Cubans end Blue-Golds' season in an overtime thriller

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Hunter Aspenson (11), Wyatt Boudreau (70), Austin Hagensick (7), and Nate Benish (3) team up to bring down the Cuba City runner. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Hunter Aspenson gains good yardage on the outside against visiting Cuba City.

SWS caught nine passes for 125 yards.

Jared Payne of the Blue-Golds lunges forward for extra yardage versus Cuba City.

Nate Benish (3) follows the blocking of Preston Crowley-Lee Friday night.

Jared Payne tries to jump past two defenders at the end of a good run.


Fifth seeded Cuba City nipped host and fourth seeded Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben 35-34 in overtime in a Division 6 high school football playoff game Friday night.

SWS ended a fine season in which the Blue-Golds went 9-0 to win the Ridge and Valley Conference for the second straight year.

SWS finished the season at 9-1.

The Cubans (6-4) will now travel to Fennimore on Oct. 26.

Carter Lomas hit a 31-yard field goal following a turnover in the first quarter to give the Blue-Golds a 3-0 advantage after one period.

Cuba City scored on a 6-yard run and the extra point was good as the Cubans took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. Lomas hauled in an 8-yard pass from Jared Payne and the extra point was good as SWS regained the lead 10-7 at the half. 

Cuba City scored on a 14-yard run in the third period and the PAT was good as the Cubans took a 14-10 lead. Nick Benish of SWS caught a 23-yard TD pass from Payne (PAT good) and the Blue-Golds led 17-14.

The Cubans scored on a 23-yard pass (PAT good) to go up 21-17 after three quarters.

Lomas connected on a 43-yard field goal to get the Blue-Golds to within 21-20 in the fourth quarter. Cuba City had a 40-yard TD run and the extra point was good as the Cubans increased their lead to 28-20. Gavin Ralph caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Payne, and the 2-point attempt was good as SWS tied the game at 28-28 to send the game into overtime.

Benish scored on a 5-yard reception from Payne, but the 2-point conversion was no good as the Blue-Golds increased the margin to 34-28 in the overtime. Cuba City had a 5-yard TD run and the all-important extra point was good to give the Cubans the hard-fought victory in the overtime nailbiter.

SWS rushed 48 times for 278 yards in the contest. Cuba City had 36 carries for 178 yards. Cuba City had 144 yards passing. SWS passed for 125 yards.

Benish had 15 carries for 160 yards. Hunter Aspenson had 10 carries for 48 yards. Payne was 9 of 15 passing for 125 yards and 4 TDs. Ralph caught 2 passes for 46 yards and a TD. Benish hauled in 2 passes for 33 yards and a touchdown.

“This game was played very well by both teams. The game atmosphere was amazing. It’s a very tough loss, but our team played their hearts out every single play,” said SWS Coach Justin Goodrich. “The resiliency our guys played with was incredible. It was a great season that these young men will remember for years to come. Thank you to everyone for all your support all season. I would also like to thank our seniors for everything they have given our program the last four years. These seniors are the first group in Blue-Golds history to play all four years as a co-op team. A huge thank you to the coaching staff for all their hard work and dedication. These guys are very passionate about the game and I enjoy working with them.”

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