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Sports: Another big day for Gordon

Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon was productive (again!) for the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

The running back out of Wisconsin rushed for 84 yards and scored touchdown in the Chargers home loss to Tampa Bay.

Big Ten title eludes Badgers

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INDIANAPOLIS — Trace McSorley threw four touchdown passes Saturday night and No. 8 Penn State stunned No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31, rallying from a 21-point first-half deficit to claim its first conference title in eight years with the greatest comeback in Big Ten title game history.

Now the East Division champs must wait to see if the selection committee rewards them with one of the four coveted playoff spots on Sunday.

Sports: McKay steps down at Indian Trail

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Mike McKay stepped down as Indian Trail football coach to take a job in Illinois, the school announced on Friday.

For details, pick up Saturday’s News or visit kenoshanews.com.

McKay steps down as Indian Trail football coach

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For the first time in program history, the Indian Trail football team will have a head coach other than Mike McKay.

McKay, who’s guided the program since its inception in 2010, resigned from the position, the school announced in a press release on Friday.

Sports: The Jazz Sweep

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Tremper graduate Jazz Peavy has benefited from a specific play for the Wisconsin football team this season.

The sweep, which takes advantage of the redshirt junior’s blazing speed, has been a big playmaker for the Badgers.

The Jazz Jet

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The first key to executing a successful jet sweep at No. 6 Wisconsin can be summarized in two words by receivers coach Ted Gilmore.

“Run scared,” Gilmore said Wednesday.

Pick Axe!

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MADISON — A fourth-quarter flourish erased memories of a jittery first half for No. 5 Wisconsin against Minnesota.

The latest installment of the most-played rivalry in major college football ended with a familiar scene: the Badgers triumphantly holding up Paul Bunyan’s Axe.

Badgers try to stay focused against Purdue

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No. 6 Wisconsin understands the stakes today at Purdue.

Win and the Badgers might be booking another trip to the Big Ten championship game. Win, get some help and they just might resurface in the College Football Playoff chase. Lose, and it could all vanish.

Three Red Men first-team All-CCIW in football

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The Carthage College football team was rewarded for its 7-3 campaign by having three players named first-team all-conference.

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin announced its all-conference team this week.

Carmickle, Gessert honorable mention All-State in football

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Indian Trail senior receiver Armani Carmickle and St. Joseph senior defensive back Alec Gessert were selected honorable mention All-State by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, it was announced on Monday.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Carmickle caught 53 passes for 864 yards (16.3 average) and 11 touchdowns. Those were the most touchdown catches by a Kenosha County wideout and rank second-most among Southeast Conference receivers, with Franklin still to play one more game in Friday’s WIAA Division-1 state championship.

Six Panthers named All-SLC

The Wilmot football team finished second in the Southern Lakes Conference and made its seventh consecutive postseason appearance this season.

That success was reflected when the All-SLC team was released late last week, as six Panthers were named to the first team.

Exiting with a rout

The Carthage football team wrapped up its season with a 40-14 victory at North Park Saturday afternoon to finish 5-0 on the road.

The Red Men are 7-3 overall, its most wins since 2009, and 5-3 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The Vikings lost their ninth consecutive game to finish 1-9, 0-8.

No. 7 Wisconsin rolls to 48-3 win over Illinois

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MADISON — Finally, Wisconsin had a breather.

Tested week after week with close games against the Big Ten’s tougher teams, the seventh-ranked Badgers assumed the role of playoff contender in beating up on one of the league’s weaker squads.

Badgers focused only on Illini

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Style points aren’t in fashion at Wisconsin.

The seventh-ranked Badgers will push opponents around with withering defense, and try to grind it out on the ground on offense. They’re not necessarily going to stray from that successful formula just to make an impression on the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Red Men ready for finale

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BY DAVE BOEHLER

dboehler@kenoshanews.com

Wisconsin part of 2017 Friday night Big Ten package

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Wisconsin will be part of the Big Ten’s first Friday night prime time television schedule next season, the league announced on Tuesday.

The Badgers will be the second game in the series on Sept. 1 when they host Utah State. Rutgers is scheduled to host Washington earlier that day.

Go, go Gordon

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SAN DIEGO — Even if the San Diego Chargers continue to struggle for an identity, Melvin Gordon isn’t.

For the second day in a row, coach Mike McCoy referred to the second-year running back as a “bell cow.”

Kenosha all over All-SEC picks

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When the 2016 All-Southeast Conference football team was announced on Monday, Kenosha County was well-represented.

Bradford received 16 total first-team, second-team and honorable mention selections — just one behind SEC champion Franklin’s 17 for second-most in the conference — Indian Trail totaled 11 and Tremper racked up nine.

Local SEC teams in good position

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Franklin is the only Southeast Conference team remaining in the WIAA Division-1 football playoffs.

But when the 2016 All-SEC team was announced on Monday, Bradford, Indian Trail and Tremper scored some lofty honors right on par with the conference-champion Sabers.

Web extra: Melvin Gordon’s day in pictures

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Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon had a career day for the San Diego Chargers in their 43-35 win at Tennessee on Sunday.

The second-year running back out of Wisconsin ran for a career-best 196 yards and scored a touchdown and caught four passes for 65 yards as he continued to establish himself as one of the most dangerous players in the NFL.

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