By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — In their second contest of the season, the Boyceville Bulldogs fell to the Clear Lake Warriors at the Warriors’ home field on August 26.
The Bulldogs were held to just 28 yards passing and 112 rushing in the 40-0 loss to Clear Lake. In contrast, the Warriors offense put together 82 passing yards and rushed for 259 yards.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes in the game, and we still have a lot of inexperienced guys playing new positions,” coach Brian Roemhild said of the team.
Bulldog receiver Micadin Kahl put up 23 yards for the team and was followed closely by teammate Gavin Olson, who picked up 18 yards. The leading rusher for Boyceville was Hunter Lipke, who recorded a total 79 yards rushing on the night.
The Warriors put up six points in the first quarter before tacking on another 14 in the second to make it 20-0 at the half. The team continued to roll in the second half, grabbing the final 20 points without allowing Boyceville a score.
Clear Lake’s Noah Wieczorek intercepted Bulldog quarterback Bryce Boda, resulting in one of the team’s six touchdowns. He also nabbed two Boyceville fumbles.
He was joined by fellow Warrior Joe Espeth, who carried the weight of the scoring for the team, racking up 173 yards over 22 carries to score three times.
Warrior receivers Christian Briesemeister, Marshall Cain and Josh Levra accounted for all the team’s receiving yardage with five receptions between them.
For the Bulldogs, Boda completed three of seven passes, hitting his mark with Kahl once and Olson twice. This was countered by being sacked twice.
Roemhild said of the offense, “Turnovers cost us early in the game and we never got any momentum going. We were able to put together a few good drives but could not finish them.”
Boyceville’s defense did see some productive moments, such as sacking Warrior quarterback Calvin Rosen twice for losses totaling five yards, but seemed unable to stop Clear Lake’s offense.
The Bulldogs go next to Flambeau to play the Falcons on September 2. They open conference play on September 9 in Durand.
CLEAR LAKE 40, BOYCEVILLE 0
Clear Lake 6 14 13 7 — 40
Boyceville 0 0 0 0 — 40
First Quarter: CL — J. Espeth run 8 (kick fail).
Second Quarter: CL — N. Wieczorek run 1 (conversion good), J. Espeth run 6 (conversion fail).
Third Quarter: CL —J. Espeth run 1 (kick good), C. Briesemeister pass 33 (kick fail).
Fourth Quarter: CL — N. Wieczorek run 44 (kick good).
Rushing (att-yds) — BV — 41-112; CL — 36-259.
Passing (comp-att-yds) — BV — 3-7-28; CL — 5-7-92.
Receiving (att-rec-yds) — BV — 7-3-41; CL — 36-260-258.
Passing (comp-att-int-yds) — BV — B. Boda 3-7-0-28; CL — C. Rosen 5-7-1-87.
Rushing (att-yds) — BV — H. Lipke 15-79, M. Kahl 4-16, T. Dicks 3-14, G. Olson 14-2, B. Boda 5-1; CL — J. Espeth 22-173, N. Wieczorek 7-60, C. Rosen 5-19, N. Sempf 2-7.
Receiving (att-rec-yds) — BV — M. Kahl 4-1-23, G. Olson 2-2-18; CL — C. Briesemeister 2-2-45, M. Cain 3-2-40, J. Levra 1-1-7.