Mounders continue to struggle with loss to Bulldogs

BOYCEVILLE — After playing a somewhat competitive game in a loss to Mondovi last week, the Elk Mound football team fell flat in a 39-6 loss to the Boyceville Bulldogs on Boyceville’s home field October 10. The Mounders are now 1-7 for the season and will finish the season at home against conference leading — and undefeated — St. Croix Central this Friday night.

Boyceville led 13-0 after the first quarter on a 66 yard touchdown run by Jordan Morse, a Jake Lake extra point kick and a 23 yard scoring run by Brady Schutts. Elk Mound moved the ball all the way to the Bulldog 36 on one of their possessions but on a fourth and four, they failed to convert and turned it over on downs. The Bulldogs doubled their score in the second quarter when Hunter Alexander threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Brett Boda from 30 yards out followed by Lake’s kick, and another to Mitch Leach for 42 yards and a 26-0 lead.

Elk Mound showed some spark when Cole Tyman pinned the Bulldogs deep in their own territory on a punt, and the defense eventually forced Boyceville to punt it right back. The Mounders then got their offense in gear as quarterback Shawn Flynn connected with Jon Storing on a 27 yard pass which led to Noah Zurbuchen taking it across the goalline from seven yards out. The conversion was stopped but Elk Mound was on the board down 26-6.

Boyceville, who are one of four conference teams playoff eligible, tacked on more points on a passing touchdown from Alexander to Schutts in the third quarter and another on the ground in the fourth by Hunter Lipke to finish things off.

Zurbuchen once again went over the 100 yard mark rushing with 125 on 19 carries while Hunter Adleman added 18 yards on six carries. Flynn, a senior, in just his second game at quarterback this year, passed for 71 yards on eight of 15 attempts with Storing snagging four of those passes for 39 yards. Tyman caught two for eight yards and Colin Svee and Chandler James each snared one. Adleman also returned six kickoffs for 91 yards. The Mounders committed five turnovers in the game including three interceptions and two lost fumbles.