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Big blank-out for Ellsworth gridders over SCC

Ellsworth linemen explode off the ball as quarterback Emery Whalen pulls back from center.1 / 8
Ellsworth pep band in performance.2 / 8
Brandon VanderMarliere fires up the Ellsworth team before they take the field.3 / 8
Ellsworth's Brett Freier knocks away a pass from an SCC receiver.4 / 8
Ellsworth's Jacob Fuchs keeps his balance on the rush.5 / 8
Playing the pots and pans.6 / 8
Ellsworth's Dan Giese makes a play for the ball on this sideline pattern.7 / 8
Two defenders are no obstacle for Ellsworth's Dennis Schutz.8 / 8

Dennis Schutz played just a half worth of football in Friday's WIAA Division 4 Level 1 playoff contest.  But in just one half Schutz did as much as running backs do in a single game if at all ever.

 In a record performance for one half Schutz rushed for 275 yards on 16 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 51-0 Ellsworth romp.

 EHS all but ended the game in the second quarter scoring 26 points for 39-0 halftime advantage. The Purple had running clock the entire second half.

 Schutz scored the game's first touchdown with a 25-yard run followed with a big play, 72-yard scamper to the endzone and follow that up with even more TD runs which featured his burst of speed and hard running style that makes him hard to bring down. Those came from 51, 45 and 20 yards away.

 "He's already is fast and athletic and he adds to this great field vision and a tenacious running style," Ellsworth head coach Clair Austin said. "He can do things few other athletes can do."

 But it wasn't all the Dennis Schutz show for EHS. His first TD was set up by one of two interceptions by Nick Taranto this evening. Ellsworth defensive backs picked off three passes (Nate White had the other INT) and broke-up several passes. Taranto scored on Ellsworth's only pass completion of the evening as he snagged a seven-yard pass in the end zone from Emery Whalen. Panther running back Evan Klawitter rushed for 100 yards and scored on a 20-yard run in the second half and Ted Mark had Ellsworth other touchdown on a one-yard.

This was EHS’s third shutout this season but more historically it was also believed to be its first ever WIAA playoff win at Fuller-Symes Field.

Ellsworth, 10-0 overall, will play Black River Falls, 6-4 overall, in Level 2 next weekend. Time, date and location are to be determined.  SCC closed its season 3-7 overall.