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Bulldogs bulldoze Clear Lake for second straight shutout win

BOYCEVILLE — After a 31-0 blasting of Flambeau a week ago, the Boyceville football team continued to dominate on both sides of the ball when they posted their second consecutive shutout in a 33-0 win over the Clear Lake Warriors at home Aug. 28.

The Warriors started with the ball and proceeded to fumble it away with the Bulldogs’ Gavin Olson recovering it on the third play of the game on the Warrior 34 yard line. Boyceville moved the ball all the way to the six yard line on runs by Jordan Morse and Sam Hellmann but turned the ball over on downs after four plays resulted in six negative yards. After forcing a Clear Lake punt, the Bulldogs took over again on the 34 and this time Olson, Bryce Boda and Hunter Lipke did the running. Boda picked up 10 yards on a reverse to the 31 yard line on a third and seven, and Lipke scampered for a 17 yard gain and another first down at the four. Lipke then hit paydirt on the next play and Jake Lake booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Moving into the second quarter, the teams traded punts before the Boyceville offense put another drive together, starting at their own 36 yard line. On a second down play, Lipke blasted his way for a 44 yard gain all the way to the Warriors 15 and after Hellmann, Olson and Morse took turns running the ball to the four, Hellmann bulled his way into the end zone for the score. Another extra point kick by Lake made it 14-0. Boyceville’s smothering defense forced another Clear Lake punt and it appeared they were moving in for another score when quarterback Hunter Anderson completed passes to Tyler Krueger for a 10 yard gain, and another to Boda for 13 yards to the Warrior 27. But an incomplete pass, a holding call on the offense, a QB sack and another incomplete pass forced Boyceville to punt the ball away and the half ended with the 14-0 lead.

The Bulldogs took the second half kickoff  at their own 20 but relinquished the ball on an interception. Their defense held again as they sacked the QB for a 14 yard loss on third down and Clear Lake booted the ball back to them. Starting at their own 40, the Bulldogs kept the ball on the ground and with Hellmann running for 11 yards, Lipke for seven, Olson for four, Hellmann again for 11 yards and again for 14 to the Clear Lake 13, Morse pounded his way for back to back four yard gains. From there, Hellmann took it in for his second score of the game. The two point conversion was unsuccessful but the Bulldog lead was up to 20-0.

On Clear Lake’s next possession, Boda came up with an interception to give Boyceville the ball back at the Warriors 46. After a five yard run by Hellmann, Micah Johnson carried the ball for an eight yard gain and a first down. Lipke ripped off a nine yard run, Olson gained four yards and with the ball on the 20, Lipke took it to the end zone from there. Lake nailed the kick and the Bulldogs were in control at 27-0.

Boyceville added their final points in the fourth quarter when they drove the ball from the Warriors 47 to the end zone which included a 16 yard run by Lipke, a 39 yard pass completion from Anderson to Buddy Hanestad, a six yard gain from Morse who then took it in from the four yard line. The kick was missed but Boyceville had the big lead and both teams allowed their backup players to finish off the game.

Boyceville rushed for 256 yards in the game while holding Clear Lake to 32. Lipke collected 117 yards in just seven carries while Hellmann ran 13 times for 95 yards and Morse added 42 yards on 12 carries. Anderson was 3 for 9 in the passing department with Boda, Krueger and Hanestad all snaring one of those passes.

“Our defense gave another strong performance and our offense started to get some flow in the second half,” said coach Brian Roemhild. “We still have a lot to work on but we are improving each day. Our athletes have done a great job defensively of adjusting to the different types of offense we have seen over the last two weeks. We made a few adjustments at halftime and than our offensive line started to control the line of scrimmage the second half.  We will have a good test next week with a good Cameron team that can run and throw the ball.”

Up next for the Bulldogs is another non-conference game at home against Cameron this Friday night. Cameron is 1-1 so far and are coming off a 48-22 loss to Cumberland.