By Cara L. Dempski
DURAND — The Colfax Vikings may only have won a single football game this season, but they scored more points in the October 14 regular season finally against newly crowned conference champion Durand than they have against any other opponent this season.
The only problem was that the Panthers also scored more points than any of the Vikings’ previous eight opponents.
After surrendering 40 or more points in six of its 2016 contests, visiting Colfax allowed Durand to put 63 points on the scoreboard before the Vikings finally found the end zone as time expired in the first half.
Colfax added a touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters but the outcome had long been determined as Durand had 365 yards rushing and ten touchdowns enroute to a 69-20 victory over the Vikings at Wauner Field last Friday.
Junior Josh Biesterveld returned a pair of first-quarter punts for touchdowns and finished with 132 yards rushing on four carries, two of which went for six, to lead Durand to an unbeaten 6-0 record in the Dunn-St. Croix and an 8-1 overall mark.
While the Panthers are headed into the WIAA Division 5 football playoffs as a number two seed, Colfax will put away the pads until next August after going winless (0-6) in conference play for a second straight season and 1-8 overall.
“Durand was the best team we faced all year, and it showed in the first quarter,” coach Matt DeMoe said. “Our goal this week was to score the most points in a game this year.”
DeMoe’s team exceeded that goal with their 20 points, having previously scored only 16 against the Mondovi Buffaloes on September 30.
The Vikings rushed for only 39 yards, but threw for 227. Colfax senior Brad Kamp accounted for 203 passing yards in the game.
The Panthers scored ten times in the game, with six touchdowns and 421 points coming in the first quarter alone.
It took a while for the Viking offense to get going, but Kamp struck receiver Tyler Snyder with a 65-yard pass play to put Colfax’ first six on the board as the first-half clock registered triple zeroes. Snyder also reeled in a pass for the two-point conversion as the half ended with a score of 63-8.
DeMoe said the Vikings made some great defensive plays when they worked as a team and played as a cohesive unit. The Colfax squad held the Panthers scoreless in the third and scored another touchdown on a quarterback keep.
Kamp dove over a pack of Panthers from one yard out with 4:00 left on the clock in the third. The subsequent two-point attempt was no good, and the score remained 63-14 until 8:52 in the fourth.
Then, Durand made it into the end zone one more time in the game, scoring another six to make the score 69-14.
The Vikings weren’t done, though, as freshman Mitch Harmon pushed past Durand to cross the plane of the goal for Colfax’ final touchdown of the game and season. The following two-point try was unsuccessful, but the Vikings moved to 69-20 with four minutes left in the game, and held the Panthers scoreless the rest of the way.
DeMoe seemed pleased with how his team played against the Panthers. He also stated the team will be working hard to set some goals and standards for the offseason to help the team improve and build a successful program.
“The Colfax kids fought hard,” DeMoe said of the game on October 14. “We were positive throughout the game.”
DURAND 69, COLFAX 20
Durand…………………42 21 0 6 — 69
Colfax……………………0 8 12 0 — 20
D — A. Glaus 30 run (conversion good), 11:13; D — J. Biesterveld 73 run (conversion fail), 9:25; D — J. Biesterveld 18 punt return (kick good), 7:47; D — K. Kurth 37 run (kick good), 4:45; K. Kurth run (kick good), 3:39; J. Biesterveld punt return (kick good), :44.
D — W. Berger 20 run (kick good), 11:54; D — J. Biesterveld run (kick good), 11:44; C. Boardman 2 run (kick good), :10; C — T. Snyder 65 pass from B. Kamp (T. Snyder run), :00.
C — B. Kamp 1 run (conversion fail), 4:00.
D — Uncredited 2 run (kick fail), 8:52; C — M. Harmon 2 run (conversion fail), 4:00.
Rushing (att-yds) — C (18-39) — B. Kamp 8-29, T. Anderson 9-6, M. Harmon 1-4; D (28-365) — J. Biesterveld 4-131, K. Kurth 3-69, C. Boardman 6-62, A. Glaus 2-32, Unk. 5-22, W. Berger 1-20, D. Paje 2-17, C. Schlosser 1-6, T. Tulip 1-4, B. Ingli 3-0.
Passing (comp-att-int-yds) — C (15-25-0-227) — B. Kamp 13-22-0-203, N. Albricht 2-3-0-24.
Receiving (comp-yards) — C (15-227) — T. Snyder 4-118, J. Charlesworth 5-58, M. Kiekhafer 3-27, D. Schotter 2-14, A. Pretasky 1-10.