By Cara L. Dempski
MONDOVI — The Colfax Vikings found themselves in the unusual position of having a better 2016 record overall than the Mondovi Buffaloes when they went into their September 30 contest at Mondovi.
After all, the Vikings did not win a game in 2015, while Mondovi’s 4-2 record tied them for second place in the DSC, a position they shared with Elk Mound and Durand.
Viking head coach Matt DeMoe named Mondovi as one of the top conference teams in his 2016 fall sports preview, yet his Colfax team went to Mondovi with a 1-5 record, and Mondovi was 0-6 on the season. Colfax left this year’s match-up with Mondovi with a 0-4 record in a battle of winless conference teams after a 56-16 loss last Friday.
“Mondovi is one of the best 0-6 teams around,” DeMoe said after the game. “They were big and physical, we couldn’t match them physically.”
The Vikings couldn’t seem to put a stop on the Buffaloes, who rushed for 387 yards in their victory. Mondovi also appeared to put up a substantial defense, holding Colfax to a season-best 128 rushing yards.
DeMoe expressed pleasure with the offensive effort put forth by the Vikings in the game. Brad Kamp was 6-12 passing to record 126 yards for the game.
“Offensively, this was our best performance of the year,” DeMoe stated. “Brett Schindler ran the ball really hard behind his pads, and Brad Kamp was confident with his reads and throws.”
The Buffaloes got on the board first with three scoring drives that left them with a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mondovi would go on to score two more times before the end of the half, making the score 36-0 as the Vikings stepped into halftime.
The Vikings put themselves on the board in the third with a 34-yard scoring run from quarterback Brad Kamp. The two-point conversion play was good, and the score stood at 36-8 with 7:08 left in the third.
Mondovi answered a few minutes later on a 10-yard run from senior running back Boe Olson. After a successful point-after kick, the Buffaloes were up 42-8.
But the game wasn’t over for Colfax. Quarterback Kamp connected with George Scharlau on a 61-yard pass play to grab another six. The conversion was again successful, and the Vikings went up to 42-16 with 6:54 left to play.
The Buffaloes had to have the last word, though. It took only 12 seconds for Olson to again strike gold in the end zone, and with a successful PAT, Mondovi moved to 49-16 with 6:42 left.
To add insult to injury, the Buffaloes recovered the ball after a fumbled catch on the kickoff and scored another six on a Marc Kluge run. After a successful PAT, the score became 56-16 with 6:39 to go.
Overall, DeMoe said he and his staff were proud of the effort put up by the Viking football team in Mondovi.
The Vikings return to Colfax for their 2016 homecoming match-up against the Boyceville Bulldogs on October 7. They will then travel to Durand for their final regular-season contest on October 14.
MONDOVI 56, COLFAX 16
Mondovi……………….20 16 6 14 — 56
Colfax……………………0 0 8 8 — 16
First Quarter: M — B. Olson 9 run (kick fail), 8:52; M — B. Olson 32 run (kick fail), 6:59; S. Van Roo 3 run (conversion good), 2:25.
Second Quarter: M — B. Olson run (conversion good), 4:48; M — B. Christopherson run (conversion good), :025.
Third Quarter: C — B. Kamp 34 run (conversion good), 7:08; M — B. Olson 10 run (kick fail), 3:03.
Fourth Quarter: C — G. Scharlau 61 pass from B. Kamp (conversion good), 6:54; M — B. Olson 15 run (kick good), 6:42; M — M. Kluge kickoff return (kick good), 6:39.
Passing (att-comp-int-yds) — C (12-6-2-128) — B. Kamp 12-6-2-128; M —
Receiving (comp-yds) — C (6-128) — G. Scharlau 2-73, T. Snyder 2-26, A.Pretasky 1-14, M. Kiekhafer 1-13; M —
Rushing (att-yds) — C (28-128) — B. Kamp 11-76, B. Schindler 12-42, T. Anderson 4-7, D. Schotter 1-3; M (51-387) — B. Olson 20-205, S. Van Roo 17-168, C. Johnson 4-16, C. Brenner 3-15, L. Uschan 1-4, C. Bee 1-2, B. Christopherson 2-(-13), I. Maro 3-(-3).