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Wildcats prevail in homecoming win over Riverdale
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After taking a slim 14-8 halftime lead last Friday night, the Southwestern varsity football team kept the ball on the ground in the second half to secure a 50-16 victory over host Riverdale.
Coach Dave Wills' squad scored four rushing touchdowns in the second half of Friday night's contest and finished with a season-high 273 rushing yards on 38 attempts.
The win gives the Wildcats a Southwest Wisconsin Activities League record of 3-1 and an overall mark of 4-2, while Riverdale dropped to 0-3 in league play and 2-3 overall.
It was a big night for senior running back Connor Kuhl, who accounted for 192 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 22 carries.
His first score came from one yard out in the first quarter, then reeled off a 40-yard TD run in the fourth.
Kuhl also kicked three extra points, caught a two-point conversion pass from Aaron Kaiser, and scored a defensive touchdown in the game when he returned an interception 96 yards for the team's final score.
Senior quarterback Keaton Kephart also played a sensational game, completing 8-of-11 passing attempts for 179 yards, one touchdowns and one interception.
He found Brady Wilkerson in the first quarter for a 38-yard TD pass, and also ran in a five-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Senior running back Scott Digman contributed two scores, a one-yard TD plunge and a four-yard TD run, both coming in the third quarter.
Southwestern's top receiver was junior Aaron Kaiser, who hauled in five passes for 93 yards. As the back-up quarterback to Kephart, he also completed 2-of-3 passing attempts for six yards and completed a pair of two-point conversion passes, one to Connor Kuhl and the other to Cody Harwick.
"We were able to move the ball very well on offense and because of that we were able to pass the ball well also," said coach Wills, whose team ended up with 458 yards of total offense.
The host Chieftains finished the game with 133 yards rushing and one TD on 40 attempts, and completed 12-of-25 pass attempts for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Friday night the Wildcats will travel to Iowa-Grant (4-2, 2-2), who are coming off a 38-6 loss to Cuba City.