By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — Elk Mound scored 13 points in the first and another 13 in the fourth of its September 23 home contest against Mondovi to bookend a game coach Dave Lew knew was going to be tough.
“They (Mondovi) had a bad taste in their mouth from last year,” the Mounder coach said. “I really believe in my heart that this was a huge game for us.”
Lew was referencing the Mounders’ come-from-behind win in the second half of the 2015 match-up against the Buffaloes, when Elk Mound scored 20 points in the second half including the winning touchdown that was made with just eight seconds left on the game clock.
This year, Elk Mound dominated the game offensively to shut out Mondovi in impressive fashion, 26-0.
The Mounders’ coach said Mondovi went to Elk Mound to play, and they did put up a fight, holding the Mounders to only 250 yards rushing. To Elk Mound’s credit, they held the Buffaloes to a meager 29 yards on the ground.
Mounders’ quarterback Dane Lew threw one interception in the game, while Mondovi’s Boe Olson suffered a pair of picks.
The night started on a concerning note, when referees noticed the scoreboard clock was malfunctioning after the first play of the game. After a 15-minute delay to reset the clock and procure stopwatches as backup timers, the Mounders and Buffaloes took the field again.
“Our kids were calm, they were having a great time,” Lew said of the impact of the delay. “I think it was very, very good for us.”
It wasn’t until the 5:25 mark of the first that the scoreless deadlock was broken. That was when Mounder Hunter Adleman punched through Mondovi’s hefty line to hit paydirt on a one-yard run. Dane Lew’s kick was good and Elk Mound was in front 7-0.
The team scored again with just ten seconds remaining in the opening quarter when Adleman again stepped into the end zone, this time from four yards out. The extra point kick was missed low and Elk Mound ended the quarter with a 13-0 lead.
To the Buffaloes’ credit, they managed to keep the Mounders out of the end zone for the rest of the first half and through the third quarter.
The Mounders started to threaten again in the closing moments of the third quarter and were only 1:35 into the fourth when they struck again.
This time, Tyler Sahm carried the ball in from two yards out to nab another six for Elk Mound. Lew had another good kick, and the score went to 20-0 with 10:25 left to play.
Mondovi started a march down the field, seeing some success for the first time in the game, when sophomore quarterback Brennan Christopherson aired one out that was intended for senior tight end Lucas Ganschow. It instead landed in the hands of Elk Mound senior Chandler Schreiber.
Elk Mound capitalized on the turnover a few minutes later when Tyler Sahm struck gold for a second time with a 15-yard run that put another six points on the Mounders’ side of the scoreboard. Lew’s kick was no good, leaving the score 26-0 with 5:44 to go in the game.
Mondovi never presented a substantial threat again in the game and Elk Mound’s last possession led to a series of kneel downs by Dane Lew to finish the game.
After the game, coach Lew said of Mondovi “Those are hard-nosed kids, and they deserve a lot of credit. That is a good football team.
Elk Mound, who had no passing yardage, was lead by senior Noah Zurbuchen’s 165-yard rushing performance. Hunter Adleman added 40 yards on three carries, two of which went for scores, Dane Lew had four hauls for 23 yards and Tyler Sahm scored touchdowns on both of his carries to finish with 18 yards.
The Mounders will travel to Boyceville to take on the Bulldogs September 30. Elk Mound will go into the match-up with a 4-2 record overall and 2-1 DSC record, while Boyceville has an overall record of 2-4 and is 0-3 in conference play after being beaten by rival Glenwood City 40-8 last Friday.
“We want to prepare for whatever Boyceville is going to throw at us,” Lew said.
“We’re getting to the point now that they (the players) call their own plays, they want to do the little things.
ELK MOUND 26, MONDOVI 0
Elk Mound………………..13 0 0 13 — 26
Mondovi…………………. 0 0 0 0 — 0
First Quarter: EM — H. Adleman 1 run (D. Lew kick), 5:25; H. Adleman 4 run (kick fail), :10.
Fourth Quarter: EM — T. Sahm 2 run (D. Lew kick), 10:25; T. Sahm 15 run (kick fail), 5:44.
Passing (att-comp-int-yds) — EM (1-0-1-0) — D. Lew 1-0-1-0; M — (12-3-2-26) — B. Olson 12-3-2-26.
Receiving (rec-yds) — M (2-17) — L. Ganschow 2-17.
Rushing (att-yds) — EM (34-250) — N. Zurbuchen 24-165, H. Adleman 3-40, D. Lew 4-23, T. Sahm 2-18, C. Schreiber 1-4; M — S. Van Roo 11-30.