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Toppers and turnovers too much for Vikings

GLENWOOD CITY — The Hilltoppers’ speed and turnovers proved to be a lethal combination for the Colfax football team in last Friday’s conference contest in Glenwood City.

That quickness was evident especially on the defensive side of the ball as Glenwood City picked off three Treyton Teige passes and returned them for touchdowns and recovered a pair of Vikings’ fumbles, one of which lead to another touchdown, as Glenwood City celebrated its Parents’ Night with a 52-12 triumph over winless Colfax September 9.

The Vikings found themselves in a deep hole early when the Hilltoppers score four times in the first 12 minutes of play. Glenwood City had a pair of interception returns for scores, a partially blocked punt and good return that set up another touchdown and a long run to pay dirt that had the Hilltoppers ahead 30-6 after just one quarter of play.

“Glenwood was very fast that is for sure,” stated first-year Colfax head coach Matt DeMoe.

“We had some time in the pocket to throw the ball, which was a change for us. Normally, we have been rushed to make a decision but Glenwood was great in space and took three pick sixes from us.”

The Hilltoppers tacked on three more scores – one in each of the remaining three quarters – off their third interception, a fumble and a long, time-consuming drive.

Junior duo Treyton Teige and Adam Pretasky collaborated for both of Colfax’ touchdowns. The first came late in the opening quarter when Teige connected with Pretasky on a nice 24-yard throw and catch. The pair reconnected on the final play of the game as Teige throw a arching pass over the outstretched arms of a Hilltoppers’ defender and into the waiting arms of Pretasky as time expired.

Ironically, it was Colfax most productive offensive game this season as they collected 189 yards including 129 on the ground on 40 carries. Brett Schindler and Brad Kamp shoulder much of the load. Schindler ran the ball 21 times for 94 yards while Kamp registered 53 on a baker’s dozen.

“Offensively, we moved the ball better than we have all year between the tackles,” said DeMoe. “Which is a positive, now at this point we have to put together drives ending in scores.”

Glenwood City, which finished with about 100 yards more offense than Colfax, showed its speed on the interception returns and quick scoring drives.

Colfax, who took the game’s opening kick, fumbled on the first offensive play and Glenwood City recovered. The Vikings got the ball right back when Brad Kamp forced a fumble and recovered it on the Hilltoppers first play.

But three plays later, on a third and seven, Glenwood City junior Jacob Kopacz stepped in front of a Treyton Teige pass, picked it off and returned it 28 yards for the game’s opening score at 10:30. The Toppers missed the conversion run but lead 6-0.

Less than two minutes later, Glenwood was back in the end zone after Teige was intercepted for a second time. This one was snared by Marcus Ullom who returned it 41 yards for the Toppers’ score.

Colfax was forced to punt after only three plays on its ensuing possession and Teige under a heavy rush had his punt partially blocked and the Toppers’ Riley Schutz picked up the pig skin and ran it back to the Colfax eight.

Two plays later Jacob O’Meara crashed in from the one and Ethan Kahler added the conversion run to make it 22-0.

Trailing by three scores, the Vikings put together its best drive of the evening – a 10-play, 63 yard scoring drive culminating in Teige’s 24-yard strike to Pretasky at 1:07 of the first. Brett Schindler ran the ball on the first five plays and seven in all netting 35 yards including a 23 yard gainer on a crucial fourth and two play.

But the Toppers added three more scores before Teige and Pretasky reunited for the Vikings final score.

Ethan Kahler, who led all rushers with 135 yards, capped a two-play Toppers’ drive with a 59 yard run that made it 30-6 after one in GC’s favor following Kahler’s conversion run.

Jacob O’Meara capped a three-play Hilltopper drive in the second with a 17-yard touchdown run at 7:47 after he had recovered a Colfax fumble at midfield. The Toppers’ only pass completion of the game – a 39-yard toss from Jake Logghe to Marcus Ullom, set up the score.

Glenwood City made it 46-6 in the third when Teige was picked off for the third time. Ethan Kahler did the honors this time, returning it 41 yards for the touchdown. O’Meara added the run at 8:39.

The home standing Hilltoppers, however, weren’t finished.

Taking control following a Colfax punt at 4:20 of the third, Glenwood City embarked on a 17-play drive that consumed ten minutes and 13 seconds and ended with Dakota Dean-Immerman scoring on a one-yard run with 5:47 remaining in the game. Back-up quarterback Peter Hill took a knee on the conversion try and the Toppers holding a commanding 52-6 lead.

With a running clock in place, the Vikings moved 60 yards in eight plays and overcame a pair of holding calls as Teige hit Pretasky for Colfax’ second and final score, a 20-yard pass play, as the game clock expired.

The Vikings, now 0-4, will return home this Friday to host rival Elk Mound.

Glenwood City 52, Colfax 12
Glenwood City        30    8     8    6 — 52
Colfax                          6      0     0    6 — 12

First Quarter: GC — Jacob Kopacz 28-yd. interception return (run failed), 10:30; GC — Marcus Ullom 41-yd. interception return (Jake Logghe run), 8:49; GC — Jacob O’Meara 1-yd. run (Ethan Kahler run), 6:30; COL — Adam Pretasky 24-yd. pass from Treyton Teige (pass failed), 1:07; GC — Ethan Kahler 59-yd. run (Kahler run), 0:00.

Second Quarter: GC — Jacob O’Meara 17-yd. run (Jacob Kopacz run), 7:47.

Third Quarter: GC — Ethan Kahler 41-yd. interception return (Jacob O’Meara run), 8:39.

Fourth Quarter: GC — Dakota Dean-Immerman 1-yd. run (Peter Hill took knee), 5:47; COL — Adam Pretasky 20-yd. pass from Treyton Teige (no conversion tried), 0:00.

Individual Statistics:

Passing (comp-att-yds) — GC (1-5-39) — Jacob Logghe 1-5-39, INT.; COL (5-9-60) — Treyton Teige 5-9-60, 2 TDs, 3 INTs.

Rushing (att-yds) — GC (32-246) — Ethan Kahler 10-135, TD; Jacob Kopacz 4-38; Dakota Dean-Immerman 10-35, TD; Jacob O’Meara 5-35, 2 TDs; Peter Hill 1-3. COL (40-129) — Brett Schindler 21-94; Brad Kamp 13-53; Treyton Teige 6-(-18).

Receiving (rec-yds) — GC (1-39) — Marcus Ullom 1-39; COL (5-60) — Adam Pretasky 2-44, 2 TDs; Tyler Snyder 2-10; George Scharlau 1-6.