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Bulldogs battle Birds but fall short in Spring Valley

By Cara L. Dempski

SPRING VALLEY — Jordan Anderson learned just how much fight his team has last Friday in Spring Valley.

“We came into the game hungry to get back to the winning ways. We dug ourselves into a big hole, as we were down 20-0 early in the second quarter,” Anderson said. “In previous games, we may have laid down and died, but we showed a sense of urgency, and brought the game to 20-12 at half.”

While the Boyceville gang came up short in the end, losing the September 15 road game to Spring Valley 33-18, Anderson was pleased with the effort he saw on the field. Even better, his Bulldogs now believe they can go toe-to-toe with anyone after battling through a game with the Cardinals, who are number four-ranked in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s recent Division 6 poll.

The Cards grabbed a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and then tacked up another six early in the second to give the home team a comfortable, 20-0 lead. 

But Boyceville was able to get on track with a pair of second quarter scores courtesy of Bryce Boda.

The first came on a 31-yard pass play from quarterback Jayson Gonzales, and the second was a four-yard run with only 3:29 left before halftime that cut the Bulldogs deficit to eight at 20-12.

The Cardinals, however, struck again in the third and added their final score just seconds into the fourth quarter, making the score 33-12 with 11:39 to play.

But the Bulldogs were not yet finished although most of the final minutes of the game had ticked away.

Boyceville’s final six did not come until there was just 1:36 remaining in the contest when Luke Knudtson nabbed an 11-yard reception from Gonzales to make the final score 33-18.

Gonzales completed 26 of 59 pass attempts for a total of 328 yards. In contrast, Cardinal QB Aaron Borgerding completed three of five attempts for 16 yards.

The Bulldog quarterback’s favorite target of the night, Cooper Boesl, reeled in 10 passes for 136 yards. Boda led Boyceville’s rushing stats with 16 yards over four carries.

The energy Boyceville showed against Spring Valley gave Anderson hope the team can still go 3-1 to earn a playoff berth.

“The schedule is tough,” he said. “But I fully believe we can carry our momentum we built off of the game against Spring Valley and pull it off.”

The Bulldogs will host Glenwood City September 22, before road tripping to Elk Mound September 29.

Boyceville…………………0  12  0  6 — 18
Spring Valley…………….14   6   6  7 — 33

First Quarter
SV — J. Nyeggen 7-yd. run (T. Kado kick), 8:29; SV — B. Williams 4-yd. run (T. Kado kick), 3:05

Second Quarter
SV — D. Bosshart 31-yd. run (kick failed), 9:07; B — B. Boda 31-yd. pass from J. Gonzales (pass failed), 7:23; B — B. Boda 4-yd. run (pass failed), 3:29

Third Quarter
SV — B. Williams 5-yd. run (kick failed), 8:29

Fourth Quarter
SV — J. Nyeggen 3-yd. run (T. Kado kick), 11:39; B — L. Knudtson 11-yd. pass from J. Gonzales (pass failed), 1:36


Passing (comp-att-yds-int): B (26-59-328-3) — J. Gonzales 26-59-328, B. Boda 0-1-0-0; SV (3-5-16-0) — A. Borgerding 3-5-16-0.

Rushing (att-yds): B (9-16) — B. Boda 4-16, J. Gonzales 2-2, T. Gundlach 3-(-2); SV (60-379) — J. Nyeggen 35-241, D. Bosshart 3-42, A. Borgerding 9-31, T. Kado 6-25, J. Rielly 4-20, B. Williams 3-20.

Receiving (comp-yds): B (26-328) — C. Boesl 10-136, B. Sempf 3-92, B. Boda 7-56, L. Knudtson 4-31, T. Gundlach 2-13; SV (3-16) — T. Kado 3-16.