The undefeated Grantsburg Pirates (6-0, 9-0) take their first step on the road to Camp Randall tonight at R.W. Olson Community Field in Grantsburg as they host the St. Croix Falls Saints (4-5, 3-3) in level 1 playoff action.
- The Pirates and Saints faced off on Sept. 22 in Grantsburg and the Pirates dominated, shutting out the Saints 36-0
- John Chenal ran for 215 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns (highlights)
- Quarterback Luke Anderson was 5/8 for 94 yards and two touchdowns, one to Leo Chenal (a dazzling run after catch) and one to John Chenal
- David MacKean and Reed Arnold both had interceptions in the game.
- The first quarter was scoreless. Grantsburg didn’t score until 7:30 left in the first half. They then scored 29 points in those seven and a half minutes. The starters were rested after John Chenal scored his fourth touchdown with 11:14 remaining in the third quarter
- QB Clay Carney (98 carries for 520 yards) and RB Calan Leahy (97 carries for 361 yards) are the main threats on the ground for the Saints
- Passing-wise, the Saints struggle, completing only 21 passes this season, and throwing six interceptions
- #54 Luke Clark leads the team in tackles with 77
- This is the third year in a row the Saints have qualified for the playoffs
- Grantsburg is the three time, undefeated Large Lakeland conference champions
- John Chenal is eighth in the state for rushing yards (1694). FYI, playoff stats will count toward state records
- John is second in touchdowns scored with 29. The leader has 33. He’s tied with Brady Redwine of Elk Mound, a potential opponent in two weeks
- Before the Unity game, Grantsburg had punted just twice all season. They punted four times against Unity
- Grantsburg rushes for an average of 276.6 yards per game.
Stat Comparison -or- John Chenal is really good
Take a look at the leading rushers in Wisconsin:
- John is one of two fellas with only eight games playd
- John has 129 attempts, by far the fewest of the top eight
- John’s 13.1 yards per carry is a full yard per carry more than the rushing leader in the state
This is not to disparage any of these other guys, much respect to them, but it puts John’s season in more perspective. It’s been a historic season for the Grantsburg senior.