By Cara L. Dempski
FLAMBEAU — Boyceville’s Bulldogs held the Flambeau Falcons scoreless until the fourth quarter in the September 2 matchup between the two teams.
The Bulldogs won the game 22-16 even though the Falcons eclipsed them 151 rushing yards to 146.
“Our offensive line did a great job of opening up holes and our backs hit them hard,” coach Brian Roemhild said.
The Falcons opened the game with a three-and-out that started on their own 34-yard line and ended on their 26-yard line after a holding penalty, an offside penalty and an incomplete pass forced a punt for the 4th and 18 play.
The Bulldogs downed the punt at their own 46th and used two downs to push forward 21 yards on runs by Gavin Olson and Hunter Lipke. Olson and Lipke comprised the rest of the drive to the end zone, with Lipke running three yards to give Boyceville the first touchdown of the game at 4:54 left in the first.
Micadin Kahl completed another three-yard run for the conversion to put the Bulldogs up 8-0.
The Bulldogs and Falcons would continue to trade downs as the clock wound down on the first quarter. Falcon quarterback Ethan Martin was sacked at his own 17-yard line for a four-yard loss to end the first.
Martin redeemed himself to open the second quarter at two and 14 by handing the ball to back Black Best, who charged 10 yards up the field to set up a third down with four yards to go. Martin dropped back and threw for an incomplete pass to Best, which would have taken the team to the 39-yard line.
Instead, Falcon Tyler Smith punted on the fourth down and Boyceville’s Bryce Boda ran the ball back to the Falcons’ 48-yard line. After a series of one-play first downs, Boda was sacked at the 39-yard line on a third-down play, setting up Kahl’s punt on the fourth down with 8:55 left in the quarter.
The Bulldogs would score their second touchdown with 2:42 left in the half on a seven-yard run from Olson. Kahl then rushed across the goal line on a three-yard run to make the score 16-0 as time drained from the clock.
Roemhild said of the team, “We came out and played a very solid first quarter with a lot of intensity and energy.”
Boyceville opened the second half with a series of plays that culminated in a false start penalty on the third down. Boda attempted a pass to Olson at third and fifteen. The Bulldogs were forced to punt on fourth down but Kahl fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Falcons on the 42-yard line.
The Falcons were not able to produce more than a fresh set of downs during the possession before Martin fumbled the ball at the 23 and it was recovered by Boyceville’s Olson.
The Bulldogs and Falcons would continue to trade possessions the remainder of the third quarter and the clock ticked down to the end with Flambeau at their own 29-yard line.
It took only three minutes in the fourth for the Falcons to score when Best completed a 41-yard sprint to the end zone. Flambeau’s Krishon Williams dove across the goal line to earn the conversion, and the score became 16-8.
Boyceville would take another seven minutes to complete a scoring drive that ended with Boda going 12 yards on a quarterback keep to take the Bulldogs to 22-8. Boda handed the ball off to Kahl, who attempted to hit a receiver in the end zone but was intercepted for a touchback at 1:58.
On the first play of their next possession, Flambeau’s Best caught the ball and handed it off to Martin at the Falcon 15-yard line. Martin raced down the field to score the team’s second touchdown with 1:57 on the clock for the quarter. Williams’ conversion run was good, making the score 22-16.
The teams would again trade possessions until the end of the game.
Roemhild said the penalties in the second half cost the team in the second half, and Martin’s kickoff return for Flambeau really tightened up the score.
“We have to continue to improve on defense and special teams,” he said. “Next week we face a very tough and physical Durand team.”
The Bulldogs will go to Durand to play their September 9 game before returning to Boyceville on September 16 for their homecoming game.
BOYCEVILLE 22, FLAMBEAU 16
Boyceville……………….8 8 0 6 — 22
Flambeau………………..0 0 0 16 — 16
First Quarter: BV — H. Lipke 3 run (Kahl run), 4:54
Second Quarter: BV — G. Olson 7 run (Kahl run), 2:42.
Fourth Quarter: F — B. Best 41 run (K. Williams run), 8:47; BV —B. Boda 12 run (run fail), 1:58; F — E. Martin 65 run (K. Williams run), 1:57.
Individual Statistics: RUSHING (att-yds) — BV (43-146) —G. Olson 14-80, H. Lipke 17-55, B. Boda 2-18, M. Kahl 5-5; F (25-151) — K. Williams 14-69, B. Best 4-64, T. Smith 3-10, E. Martin 4-8.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yds) — BV (4-13-1-20) — B. Boda 4-12-0-32, M. Kahl 0-1-1-0; F (2-14-0-6) — E. Martin 2-14-0-6.
RECEIVING (rec-yds) — BV (12-32) — G. Olson 3-17, K. Marlett 2-10, C. Boesl 1-5, M. Kahl 5-0; F — B. Best 3-6.