Somerset (WQOW) -- Somerset is in the WIAA football playoffs for the 18th time in school history, and a win Friday night in Level 4 would get the Spartans to the state finals in Madison for the fifth time.
Standing in the way, another Division 4 unbeaten team, Black River Falls. The Tigers feature a strong passing attack. BRF wide receiver Jordan Millis leads the state in touchdown receptions, and is fourth in the state in receiving yards. Black River Falls comes in averaging 36 points per game, so Somerset knows it's going to have to limit mistakes Friday night at Carson Park. Keeping the ball away from the Tigers will be a big key as well.
"They are very talented," says Somerset head coach Bruce Larson, "they've got a lot of skill kids, and they move the ball extremely well. Offensively they are a great team, and defensively they are a better team than people think they are. They are a very good team out of a very, very good conference. We're going to have to play perfect football to beat them."
"We have to contain their big plays," says Somerset senior lineman Jared Buchanan, "watch number five [Jordan Millis], he's a good player, he's fast, and he's quick, and yeah, just be gap sound and do our jobs, and we'll be all right."
All season long, Somerset's had a goal of getting back to the WIAA State Finals, but none of the Spartans are looking past the Tigers.
"You're in a single-elimination tournament," says Larson, "and you know, you play for your life, every time you go out, and there is no second chance, so either you go and take care of business Friday, or we meet Monday and put stuff away."
Black River Falls vs. Somerset is a 7:00 P.M. kick Friday at Carson Park in Eau Claire.
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