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WIC clinches repeat West Pac title

Just give Alec Schmelebeck a few blocks and then stand back. Here, Mykel Zaritz (51), Tristan Nelson (64) and Chris Cunningham (71) provide the opening, and Schmelebeck is gone for a long gain deep into the Northland Pines’ end of the field.
EAGLE RIVER—The end was clear, but the means were anything but.
    With a chance to clinch a share of their second straight West Pac Conference championship against host Northland Pines on Oct. 10, the West Iron County Wykons looked across the field at a team that was its polar opposite.
    For the Wykons, it’s power football all the way--just huddle up and try to bludgeon the opponent with a relatively straightforward, methodical and brutally efficient running game.
    For the Eagles, it’s football 21st century-style--a wildly diversified attack that attempts to play at warp speed and treats an offensive huddle as if the only thing that could come from it is a contagious disease.
    In a fascinating clash of styles, it was a victory for old-time football, as West Iron knocked off Northland Pines 34-15 on a cold, clear October evening with a full moon hanging over picturesque Eagle River.
    With the win, the Wykons--ranked No. 3 in the U.P. Big School poll and No. 5 in the state Associated Press Division 7 rankings–have now won 18 consecutive regular-season games and can claim the conference crown outright with a victory over Hancock (2-5, 1-3) on Oct. 17.
    Alec Schmelebeck ran for 142 yards and scored three touchdowns, while Brandon Olson and Jake Polich added one score each as West Iron (7-0, 5-0) stayed in front of the Eagles in a game much closer than the final count indicated.

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