Iola-Scandinavia will see familiar faces for the third round of the state football playoffs.
The Thunderbirds advanced to Level 3 Nov. 1 with a 46-27 win over previously unbeaten and top-seeded Algoma at Southern Door High School.
I-S will see another unbeaten top seed in the next round, as the T-Birds head to Shiocton to face the Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Both teams compete in the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference and Shiocton handed the T-Birds a 34-8 defeat during the regular season.
Algoma built a 21-7 lead in the second quarter, only to see the T-Birds take a 26-21 halftime lead with three unanswered touchdowns.
Quarterback Nick Wavruk put I-S on the scoreboard with a 4-yard run in the first quarter for the first of his four rushing touchdowns in the game.
Algoma came up with a pair of scores in the opening quarter on Sam Koss’ 50-yard screen pass and Hunter Prokash’s 19-yarder to Elliot Prokash.
Ben Sealey’s 2-yard run with 7:33 to go in the first half gave the Wolves a 21-7 lead, but it didn’t last long, as the T-Birds found the end zone three more times in the final 4:14 of the half.
Jake Hansen started the comeback with a 7-yard run, John Prahl scored from 11 yards out and Wavruk and Isaac Lashua hooked up for a 14-yard TD pass on the final play of the half to give the T-Birds the lead for good.
The T-Birds added to their lead in the third quarter with Wavruk’s 5- and 1-yard runs and Wavruk wrapped up the scoring with another 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Prokash and Austen Dart teamed up for a 50-yard TD pass for Algoma’s final score.
The T-Birds outgained the Wolves 356-170 on the ground, but the Wolves had a 233-150 advantage through the air. I-S also had 26 first downs, while Algoma finished with 17.
Hansen had a big night running the football, as he finished with 191 yards in 19 carries, good for a 10.1-yards-per-carry average. Wavruk and Prahl chipped in with 67 and 50 yards, respectively.
Wavruk completed nine of 15 passes, including six to Prahl for 129 yards. Prahl also averaged 33.5 yards on each of his two punt returns.