Mounders wallop Bulldogs to clinch football playoff spot

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — The Mounders’ 2017 Homecoming game was definitely an interesting one.

With 65 of the 66 players on Elk Mound’s football roster playing in last Friday’s game, there were a few David and Goliath moments between the Mounders’ underclassmen and their much larger Boyceville counterparts, and a freshman falling on a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, how could it have been anything but?

[emember_protected] The home team used the celebratory energy of the annual Homecoming pep rally and parade to cop a 61-8 win over the visiting Boyceville Bulldogs September 29 to remain undefeated in the Dunn-St. Croix play with only two weeks left to play in the regular and conference seasons.

In doing so, the team moved to 4-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix and clinched a spot in the 2017 WIAA football playoffs.

The Mounders continued their streak of putting in some serious ground mileage, logging 416 rushing yards in the game. Junior Brady Redwine, who currently leads the overall state rushing stats with 1,494 yards, topped all rushers in the game, adding 175 ground yards and five more touchdowns to his season tally. Ben Lambele added 89 yards and a score while Christopher Lee had a pair of hauls for 67 yards and Will Muszynski tallied 55 yards and half a dozen attempts.

In contrast, Boyceville put together 163 yards in the air, but could not generate forward motion on the ground and finished with a negative 15 yards running the ball.

The usually explosive Mounder offense was somewhat slow to start according to head coach Dave Lew.

“I think we came out a little behind,” he said after the game. “We got it going a little bit later, we figured things out.”

But once Elk Mound and Redwine got up-to-speed, they were hard to stop.

The first two Elk Mound touchdowns came courtesy of running back Brady Redwine, who raced in from 25 yards out with 7:51 still to go in the first, and then score from the ten-yard line to give the Mounders a 12-0 advantage with 4:54 to go before the second quarter.

Senior Ben Lambele got in on the action at the 11:53 mark of the second quarter with an 11-yard dash to hit pay dirt which raised the Mounders’ score to 19-0 after Gaelen Young’s successful PAT.

Redwine blasted into the end zone for a third time less than two minutes later after a turnover became another Elk Mound scoring opportunity. Young’s kick was again good, giving the Mounders a 26-0 cushion with 10:18 to go before halftime.

Quarterback Dylan Black nailed Lambele for a 16-yard pass for the Mounders’ third score of the quarter, and Young sent the PAT through the uprights again for a 33-0 advantage with 2:33 still left before the half.

The Mounders’ fourth and final touchdown of the second frame came  via another Redwine run. The junior speedster broke the plane for a fourth time before the end of the half on a 36-yard gallop down the field to make the score 32-0. Young tacked up the extra point, leaving the Mounders ahead 40-0 as the final 1:21 drained off the first-half clock.

Elk Mound wasted little time increasing its lead in the second half, with a 39-yard run from Redwine (his fifth and final six-pointer of the contest) and another good PAT from Young to make the score 47-0 with 9:40 to go in the third.

A little more than two minutes later, Dylan Black was in the right place at the right time when Boyceville quarterback Connor Sempf let fly with a pass that dropped right into Black’s hands. The Mounder senior recorded the pick six with a 40-yard gallop down the far sideline for the score. Another good point-after kick by Young gave the home team a 54-0 lead with nearly 20 minutes still to play.

The Mounders nabbed their final TD on a technicality, after Colton Ward dashed down the field and pushed across the goal line just as he fumbled the ball. Fortunately, freshman Ethan Levra was standing nearby, and immediately fell on the ball to earn the score. Young’s kick sealed the deal for the Mounders, making the score 61-0 with 2:50 to go in the third quarter.

Not to be left out of the game, the Bulldogs finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter on a five-yard connection between Sempf and senior Bryce Boda for both the TD and the two-point conversion play, making the final score 61-8.

Coach Lew was complimentary of the Boyceville team after the game.

“I think Boyceville’s got a lot of good players,” he said. “They’re trying to change the culture over there, and they’re doing a great job. They’re just great kids to be around.”

Redwine was Elk Mound’s leading rusher for the night, but it was senior Will Muzynski who led the receiver corp, with 48 yards on a single reception.

The Mounders now face their toughest tests of the season in their final two weeks before playoffs get underway. They will travel to Durand this Friday, October 6 to take on the 3-1 Panthers, last year’s conference champs, before hosting the unbeaten Spring Valley Cardinals, currently ranked fourth in the Division 6 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Poll, in the regular season finale on Friday, October 13.

Boyceville……………………0   0    0   8 —   8
Elk Mound………………..12  28  21  0 — 61

First quarter
EM — B. Redwine 25-yd. run (kick fail), 7:51; EM — B. Redwine 10-yd. run (kick fail), 4:54.

Second quarter
EM — B. Lambele 11-yd. run (G. Young kick), 11:53; EM — B. Redwine 6-yd. run (G. Young kick), 10:18; EM — B. Lambele 16-yd. pass from D. Black (G. Young kick), 2:33; EM — B. Redwine 36-yd. run (G. Young kick), 1:21.

Third quarter
EM — B. Redwine 39-yd. run (G. Young kick), 9:40; EM — D. Black 40-yd. interception (G. Young kick), 7:03; EM — E. Levra fumble recovery (G. Young kick), 2:50.

Fourth quarter  
B — B. Boda 5-yd. pass from C. Sempf (B. Boda pass from C. Sempf), 1:15.

Individual Statistics

Passing (att-comp-yds-int): B (42-15-167-1) — C. Sempf 22-11-107-1, B. Boda 20-4-60-0; EM (2-6-64-0) — D. Black 2-6-64-0.

Rushing (att-yds): B (11-(-15)) — B. Boda 4-(-8), C. Sempf 1-(-4), B. Sempf 1-(-1); EM (41-416) — B. Redwine 15-175, B. Lambele 5-89, C. Lee 2-67, W. Muzynski 6-55, E. Kaanta 4-24, L. Schultz 5-16, C. Ward 2-5.

Receiving (rec-yds): B (15-167) — C. Boesl 10-104, B. Boda 1-48, J. Gonzales 3-5; EM (2-64) — W. Muzynski 1-48, B. Lambele 1-16. [/emember_protected]