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Bulldogs clipped by Cardinals

SPRING  VALLEY — The Boyceville football team lost their second consecutive conference game of the season as the Spring Valley Cardinals racked up over 200 yards on the ground to help them take a 40-14 win over the Bulldogs Sept. 18 in Spring Valley.

Micah Johnson started the game by taking the opening kickoff back 11 yards for the Bulldogs to their own 35. With runs from Jordan Morse, Sam Hellmann and Johnson, the Bulldogs moved the ball to the Cardinal 46 but quarterback Hunter Anderson was sacked for a six yard loss and on third and 15, a running play netted just a yard and Boyceville punted. Spring Valley took over at their own 20 and methodically moved the ball down field on running plays by Jacob Reilly, Jed Schlegel and Logan Newton and on their 14th play, Schlegel scored from six yards out and an extra point kick from Devin Larson made it 7-0 near the end of the first quarter.

Boyceville ran three plays but couldn’t pick up a first down against the tight Cardinal defense, and on fourth down the ball was fumbled for a loss and Spring Valley took over at the Bulldogs 34, but the Bulldog defense held and forced a punt by the Cardinals. After three running plays resulted in a fourth and one for Boyceville, Johnson was stuffed for no gain and the ball went back to the Cardinals, who were stopped again by the Bulldog defense. But on third and seven from their own 30, a Bulldog fumble ended up in a Cardinal player’s hands and on a third and 16, Cardinal quarterback Sean Borgerding connected with Reilly for a 23 yard touchdown pass. The kick was missed but it was 13-0 in Spring Valley’s favor.

After Johnson took the kickoff back 15 yards to the Bulldog 35, a little trickery came into play as Anderson passed to Buddy Hanestad who lateraled to Morse for a 12 yard gain and a first down. After an incomplete pass, Boyceville coughed up the ball again and in the blink of an eye, Schlegel picked it up and took it to the end zone for a 19-0 lead. Boyceville picked up a first down on an Anderson to Bryce Boda pass completion for 12 yards on their next possession, but the half ended with the Cardinals up 19-0

The Cardinals took the second half kickoff and drove from their own 25 to the promised land in six plays, ending with Larson scoring from 22 yards out. The two point run by Reilly upped the Cardinal lead to 27-0. On the Bulldogs first possession of the second half, Morse and Hunter Lipke took turns running but along with an incomplete pass, the Bulldogs had to punt. The Cardinals took advantage of another short field and Schlegal took it to the house from 23 yards away. He was stuffed on the two point conversion which left the Bulldogs down 33-0.

Boyceville took the goose egg off their side of the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when they started at their own 35 and Morse ripped off a 21 yard run, Lipke ran for six, Johnson zipped for eight more and a first down, Morse added another long gainer for 18 yards and Johnson finally hit paydirt from five yards out. Morse ran in for the two point play to make it 33-8. Boyceville finally got a break as the Cardinals fumbled the ball two plays later and Luke Knudtson recovered it at the five yard line. On first and goal, Gavin Olson took it in from there but the two point conversion was stopped and it was 33-14. The Cardinals scored their final points when backup quarterback Craigen Anderson broke loose for a 79 yard run and the extra point kick was good.

On their final possession, freshman Ty Dicks had a chance to carry the ball and he picked up a pair of first downs with a 10 yard gain and a four yard run, but the clock ran out after a fourth down play was not converted.

“We made too many mistakes to be competitive against a good team like Spring Valley,” coach Brian Roemhild said. “That comes down to our game plan and prep work. We are going back to the basics at practice this week with a lot of drill work and team discipline. Spring Valley is very talented and are well coached and I expect them to  do well in the playoffs.”

Morse led the Boyceville ground game, gaining 78 yards on 14 carries. Boda added 32 yards on five attempts and Johnson collected 27 yards on seven runs. Anderson was 3 for 5 passing for 28 yards with one reception each by Boda, Hanestad and Johnson. The Cardinals totaled 244 rushing yards with eight different players running the ball, led by Anderson’s 79 yards on his one carry and Reilly’s 77 yards on 18 attempts.

Boyceville will return home with their 3-2 record to host Glenwood City this Friday night. The Hilltoppers are coming off a tough loss to Mondovi last week and are also 3-2 with a pair of conference losses.