By Cara L. Dempski
COLFAX — Glenwood City’s 53-24 win over Colfax last Friday night may have been a dry run for this week’s home contest against Mondovi.
“Mondovi runs a very similar offense to what Colfax does,” Hilltopper head football coach Shane Strong said. “We need to continue to defend the pass well.”
[emember_protected] It was not just pass defense that won the September 8 road game for the Hilltoppers.
Senior quarterback Pete Hill completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for a whopping 269 yards in the game and three touchdowns, while the Toppers running corps added another 284 yards and five scores on the ground.
In contrast, Colfax quarterback Noah Albricht was 14 for 23 passing for 147 yards, and the Vikings rushed for just 101 yards.
Glenwood City’s ability to move the ball effectively showed up at the 6:41 mark of the first quarter when Pete Hill tacked up the game’s first six points on a one-yard quarterback keeper. Tanner Davis’ PAT was blocked, leaving the Toppers with a 6-0 lead.
Hill connected with Jacob Nelson on a 31-yard pass a little over two minutes later as Glenwood City struck gold a second time and the quarterback’s pass to Carson Strong for the two-point conversion was good, leaving the Toppers ahead 14-0 with 4:27 to play in the first.
Nelson chalked up another eight points in the second frame after a 23-yard touchdown run and successful conversion run gave GC a 22-0 advantage with 8:39 left in the half.
A little over a minute later, Hill hit target Jacob Kopacz for a 50-yard completion and another six. Dakota Dean-Immerman sent the ball through the uprights for the PAT, making the score 28-0 with still 7:12 to go before halftime.
Ethan Kahler ran the ball 70 yards to hit pay dirt with 2:16 to go in the half, and although Davis’ kick was blocked a second time, the Toppers took 34-0 lead into the halftime break.
Glenwood City wasted little time getting on the board again in the second half, with a 68-yard touchdown pass connection from Hill to Nelson. The PAT failed, but the Hilltoppers remained in full control, and on top of a 40-0 score with 8:25 still to go in the third.
Caleb Peterson earned his first touchdown of the season a few minutes later with a seven-yard run at the 5:24 mark. Tucker Lagerstrom’s kick was good for the point after, making the score 47-0 as both teams headed into the final 12 minutes.
The Vikings were deep in the red zone as the final seconds ticked off the third-quarter clock, and scored their first six points on an 11-yard pass from Albricht to wide out Adam Pretasky to open the fourth quarter. Brett Schindler burst over the goal line for the conversion, making the score 47-8 with the full quarter to go.
Glenwood City scored a touchdown with 3:09 still to play when Ethan Hanson raced to the goal line on a 30-yard carry. Gavin Johnson’s conversion run was stopped at the line, leaving the Hilltoppers with a 53-8 lead.
Colfax senior Treyton Teige nabbed a pass from Albricht for a 17-yard score at the 1:15 mark to lift the home team to 53-16 after Dalton Schotter caught Albricht’s pass for the conversion.
The Glenwood City player who fielded the ball on the subsequent kickoff had the misfortune to drop it with Colfax sophomore Trey Hovde in close proximity. Hovde fell on the ball, giving the home team one last offensive possession.
The Vikings capitalized on their good fortune as Teige broke a 60-yard run for the score. Albricht’s pass for the conversion hit target Adam Pretasky dead on, to make the score 53-24 with just :40 to play.
The Hilltoppers knelt on their final possession to let the remaining seconds drain off the clock for their first D-SC win of 2017.
Jacob Nelson led Glenwood City with nine carries for 94 yards and a TD on the ground and tallied 144 receiving yards and two more scores on just three receptions.
Ethan Kahler finished with 78 yards rushing and a score on four carries and Jacob Kopacz had 12 rushes for 46 yards and a 50-yard catch that went for a touchdown. Carson Strong caught five Hill throws for 75 yards.
Hadin DeSmith nabbed an interception.
The Toppers, who improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in conference action, will face Mondovi at home September 15 for their 2017 Homecoming game before traveling to Boyceville September 22. Glenwood City is 1-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix and is 3-1 overall.
GLENWOOD CITY 53, COLFAX 24
Glenwood City…….…14 20 13 6 — 53
Colfax……..……………0 0 0 24 — 24
GC — P. Hill 1-yd. run (kick blocked), 6:41; GC — J. Nelson 31-yd. pass from P. Hill (C. Strong pass from P. Hill, 4:27.
GC — J. Nelson 23-yd. run (J. Nelson run), 8:39; GC — J. Kopacz 50-yd. pass from P. Hill (D. Dean Immerman kick), 7:12; GC — E. Kahler 70-yd. run (kick blocked), 2:16.
GC — J. Nelson 68-yd. pass from P. Hill (kick fail), 8:25; GC — C. Peterson 7-yd. run (Lagerstrom kick), 5:24.
C — A. Pretasky 11-yd. pass from N. Albricht (B. Schindler run), 12:00; GC — E. Hanson 30-yd. run (G. Johnson run), 3:09; C — T. Teige 17-yd. pass from N. Albricht (D. Schotter pass from N. Albricht), 1:15; C — T. Teige 60-yd. run (A. Pretasky pass from N. Albricht), :40.
Rushing (att-yds): GC (39-284) — J. Nelson 9-94, E. Kahler 4-78, J. Kopacz 12-46, E. Hanson 3-31, D. Loring 4-27, C. Peterson 1-7, P. Hill 4-(-3), A. Grant 1-(-4); C (25-101) — T. Teige 1-60, B. Schindler 15-45, J. Welk 1-5, T. Hovde 2-1, M. Harmon 3-1, N. Albricht 3-(-11).
Receiving (rec-yds): GC (10-283) — J. Nelson 3-144, C. Strong 5-75, J. Kopacz 1-50, D. Loring 1-14; C (14-147) — T. Anderson 3-71, T. Teige 4-20, A. Pretasky 3-29, D. Schotter 2-11, B. Schindler 1-10, M. Harmon 1-(-4).
Passing (comp-att-yds-int): GC (10-14-216-1) — P. Hill 10-14-216-1; C (14-23-147-1) — N. Albricht 14-23-147-1. [/emember_protected]