By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — The highest this year’s Glenwood City football team has been in the Division 6 rankings of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s poll this year is sixth.
The Toppers nabbed the spot in week two after decisive wins over both Frederic and Amery.
[emember_protected] They fell out of the polls after their week three home loss to Elk Mound to open the Dunn-St. Croix season, but then climbed back to ninth place in the September 11 poll after a whopper of a win over Colfax.
The question is, will they stay in the polls after a 17-6 homecoming loss to Mondovi September 15?
The Hilltoppers held a three-point lead for the final minutes of the first quarter, but the show belonged to the Buffaloes for the rest of the game as the Toppers committed four turnovers – three interceptions and a fumble.
The two teams traded three-and-out possessions in the first six minutes of the first quarter before Glenwood City’s quarterback Pete Hill was intercepted by Mondovi’s Derek Fedie at the Buffaloes’ 48-yard line before advancing to the GC 43.
Mondovi would push to the Glenwood eight, before kicker Raith Bauer sent a 25-yard field goal attempt through the uprights to give the Buffaloes a 3-0 lead with 4:11 to play in the opening 12 minutes.
Glenwood City responded with a 74-yard kickoff return from the speedy Jake Nelson to tack six points up on the board with 4:00 to play in the first. Tucker Lagerstrom kick was no good but the Toppers led 6-3.
The Buffaloes went on the move again late in the quarter and into the second, but the Hilltoppers put a stop to the visiting team at their own 24-yard line to take over on downs after the Buffs failed to convert on a four-and-five play.
But a pair of promising drives that might have added points to the Toppers side of the scoreboard ended in turnovers.
After taking over the ball on downs, the Hilltoppers moved from its 24 to the Mondovi 36 on nice runs by the Jacobs – Kopacz and Nelson. But the drive came to a sudden halt when Mondovi’s Bryce Johnson pounced on a second-down fumble.
Mondovi stayed with its power run game on the ensuing drive and regained the lead for good at 4:56 of the second quarter on a five-yard scoring run by Bryce Johnson. Bauer’s PAT was good, giving the Buffaloes a 10-6 advantage.
The Hilltoppers looked to take the lead back as they put together a 13-play drive that took the locals to the Mondovi 7. But on third and one, Hill was intercepted for a second time, this one came via Derek Fedie in the end zone for a touchback.
Mondovi took a knee to end the half with a four-point lead.
The Toppers took the second-half kick off and moved to the Mondovi 36 before Hill was sacked on fourth down turning the ball back over to Mondovi.
Glenwood City would force a fourth-down incompletion to stop Mondovi on that drive but on their subsequent offensive possession, the Buffaloes drove to the GC five yard line before the Toppers’ defense stiffened to force a field goal try. Raith Bauer’s second attempt went wide from 22 yards out to leave the score at 10-6 with just 27 ticks left in the third.
The Toppers had the ball for just three play and had to punt to start the fourth.
Mondovi took over on its own 24 and drove 76 yards in ten plays to score it’s and the game’s final touchdown with just 6:30 left to play.
Johnson took the handoff from Mondovi quarterback Brennan Christopherson to pierce the goal line from a yard out and tookcredit for another six points. Bauer sent the ball through the uprights one more time to give the Buffaloes a 17-6 lead with just over six minutes left to play.
Glenwood City was again on the move from its own 18-yard line with :49 left to play when Buffalo Logan Uschan picked Hill off again to leave Mondovi in control of the field for the final moments of the game.
The loss gave the Hilltoppers a 3-2 record overall, but dropped them to 1-2 in the conference, landing them squarely in fifth place.
Nelson led Glenwood’s rushing statistics in the game, moving the ball 47 yards over seven carries. Hill completed 10 of 21 pass attempts for 80 yards, with his favorite target being Carson Strong. The senior receiver nabbed five passes for 39 yards.
The Toppers now have just three D-SC teams lef tot play and must win two of those final three contests to become playoff eligible.
They will travel to Boyceville September 22 before taking on Durand at home September 29. The final conference game this season will be an October 6 road match at Spring Valley.
MONDOVI 17, GLENWOOD CITY 6
Mondovi………….3 7 0 7 — 17
Glenwood City……6 0 0 0 — 6
M — R. Bauer 25 kick, 4:11; GC — J. Nelson 74 kick return (T. Lagerstrom kick fail), 4:00.
M — B. Johnson 5 run (R. Bauer kick), 4:56.
M — B. Johnson 1 run (R. Bauer kick), 6:30.
Passing (comp-att-yds-int): M (12-19-169-0) — B. Christopherson 12-18-169-0, C. Johnson 0-1-0-0; GC (10-21-80-3) — P. Hill 10-21-80-3.
Rushing (att-yds): M (51-194) — N. Pelke 27-113, B. Johnson 14-69, B. Christopherson 9-11, C. Johnson 1-1; GC (25-74) — J. Nelson 7-47, J. Kopacz 10-37, E. Kahler 3-7, P. Hill 5-(-17).
Receiving (comp-yds): M (12-169) — C. Johnson 3-57, O. Schultz 3-44, D. Fedie 2-27, K. Todd 2-20, N. Pelke 1-14, J. Falkner 1-7; GC (10-80) — C. Strong 5-39, J. Kopacz 3-35, O. Wagner 1-4, J. Nelson 1-2. [/emember_protected]