By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – It was a long and rainy night for Friday’s football game in Boyceville. The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Cornell/Lake Holcombe, but Mother Nature interfered and dished out an hour delay, putting the start time around 8:20 p.m.
Once the sky cleared and the rain and lightning held off, the game got under way and the Bulldogs came out firing.
The ball rested on the Knights’ 38 yard line for the Bulldogs’ first drive of the game. Brett Boda took it to the 50 and then Logan McAbee-Thomas shot down the field for a touchdown at 8:48 in the first quarter.
The extra point was no good, but the Bulldogs were up 6-0.
The Knights received the kick and a personal foul on the Bulldogs put them on the 41, however the moment was short lived due to the ball being fumbled and recovered by Alex Lovett.
This put the Bulldogs on the Knights 39 yard line. On the first snap, Hunter Anderson found Brady Schutts down the field and he fired a perfect pass for a touchdown.
They set up for a two point conversion, which was good to Mitch Leach, however a flag called them back to the line.
This time Anderson connected with Leach in the opposite corner of the end zone for the two points to put the score at 14-0 with six minutes still left to play in the quarter.
On the following drive the Knights were quickly faced with a fourth down and seven yards to go, which brought out the punt team.
The punt however was fumbled on the Bulldogs’ side and the Knights made the recovery on the 44 yard line.
The Bulldogs’ defense was solid though and again the Knights were looking at a fourth down. This time their attempt was successful, but three plays later it was fourth and seven.
The pass attempt was broken up my McAbee-Thomas and Boyceville got the ball on downs on the 41.
The clocked ticked down to zero with the officials on the field taking a measurement to see if the Bulldogs got a first down. They came up short, but Anderson hit Leach and moved the ball from the Knights’ 39 to the 25 for the first down.
Jordan Morse ran the ball to the 15 for yet another first down. The ball sat on the five yard line on fourth down and the Bulldogs decided to go for it.
However a flag backed them up fourth and ten and the pass attempt fell incomplete giving the Knights the ball.
The fourth down conversion turned into the Knights sitting on fourth down and five to go with the ball on the 20, which led to a punt.
The snap to the punter was fumbled, which caused the punter to scrambled and get a short kick off.
Jason Retzloff reacted quickly and snatched up the ball for a touchdown run at 6:49 in the second quarter. The conversion play was unsuccessful, but the Bulldogs were still ahead by 20-0.
The offensive game for the Knights was just no match for the Bulldogs’ defense and they again faced another fourth down and a punt.
Boyceville received the ball on the 37 and a pass from Anderson to Boda gave them a first down and put the ball on the Knights’ 37 yard line.
Anderson found Schutts in the back field once again and landed a perfect pass for a touchdown run. This time the conversion play was successful by McAbee-Thomas to put the Bulldogs at 28-0.
There was four minutes left on the clock and the lightning was beginning to start again with the thunder booming over head.
The clock ran down to half time with neither team reaching the end zone.
At the half, flowers were handed out and players lined up for parents’ night, however one prominent lightning strike sent the players heading for the locker room.
The rain began to pour just as the contest was called off with the Bulldogs winning 28-0.
The Bulldogs had a total of 222 yards on offense with 80 rushing and 142 receiving. Anderson completed seven passes out of 12 attempts for the 142 yards in just two quarters.
Schutts had a total of 77 yards, Boda had 42, Leach had 12 and Draeger had 11. McAbee-Thomas led the team in rushing yards with 46, Draeger had 16, Morse had 14 and Anderson had four.
The Bulldogs will host their first conference game of the season this Friday, September 5 with Mondovi making the trip over. Kick off will be at 7:00 p.m.