson 24-136, Hayden Bauman 6-49, Cole Timmler 1-24, Will Gorst 4-23, Gage Stratman 2-minus 11. C, Brady Spaeth 15-110, Nelson Wahl 5-35, Josh Briggs 6-23, Tegan Ritter 2-4, Mason Poehls 2-minus 4, Jacob Ackley 4-minus 9, Team 1-12. Passing: SC, no attempts. C, Ackley 4-6-47-0, Poels 2-2-26-0, Wahl 0-2-0-1. Receiving: C, Wahl 3-18, Poehls 1-28, Tegels 1-23, Ethan West 1-4. Interceptions (defense): SC, Brett Kasch. Records: Spencer/Columbus 4-3, 4-2 Cloverbelt Conference; Cadott 3-4 overall and Cloverbelt Conference.

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