By Cara L. Dempski
MONDOVI — There was a period during Elk Mound’s game in Mondovi last Friday where Mounders’ fans wondered if their team would pull out a win.
Particularly during the first three quarters.
Elk Mound came alive in the final 12 minutes of the contest, outscoring their hosts 28-6, to pull off a 49-34 win to remain undefeated in the Dunn-St. Croix play after the September 22 game, with two of their toughest tests yet to come.
[emember_protected] The Buffaloes did what they could to keep Mounder Brady Redwine contained, but could not stay ahead of the junior running back, allowing him 340 yards and six touchdowns on the night which pushed his season rushing total 1,319 yards with three games still to play.
It was the second straight week that Redwine broke out for half a dozen touchdowns after he scored six times and ran for 261 yards against rival Colfax the previous week.
For those keeping track, that’s 613 yards more than Spring Valley’s Jaydon Nyeggen, who is currently in second place for rushing yards in Dunn-St. Croix records.
The Mounders got off to a slow start in the game, allowing the Buffaloes to go up 7-0 with a pass connection between quarterback Brennen Christopherson and Derek Fedie for the score before two minutes ran off the clock.
The visiting team would tie things up with 1:36 to play in the opening quarter when Redwine sprinted 27 yards and then Gaelen Young’s kick sailed through the uprights to make the boards 7-7 heading into the second quarter.
The Buffaloes again wasted no time increasing their score. Carter Johnson punctured the goal line from five yards out to give the home team a six-point advantage with 11:21 to go before the half. The PAT was unsuccessful, but Mondovi held the Mounders away from the end zone as time ticked away toward the break.
Elk Mound got on the board again with 8:38 to play in the third when Redwine went three yards, and Young’s kick was good to give the Mounders a 14-13 advantage. Mondovi returned the favor a few minutes later with a 33-yard connection between Christopherson and Fedie and a successful conversion pass to Johnson to take a 21-14 lead.
The Mounders evened the score at 21 with 4:27 to go in the third quarter on a 53-yard gain from Redwine and a good PAT, but the Buffaloes responded with a quarterback keep tacking up another six. The PAT made the score 28-21 with 2:22 left in the third.
The visiting team let barely 30 seconds pass in the final 12 minutes of the game when Redwine punched through from two yards out to strike gold again. Young’s kick attempt fell apart on a wide snap to the holder, leaving the Mounders down 28-21 with 11:30 left to play.
From that point on, the Mounders ran roughshod over the Buffaloes, with Redwine scoring on two more runs, before the Buffs put up another six with 2:32 to go, making the score 42-34.
Elk Mound sealed the deal with 1:14 left to play when Rian Flynn nabbed an interception and returned it for the score. Young again sent the ball through the uprights, making it a two-possession game with just over a minute to play.
And that, apparently, was that.
The Mounders passed for just 14 yards to Mondovi’s 303, but rushed a total of 376, more than doubling up on the Buffaloes’ 172.
With just three games left before the post season, Elk Mound has yet to face two of its toughest foes. The Mounders will host Boyceville for the 2017 Homecoming match-up September 29, before going to Durand October 6 for a meeting with the 2016 Dunn-St. Croix champions.
The team will then end its season on its home field against Spring Valley October 13.
Elk Mound is currently 3-0 in the D-SC, and has an overall record of 4-2.
ELK MOUND 49, MONDOVI 34
Elk Mound…………………7 0 14 28 — 59
Mondovi……………………7 6 15 6 — 34
M — D. Fedie 2-yd. pass from B. Christopherson (R. Bauer kick), 10:14; EM — B. Redwine 27-yd. run (G. Young kick), 1:36.
M — C. Johnson 5-yd. run (kick fail), 11:21.
EM — B. Redwine 3-yd. run (G. Young kick), 8:38; M — D. Fedie 33-yd. pass from B. Christopherson (C. Johnson pass from B. Christopherson), 5:24; EM — B. Redwine 53-yd. run (G. Young kick), 4:27; M — B. Christopherson 1-yd. run (R. Bauer kick), 2:22.
EM — B. Redwine 2-yd. run (kick fail), 11:30; EM — B. Redwine 11-yd. run (B. Redwine run), 5:41; M — D. Fedie 44 -yd.pass from B. Christopherson (kick fail), 2:32; EM — R. Flynn interception (G. Young kick), 1:14.
Passing (comp-att-yds-int): EM (1-5-14-0) — D. Black 1-5-14-0; M (20-29-303-3) — C. Johnson 1-1-25-0, B. Christopherson 19-28-278-3.
Rushing (comp-yds): EM (49-376) — B. Lambele 5-15, B. Redwine 39-340, W. Muzynski 5-21; M (35-172) — C. Johnson 2-5, B. Johnson 19-89, B. Christopherson 6-49, L. Uschan 7-32, D. Fedie 1-(-3).
Receiving (rec-yds): EM (1-14) — Unknown 1-14; M (21-303) — D. Dziekan 1-25, Carter Johnson 8-130, J. Falkner 2-28, O. Schultz 1-5, K. Todd 3-20, D. Fedie 6-95. [/emember_protected]