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Mounders clip Falcons’ wings

ELK MOUND — Finishing up their non-conference schedule, the Elk Mound football team raised their record to 4-0 with a 41-0 trouncing of the Flambeau Falcons at home Sept. 11. Holding a 1-0 conference record, the rest of the Mounders’ games will all be within the conference, starting with a home game against Colfax this Friday night.

As he has done so often this season, Noah Zurbuchen found the endzone on three different occasions in this contest, starting with an eight yard TD run and his two point conversion run with 4:55 showing on the clock in the first quarter. He added his second touchdown with just 36 seconds left from a yard out but the conversion was stopped and the Mounders led 14-0 at the end of one quarter.

After a defensive battle through most of the second stanza, Mounder quarterback Dane Lew connected with Ben Mack for a three yard scoring pass with just 14 seconds left in the half and a Lew kick made it 21-0 at the intermission.

Midway through the third quarter, Zurbuchen reached paydirt again on a 15 yard run and another Lew kick brought the score to 28-0 heading into the fourth. With 4:26 left in the game, Chase Morris scored his first varsity touchdown on a five yard run and the kick made it 35-0. Elk Mound ended the scoring on Chris Lee’s first career TD run from five yards out to put the exclamation point on the game.

Elk Mound racked up 404 total yards in the game with Zurbuchen rushing for 218 yards on 32 carries, and Mack went over the 100 yard mark with 106 yards on just four carries. Lew completed 4 of 8 passes for 35 yards with Cole Tyman catching a pair for 22 yards.

Defensively, Hunter Burlington recovered a fumble on the one yard line to prevent a Falcon score and Jordan Vanschoonhovan also recovered a Flambeau fumble which led to Morris’ touchdown. Colin Svee picked off a pass on the Falcon’s first drive to set up Zurbuchen’s second trip to the endzone.

“Our boys executed well tonight,” coach Dave Lew said. “We still need to limit mistakes on offense such as drawing penalties that put us in first and 15 or second and long situations. We need to get our defense ready for a potentially high powered Colfax offense this week. All conference games are huge from here on out.”