SPRING VALLEY — After the Colfax football team defeated Spring Valley the past two seasons in the last minute of the game both times, the Cardinals showed no mercy this year by dealing the Vikings one of their most lop-sided losses in school history by a score of 69-7 at Spring Valley Friday, September 4.
“Even though we had a lot of young players on the field, we are still a better team then what we showed in this game,” coach Mark Maloney said after the loss. “For whatever reason, the kids were not ready to play. We were outplayed in every aspect of the game.”
Things looked a little promising for the Vikings after a pass completion in the first quarter went for a first down but the ball was fumbled after the reception and recovered by the Cardinals.
Spring Valley went on to score four times in the first quarter on a 30-yard run by Jacob Reilly, a pair of touchdown passes from Sean Borgerding, one to Jed Schlegal from 57 yards out and another to Logan Newton for 11 yards, and another 59-yard run by Reilly for a 28-0 lead after the first quarter.
Schlegel ran for two more scores and Borgerding another as Spring Valley extended its lead at halftime to 41-0, producing a running clock.
Seth Schlegal put his name in the scorebook with a 59-yard run and Newton’s fifth extra point kick of the game made it 55-0 before Colfax quarterback Jarrod Rudi put his team on the board on a 26-yard run and kicked the extra point.
Spring Valley scored once more in the quarter on a 14-yard run by Tyson Kado and added a fourth quarter touchdown on a three-yard run by Craigen Anderson.
“We need to get re-focused for our home game this week against Glenwood City,” Maloney said. “After three weeks on the road, the kids are ready to play on our own field”
Rudi completed 6 of 12 passes for 39 yards and was the leading rusher for the team with 27 yards. Freshman George Scharlau saw some fourth-quarter action at quarterback and completed his first pass. Jacob Steinke snared three passes for 22 yards while Mitchell Kiekhafer caught two for 13 yards.
Ross Taylor, Zach Meyer and Adam Pretasky all had seven tackles in the game and Steinke had five for Colfax.
The Cardinals racked up 465 yards on the ground from nine different players.