BOYCEVILLE — It was complete domination – Bulldogs’ style.
Boyceville’s suffocating defense turned in yet another showcase performance while its offensive unit scored at will here last Friday evening, September 4 as the homestanding Bulldogs whitewashed the Cameron Comets 49 to nothing on Evenson Field to record their third straight, non-conference shut out football victory in as many games this season.
After a 31-0 season opening win in Flambeau and a 33-0 home win over Clear Lake the week prior, Boyceville followed them with an even more impressive effort against the Comets which moved its season record to 3-0.
The defense allowed Cameron (1-2) just 20 total yards, that’s right just 20, which included a minus 18 yards of rushing on 25 attempts (a negative 0.7 yards per carry average). Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ offense racked up 401 total yards, 322 rushing from seven different players and another 79 passing, and 49 points as it scored on seven of its ten possessions and never had to punt.
And Boyceville could have scored a couple of more times as an opening drive interception and a second-quarter penalty nullified what might have been two more Bulldog touchdowns.
On that opening game drive, Boyceville moved quickly down field after starting from it own 20 yard line. Four straight runs netted a first down but the big play was a third-down toss from the Bulldogs Hunter Anderson to running back Sam Hellmann that covered 27 yards to the Cameron 40.
Three more running plays left the Bulldogs four yards short on fourth down. Following a Boyceville timeout at 7:46, Anderson called his own number on a quarterback keeper for seven yards and a fresh set of downs at the Comets 27. Bulldogs’ head coach Brian Roemhild took his team’s second timeout at 6:43 of the first quarter after the ensuing first-down play lost a yard. But Anderson’s second pass attempt was behind its intended Bulldog target and was intercepted by the Comets’ Hunter Gillett at the three and returned to the 20 yard line.
Cameron appeared to get a third-down conversion following a pass interference call but an illegal motion penalty against the Comets on the same play caused offsetting penalties and eventually lead to the first of seven punts by Jared Santana. A 31-yard punt and an eight yard return by Micah Johnson gave Boyceville the ball at the Comets 48.
After misfiring on its first possession, it took Boyceville just seven plays to cover that distance for what would turn out to be the game winner.
Hunter Lipke had a trio of runs that tallied 15 yards, Gavin Olson netted 13 yards on two carries and Bryce Boda ran for nine yards on a counter. But it was senior Sam Hellmann that struck paydirt on a 6-yard burst straight up the middle, his only run of the series, that gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead. The ever-reliable Jake Lake kicked the extra point through the uprights for a 7-0 lead at 1:38 of the first-quarter.
Cameron’s second possession ended like its first – with a punt. Another illegal motion penalty and a Jason Retzloff sack of the Comets quarterback on third down forced Cameron to boot the ball away.
Micah Johnson received the punt at the Comet 43 and ran it back down to the ten only to have half of it erased by an unsportsmanlike conduct call against the Bulldogs, who still started at the Comets 26.
Despite a five-yard loss to end the first quarter of play, Boyceville put together another seven-play drive that yielded its second touchdown – a beautiful 15-yard pitch and catch from Anderson to Brett Boda at the 9:32 mark of the second quarter. Lake tacked on the point after for a 14-0 advantage.
Following Lake’s ensuing kick-off, Cameron began at its 30 yard line but went three and out and had to again punt the ball.
Hunter Anderson took Santana’s 40-yard punt and returned it 50 yards but yet another Bulldogs’ misque, this time a block in the back, brought the football back the ‘Dogs 16.
Hunter Lipke sandwiched runs of 20 and 22 yards around a 20-yard pass completion to Buddy Hanestad that took the Bulldogs to the Cameron 22. Jordan Morse gained six yards on a first-down run ands Micah Johnson went for two yards on second down. A a motion penalty and an incompletion on third down left the Bulldogs at fourth and long. Anderson would connect with Bryce Boda on what appeared to be a touchdown pass but an illegal procedure against Boyceville nullified the score. On the fourth down replay, Anderson’s pass fell incomplete off the hands of Buddy Hanestad as Cameron took over on downs at its own 25.
The Comets tailed off quickly, gaining just three yards in three plays and had to punt the ball away again.
Taking the ball at its 33, Boyceville needed just two plays to reach the end zone for the third time. Micah Johnson picked up 19 yards on a counter. Jordan Morse then broke three tackles to make it into the clear and sailed for a 48-yard score at 3:09. Lake added the PAT and Boyceville grew its lead to 21-0.
Boyceville was not finished just yet as it would add another touchdown before the intermission.
Just one play into its possession Cameron quarterback Hunter Gillett was sacked and coughed up the ball which Gavin Olson pounced on at the seven yard line.
After Morse was stopped for no gain on the first-and-goal, Buddy Hanestad latched onto a nine-yard scoring pass from Hunter Anderson that upped the Bulldogs’ lead to 27-0 with 2:05 to play. A bobbled snap on the point after and fumble saw Lake pick up the ball and try to run it in. He almost made it but was stopped a yard short. Boyceville carried the 27-point lead into the halftime break.
Cameron took the second-half kick but fumbled twice (and recovered twice) for loses and then was hit for another loss on third down. A short punt gave Boyceville possession at mid-field.
It took all of six plays for the Bulldogs to cover that distance for their fifth touchdown. Morse opened the series with back-to-back runs of nine and 17 yards before Johnson and Hellmann carried for six and four yards respectively. Morse then finished off what he started but spinning away from a group of Comets defenders and dashing 14 yards to make it 33-0 at the 7:26 mark of the third. Lake added the extra point for a 34-0 push.
A short-lived Cameron possession ended with yet another punt. Thanks to a fine return by Micah Johnson, Boyceville began that drive on the Comets 32.
Three plays later, Hunter Lipke scored on a 13-yard run with 4:01 in the third. Lipke also had a 16-yard run to open the drive. Lake added his fifth extra point in the contest for a 41-0 lead for the home team. The score also initiated a running clock for the remainder of the which occurs when one team lead by 35 points or more in the second half.
Boyceville added its final touchdown in the fourth quarter. After starting at the Cameron 46 following the Comets seventh punt of the contest, the Bulldogs battered a weary Cameron defense with its ground attack. Olson and Lipke each ran three times for 19 and six yards respectively but it was Bryce Olson, who was now under center, that took the final run to pay dirt. Olson kept the ball on an end-around and scampered 26 yards for the Bulldogs final score with 7:12 left to play. Olson ran in the two-point conversion for the 49-0 final score.
Boyceville recovered a Cameron fumble in the closing seconds for a fitting end to the contest.
Leading a full back field of rushers was Hunter Lipke, who finished with 93 yards and a touchdown on ten carries. Jordan Morse added 81 yards and a score on nine attempts. Three players, Sam Hellmann, Gavin Olson and Bryce Boda each finished with 35 yards with Hellmann credited with a pair of TD runs and Boda with one. Micah Johnson tallied 26 yards on three attempts and Hunter Anderson ran four times for 17 yards. Anderson also hit five of his 11 throws for 79 yards with two score and a pick. Buddy Hanestad and Bryce Boda had a pair of receptions and a touchdown catch resulting in 29 and 23 yards respectively. Hellmann also snared a pass for 27 yards.
Cameron quarterback Hunter Gillett produced the Comets only positive yardage as he finished the game three-for-eight and 38 yards.
Boyceville will host its third consecutive home contest and conference opener this Friday when it welcomes Dunn-St. Croix newcomer Durand for the annual Homecoming contest. The Panthers lost 34-22 to Mondovi last week.