By Cara L. Dempski
ELK MOUND — Osseo-Fairchild’s team name may be the Thunder, but the only noise heard at Elk Mound last Friday night was the thunderous applause of the home team’s fans.
The Mounders welcomed the Thunder to their home field September 8 for a non-conference contest before both teams got back to their respective conference grinds.
[emember_protected] Elk Mound sent the opposing team back to Osseo last Friday on the downside of a 53-0 whitewash that Mounders’ coach Dave Lew said was a great indicator of his team’s focus.
“I thought our young men played with heart and poise last night,” Lew said. “They continue to take one step at a time, week by week.”
Elk Mound’s desire to take one game at a time is showing results, since the team picked up its first conference win over Glenwood City September 1, and will likely dominate Colfax on both sides of the ball in the upcoming rivalry game scheduled for September 15 at Elk Mound.
The Mounders took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter on touchdown runs of six and 29 yards by Brady Redwine and Will Muszynski respectively while Gaelen Young tacked on a pair of PAT kicks.
Elk Mound tacked up another 19 points in the second quarter to take a 33-0 lead into the halftime break. Quarterback Dylan Black tossed a 13-yard scoring pas to Andrew Benson. Redwine then added scoring runs of 32 and 19 yards. Young added a point-after-touchdown kick following the Mounders’ third score of the quarter.
The home team added 14 more points to its side of the scoreboard in the third quarter to hold a comfortable, 47-0 lead heading into the final 12 minutes. Redwine ran 66 yards for his fourth rushing touchdown of the game to open the second half scoring for the Mounders. Rian Flynn then interception O-F quarterback Jackson Johnson and returned it 80 yards for the score. Young’s kick was good and the Mounder took a 47-0 lea into the final 12 minutes of play.
The Mounders wrapped up the game in the fourth with one last touchdown on a Ethan Kannta one-yard plunge. Young’s kick went wide of the uprights to make the final score read 53-0. The win leveled the Mounders’ season record at .500.
Elk Mound kept its game to the ground against Osseo-Fairchild, logging 378 yards over land to the Thunders’ 49 yards. Redwine’s four-touchdown, 251 yard performance led the way for Elk Mound. Muszynski and Kaanta each tallied score and finished with 56 and 42 yards respectively.
Senior quarterback Dylan Black had a pair of completions for 38 total yards, hitting Ben Lambele for a 25-yard toss, and Andrew Benson with the 13-yard touchdown throw.
Osseo-Fairchild finished with just 119 total yards with 70 coming via quarterback Jackson Johnson’s three completions.
Lew credits his defense with limiting Osseo-Fairchild’s scoring opportunities, and said the offensive line held the Thunder in check very well.
OSSEO-FAIRCHILD 0, ELK MOUND 53
Osseo-Fairchild……….…0 0 0 0 — 0
Elk Mound………………14 19 14 6 — 53
EM — B. Redwine 6-yd. run (G. Young kick), 6:32; EM — W. Muzynski 29-yd. run (G. Young kick), 1:13.
EM — A. Benson 13-yd. pass from D. Black (kick failed) , 4:51; EM — B. Redwine 32-yd. run (run failed) , 4:29; EM — B. Redwine 19-yd. run (G. Young kick), 2:47.
EM — B. Redwine 66-yd. run (G. Young kick), 10:32; EM — R. Flynn 80-yd. interception (G. Young kick), 6:32.
EM — E. Kaanta 1-yd. run (kick fail), 9:25.
Rushing (att-yds): OF (20-49) — B. Kostka 5-49; EM (47-378) — B. Redwine 26-251, W. Muzynski 4-56, E. Kaanta 12-42, B. Lambele 5-29.
Passing (comp-att-yds-int): OF (3-10-70-2) — J. Johnson 3-10-70-2; EM (2-5-38-0) — D. Black 2-5-38-0.
Receiving (rec-yds): OF (2-35) — K. Chumas 2-35; EM (2-28) — B. Lambele 1-25, A. Benson 1-13. [/emember_protected]