By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — The Glenwood City Hilltoppers stunned Elk Mound, winning 30-18 in the September 2 conference opener for both teams.
“They really brought it,” Mounder coach Dave Lew said of the Hilltoppers. “They wanted this game.”
Elk Mound’s game against the Glenwood City Hilltoppers started out a lot like the last home game the Mounders played as Hunter Adleman punched through a line of Hilltoppers to make a one-yard run that gave the Mounders the first score and an early 6-0 with 6:41 left in the first quarter. Adleman’s conversion attempt failed, leaving the score unchanged.
The Hilltoppers started a drive down the field toward the opposite end zone as time bled off the clock for the first quarter, ending on the Elk Mound five-yard line as time ran out.
On the first play of the second quarter, Jake O’Meara slipped past the Mounder defensive line to hit the end zone and put up six points for the Hilltoppers. Jake Logghe’s conversion run was good, and the score stood at 8-6 with only six seconds off the clock in the second.
Not to be outdone, it took the Mounders just twenty seconds to anwer with a score. Senior Noah Zurbuchen bolted 62 yards down the field to score Elk Mound’s second touchdown. Zurbuchen’s conversion run failed and Elk Mound had the lead once again at 12-8.
Glenwood City’s speed and field knowledge tested the Mounders’ defense for the rest of the half, as the Hilltoppers put up another 12 points, ending the half with the score at 24-12.
Lew said of the Mounder defense, “They were where they were supposed to be, they were setting up plays, they just weren’t able to follow through and finish.”
Ten minutes had run off the clock in the third quarter before the Hilltoppers were able to get around Elk Mound once more, with Jake Nelson finally finding a way around the Mounders for a 15-yard touchdown run at 2:02 on the clock. At the end of the third, the score was 30-12.
Elk Mound would finally bring a response in the fourth quarter after Adleman put together another one-yard run to strike gold for the Mounders. His conversion run failed, and the score became 30-18.
For the rest of the game, Elk Mound and the Hilltoppers would trade an interception apiece, but even with a fumble recovery, the Mounders were not able to score again.
As the last 30 seconds ticked off the clock, Glenwood City’s Jake Logghe knelt on all four downs, ending the game with the Hilltoppers taking their first conference opponent of the season.
At the end of the game, Lew said the team would be looking at what to do differently for the Mounders’ September 9 game in St. Croix Falls.
“I think we’ll be going back to basics,” he said. “We’ll look at what we did right and then expand on it.”
GLENWOOD CITY30, ELK MOUND 18
Glenwood City 0 24 6 0 — 30
Elk Mound 6 6 0 6 — 18
First Quarter: EM — Hunter Adleman 1 run (attempt failed), 6:41.
Second Quarter: GC — J. O’Meara 5 run (J. Logghe run), 11:54; EM — N. Zurbuchen 62 run (attempt failed), 11:34; GC — J. Kopacz 15 run (J. Nelson run), 7:19; GC — J. Nelson 85 run (C. Strong pass from J. Logghe), 1:26.
Third Quarter: GC — J. Nelson 15 run (attempt failed), 2:02.
Fourth Quarter: EM — H. Adleman 1 run (attempt failed), 8:23.
RUSHING (att-yds) — GC (41-379): J. Nelson 10-158, J. O’Meara 19-116, J. Kopacz 11-105; EM (41-239): N. Zurbuchen 11-111, H. Adleman 19-86, T. Sahm 9-32, D. Lew 1-9, W. Muzynski 1-1.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yds) —GC (1-3-1-4): J. Logghe 1-3-1-4; EM (14-23-1-114): D. Lew 10-19-1-110, D. Black 4-4-0-3.
RECEIVING (rec-yds) — GC (1-4): C. Strong 1-4; EM: B. Lambele 7-97, H. Johnson 1-8, C. Schrieber 2-8, H. Adleman 1-(-1).