Bulldog gridiron gang falls prey to Panthers in D-SC home opener

By Cara L. Dempski

BOYCEVILLE — There was a new face calling the offensive plays on the field last Friday night in Boyceville.

Rookie head coach Jordan Anderson shuffled two players to different positions for the Bulldogs’ September 8 home contest against Durand to open their Dunn-St. Croix season. Senior Jayson Gonzales was the one under center calling the plays, while Bryce Boda, who started this season’s first three games at quarterback, stepped to the outside as a wide receiver.

[emember_protected] Anderson had a specific purpose for the change.

“The decision to put Jayson in at quarterback was to see if we could get some sustained drives going throughout the course of the game,” the Bulldog coach explained. “We took the opening drive and drove deep into Durand territory. We just couldn’t punch it in.”

Which more or less summarizes Boyceville’s game. They put together some good drives, but could not close the circle and score. The team was credited with five turnovers – all interception – on the night.

The Bulldogs’ took a 59-8 hit to open their D-SC season against the defending conference champion Panthers. Boyceville fell to  1-3 overall with the loss and are 0-1 in conference.

Anderson’s goal for Boyceville going forward is to finish drives and come away with points in games.

The Bulldogs’ managed to hold Durand off until late in the first quarter when Panther quarterback Tyler Tulip handed the ball to Ceejay Schlosser, who ran the ball in from the 16 to open the floodgates on Durand’s scoring opportunities.

Josh Biesterveld punched the two-point attempt into the end zone to give the Panthers an 8-0 lead with only :43 to play in the first quarter.

The Panthers scored again just 30 seconds later on an eight-yard run from Biesterveld coupled with a conversion run from Schlosser to make the score 16-0 with only :10 left in the quarter.

Boyceville nabbed a pair of first downs after Gonzales threw for an 18-yard completion to Bryce Boda and then earned a second off an offsides penalty called on Durand. The Bulldogs’ were at fourth and one on the following set of downs when Gonzales’ pass to Cooper Boesl fell incomplete for Durand to take over on downs.

Tulip ran the ball into the end zone two plays later to put up another six. Biesterveld took the handoff for the PAT and punctured the line to make the score 24-0 with 11:16 to go in the half.

Biesterveld hit pay dirt again with a three-yard carry for the TD, and the PAT with the clock at 8:25 to give the Panthers a 32-0 lead.

Gonzales again had a deep drive going, and was fourth and goal with 5:29 to play in the half when he was sacked for an eight-yard loss, giving Durand the ball at their own 18-yard line. Schlosser scored on a five-yard run to make the score 38-0, but kicker Greg Boigenzahn missed his kick to leave the Panthers with a comfortable lead and 3:03 left to play before halftime.

The Bulldogs were again closing in on the goal line at the 2:40 mark in the first half when Gonzales dropped back to pass the ball, and hit Panther Lucas Pelke with the reception instead one of his own receivers.

The interception turned into another seven points for Durand, after Biesterveld scored another TD and Tulip’s kick was good to make the score 45-0 with 2:03 left in the half.

Things did not improve in the opening minute of the third quarter. An interception on the second play of the half led to a Panther touchdown after Dustin Paje sprinted 37 yards for the score. Tulip’s kick was blocked, the board moved to 51-0 with 11:06 still to play in the third.

Boyceville kept the Panthers relatively contained for the remainder of the third, but that did not stop Durand from scoring one more time at the 3:45 mark. Pelke completed a 43-yard run for the touchdown, and then punched through the line on a two-point conversion attempt to leave the scoreboard reading 59-0 as the final minutes ticked off the clock in the third.

The Bulldogs finally got on the board in the fourth after Gonzales connected with Boda for a 16-yard pass play that gave the home team six with 6:10 left in the game. Gonzales lobbed a short pass to Copper Boesl for the PAT to leave the scoreboard reading 59-8 for the final minutes of the game.

Ty Gundlach led the team rushing with 25 yards, while Boda was the Bulldogs’ top receiver after nabbing seven receptions for 127 yards. Gonzales completed 18 of 38 pass attempts for 226 yards total but was intercepted four times.

Boyceville hits the road to Spring Valley this Friday, September 15 before hosting Glenwood City September 22 for its 2017 Homecoming game.

Durand……………………16  29  14  0 — 59
Boyceville…………………0    0    0   8 —   8

First quarter
D — C. Schlosser 18-yd. run (J. Biesterveld run), :43; D — J. Biesterveld 5-yd. run (C. Schlosser run), :10.

Second quarter
D — T. Tulip 61-yd. run (J. Biesterveld run), 11:16; D — J. Biesterveld 3-yd. run (J. Biesterveld run), 8:25; D — C. Schlosser 5-yd. run (G. Boigenzahn kick fails), 3:03; D — J. Biesterveld 47-yd. run (T. Tulip run), 2:03.

Third quarter
D — D. Edman-Paje 37-yd. run (T. Tulip run fails), 11:06; D — L. Pelke 43-yd. run (L. Pelke run), 3:45.

Fourth quarter
B — B. Boda 16-yd. pass from J. Gonzales (C. Boesl pass from J. Gonzales), 6:10.

Individual Statistics

Passing (comp-att-yds-int): D (1-5-36-0) — T. Tulip 1-5-36-0; B (18-39-227-5) — J. Gonzales 18-38-227-4, C. Sempf 0-1-0-1.

Receiving (rec-yds): D (1-36) — Joe Biesterveld 1-36; B (18-227) — B. Boda 12-128, C. Boesl 7-52, B. Sempf 2-29, Unk. 2-13, T. Hollister 1-5.

Rushing (att-yds): D (45-588) — C. Schlosser 10-118, Jos. Biesterveld 10-116, L. Pelke 5-75, T. Tulip 2-61, D. Edman Paje 3-63, B. Ingli 3-19, S. Sabelko 5-16, D. Hartung 3-15, Unk 104, Joe Biesterveld 1-1; B (10-29) — T. Gundlach 5-21, J. Gonzales 1-12, B. Boda 2-6, C. Sempf 1-(-10). [/emember_protected]