Late TD pushes Auburndale football past Tomahawk
Apaches improve to 2-1 in Marawood
By Paul Lecker
TOMAHAWK — The Auburndale football team earned a big road win in Marawood Conference play on Friday night, edging Tomahawk 20-13 at Tomahawk High School.
Auburndale pulled out the win with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Isaacson scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with just nine seconds remaining to lift the Apaches to the victory in a back-and-forth game.
The win improves Auburndale’s record to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Marawood Conference. The Apaches will need to win just one of their final four games to break even in the conference and likely earn a second-straight WIAA playoff berth.
Tomahawk is now 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the Marawood.
Jacob Peplinski scored on a 14-yard run in the first quarter to put Auburndale ahead, and the Apaches led 7-0 at halftime.
Tomahawk tied the game with a third-quarter touchdown pass before Auburndale pulled back in front on a 3-yard touchdown run by Isaacson in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
After Tomahawk tied the game again with a TD pass with just 2:31 to go, the Apaches drove down the field, and Isaacson scored the last-second touchdown to lift Auburndale to the victory.
Auburndale plays at Marathon next Friday, Sept. 22.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Apaches 20, Hatchets 13
Auburndale 7 0 0 13 – 20
Tomahawk 0 0 7 6 – 13
A – Jacob Peplinski 14 run (Keller Wolfe kick), 4:08.
T – Max Bembinits 6 pass from Watt Wenninger (Justin Yach kick), 7:49.
A – Ryan Isaacson 3 run (kick failed), 11:03.
T – Bembinster 3 pass from Wenninger (kick blocked), 2:31.
A – Isaacson 3 run (Wolfe kick), 0:09.
First downs: Auburndale 15; Tomahawk 13.
Rushing yards: A 219; T 131.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): A 6-16-67-0; T 12-25-95-2.
Total yards: A 286; T 226.
Penalties (no.-yards): A 5-45; T 7-70.
Fumbles (total-lost): A 2-2; T 2-1.
Punting (no.-avg.): A 5-27.2; T 2-34.5.
Records: Auburndale 3-2, 2-1 Marawood Conference; Tomahawk 1-4, 0-3 Marawood Conference.