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Tuttle scores touchdown in 2014 WFCA All-Star game

OSHKOSH — Glenwood City’s Issac Tuttle capped his high school football career with one last exclamation point – a three-yard touchdown run in the 2014 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) Small School All-Star Football game held Saturday, July 19 at Titan Stadium on the UW-Oshkosh campus.

Tuttle’s scoring plunge gave the North All-Stars only its second touchdown and final score of the game as they fell to the South All-Star Squad 33-13. Tuttles touchdown came with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter.

The North team had a tough task finding positive yards on the ground against the South’s stingy defensive unit which allowed just a total of 26 rushing yards in the contest.

Tuttle, who finished the 2013 season with 2,235 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns, tallied 14 of those yards on six tries. Three other North All-Star running backs garnered just 12 yards in nine attempts.

Tuttle also had a pair of kick-off returns for 46 yards or a 23.0 yard average.

Joining Tuttle on the Small Schools’ North All-Star team was teammate and fellow GCHS class of 2014 graduate Nick Mrdutt and head coach Shane Strong, who served as an assistant for the North’s All-Star team.

Together the trio led the Hilltoppers to back-to-back appearances in the the last two WIAA Division 7 State Football Championship games and the 2012 State Title.

Mrdutt completed 50 percent of his passes during his senior season last fall hitting on 41 of 82 attempts for 789 yards and 13 touchdown passes to seven interceptions.

Mrdutt was also Glenwood City’s third-leading rusher with 421 yards  on 77 carries including 11 for touchdowns.

Game Recap

The North forged an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter but the South erased that deficit as it reeled off five unanswered scores for 30 points in all to take command of the game.

The South had big contributions offensively from several players, including East Troy quarterback Brandon Matz, who completed 9 of 12 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. Erik Van Vleet of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau went for 56 yards on 15 carries, while Racine St. Catherine’s Sean Madden scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.

It was a complete team effort for the South however, as Logan Peterson of Cedar Grove-Belgium returned an interception for a touchdown (one of three picks for the South on the day) and Big Foot’s Ian Gallagher connected on a pair of field goals.

The North team jumped out to a lead midway through the first quarter when a short pass from Black River Falls’ Ethan Young to Barron’s Jason Balts resulted in a broken tackle and race for a 67-yard touchdown.

The South answered early in the second when Matz found Platteville’s William Cooley from 21-yards out. Peterson’s interception and a Gallagher field goal made it 16-7 at halftime.

Young finished 7 of 13 for 126 yards and a touchdown to lead the North, with Balts hauling in 6 passes for 112 yards and a score.

The South All-Stars also prevailed in the Large School contest, winning by a 24-8 count.

The WFCA All-Star Games serve as a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This year’s players set a new record with a total of more than $417,000 raised for the Children’s Hospital.

—Game Recap story by Travis Wilson for the WFCA