Photo by Kim Webb
Photo by Kim Webb

ELMWOOD, WI - A loss by the Pepin-Alma Eagles, coupled with a Wolves 23-21 win over the Clear Lake Warriors on October 7, gave EPC the chance for a piece of the SLC title on October 14.  The Wolves then made that dream a reality after a solid 48-7 win at Shell Lake in their final game of the regular season.

In order to get a shot at the SLC championship, the Wolves had to take care of business in Clear Lake. The Warriors scored first on a 3 yard run in the first to take an early 7-0 lead, but EPC knotted the score 7-7 late in the quarter on a one yard touchdown run by Dalton Binkowski.

Luke Baier put the Wolves up 14-7 on a one yard run at the 11:55 mark of the second quarter.  The EPC lead held until late in the second, when the Warriors responded with a touchdown to make it a 14-14 game.

The Wolves were able to head into halftime with momentum, however, after Binkowski scored his second TD of the game on another one yard run. EPC lead 20-14 at intermission.

The only score in the third quarter came via the leg of Luke Baier. Baier kicked what ended up being the game-winning field goal from 29 yards out, as the Wolves led 23-14 heading into the final quarter of play.

Clear Lake scored on a passing play midway through the fourth quarter, but the EPC defense shut them down the rest of the way, and the Wolves picked up a hard-earned 23-21 victory.

Luke Baier led the Wolves with 117 yards and one TD on 27 carries, while Dalton Binkowski completed 3 of 5 passes for 21 yards. Binkowski had a pair of rushing touchdowns as well, and led the defense with seven tackles. Luke Baier and Austin Turner had four tackles each.

The Wolves locked up a share of the crown last Friday night on the road at Shell Lake after disposing of the Lakers with a 48-7 win.

EPC led 14-0 late in the first quarter thanks to a 48 yard touchdown run by Sam Hoyt and a 36 yard pass play from Dalton Binkowski to Hoyt.  Shell Lake scored its only touchdown of the night with 2:21 left in the first on a one yard run.

The Wolves entered the second quarter only up by seven, 14-7, but it was all EPC the rest of the way as the Wolves outscored Shell Lake 34-0 in the final three quarters.

Sam Hoyt picked up his third touchdown of the night on a one yard run with 9:58 left in the second quarter, and after Hoyt caused a fumble that was recovered by Luke Baier just seconds later, Dalton Binkowski scampered 29 yards to give EPC a commanding 28-7 lead.

The Wolves weren’t done yet as they increased their lead to 35-7 before halftime. Binkowski hooked up with Hoyt once again, this time on a 47 yard scoring play that gave EPC all the momentum they would need heading into the second half.

EPC scored once in the third (35 yard run by Anthony Ebensperger), and once in the fourth (Sam Hoyt’s 13 yard run) en route to a 48-7 drubbing of the Lakers.

Senior Sam Hoyt had a career night, scoring five touchdowns while leading the Wolves in both rushing and receiving yardage.  Hoyt carried the ball 8 times for 124 yards and 3 TD’s, and caught two TD passes.  Dalton Binkowski completed 6 of 8 passes for 122 yards and two scores.

Collin Weix led the Wolves’ defense with 7.5 tackles, and Hoyt wasn’t far behind with seven.  Overall, the Wolves recorded six tackles for a loss, including one sack.

After securing a spot in the WIAA Level 1 Play-offs, the Wolves will travel to La Crosse to take on DeSoto on Friday, October 21 at La Crosse Logan High School. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.