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Bulldogs clip Falcons wings in opening win

BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville football team outplayed the Flambeau Falcons in all aspects of the game to take a 31-0 win on the road in the first game of the season for both teams Aug. 21.

Boyceville showed some team depth offensively as four different players scored rushing touchdowns while points were added on through their kicking game. The defense held the Falcons to just 34 total yards (14 rushing) and two first downs in the contest.

After forcing the Falcons to punt on their first two possessions, the Bulldogs took the second punt to their own 39 yard line.

Hunter Anderson carried the ball for a 15 yard gain, followed by a 20 yard sprint by Jordan Morse and Sam Hellmann finished off the drive with a 26-yard touchdown. After a penalty on the offense during the two-point conversion attempt put the ball back five yards, Anderson still managed to run the ball in for two points and an 8-0 lead.

After Flambeau went three and out on their next possession, it took the Bulldogs just three plays to add onto their lead when Anderson connected with Micah Johnson for a 41-yard pass completion to the Falcon 10-yard line and Morse ran for seven yards then capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Jake Lake kicked the extra point for a 15-0 Boyceville lead to end the first quarter.

Boyceville came up with a 13-play drive which included runs from Anderson and Hellmann along with a four-yard pass to Buddy Hanestad and a 21-yard pass  to Bryce Boda on their first possession of the second quarter which culminated in Anderson scoring from three yards out. The extra point kick attempt was off the mark but the Bulldogs were up 21-0 and that’s how the half ended.

After picking up a first down on their first possession of the third quarter, the Bulldogs were forced into a punt but the defense stood their ground again, tackling the Flambeau runners for two straight losses and giving up two yards on third down and the Falcons had to boot the ball back.

Anderson returned the punt to the Flambeau 15-yard line and after a penalty on Boyceville, Hunter Lipke rattled off a six-yard run, followed by a nine-yard gain by Morse. On third and five, Lake used his leg strength to boot a 27-yard field goal to up the Bulldog lead to 24-0 which ended up being the only points scored in the quarter.

Boyceville turned the ball over on downs early in the fourth quarter but the Falcons returned the favor, resulting in the Bulldogs taking over on the Flambeau 37 yard line.

Gavin Olson and Lipke took turns running the ball and Olson ended the drive with a 17-yard scamper to paydirt. Lake kicked another extra point to finish off the scoring for the game.

Tyler Krueger recovered a Falcon fumble for the Bulldogs and after two running plays, new quarterback Bryce Boda, ended the game by taking a knee.

“Our defense played a very solid game,” Boyceville coach Brian Roemhild said after the win. “Our offensive line did a great job of opening up running lanes for our backs and the backs hit the holes hard. We had a lot of players starting their first varsity game and I am pleased with their effort. We have a lot of things we can improve on but it was nice to get a win in our first game,” he added.

Anderson led the ground attack with 130 yards, Morse added 68 yards, Hellmann 43, Olson 41 and Lipke 40. Anderson was 6 for 12 in the passing department for 106 yards with Johnson and Hanestad both snaring two of his passes. Johnson returned two punts for a total of 31 yards while Anderson returned one for 24 yards.

Boyceville will host Clear Lake, the runner up in the South Lakeland Conference last year, this Friday night. It is the first of a three-game homestand for the Bulldogs.