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Vikings trampled, shutout by Buffaloes in Homecoming game

By Cara L. Dempski

COLFAX — It was a rough night to be a Viking.

Emotions in the stands were high as the Colfax football team took the field for its 2017 Homecoming game September 29. The band was getting the crowd – and the players – fired up, the cross country team completed its relay from Mondovi to present the game ball to the Viking coaches, and the national anthem had been sung.

To Colfax’s credit, they managed to stave off a few early Buffalo scoring attempts, but the Mondovi squad eventually wore the home team down to score.

And then Mondovi just kept scoring.

The result after 48 minutes of play was a 53-0 loss for the home team that dropped them to 0-4 in the conference and 1-6 overall with just two weeks left to play in the regular season.

The visiting Buffaloes held the Vikings to just 83 passing yards, and kept them in negative rushing yards throughout the game, while putting together 290 yards in the air and 221 on the ground for themselves.

The Vikings struggled to move the ball far enough for a fresh set of downs on their opening possession, forcing Treyton Teige to punt the ball away and set the Mondovi gang up for another try at the end zone.

The Buffaloes capitalized on the opportunity, sending Owen Schultz in to score on a 25-yard pass play from quarterback Brennan Christopherson. Raith Bauer’s kick aim was true to give the Buffaloes a 7-0 lead with 7:38 still to play in the first quarter.

Less than two minutes later, Derek Fedie punched through the goal line on a 25-yard run for the score, and Bauer’s kick was again good to give Mondovi a 14-0 edge with 5:54 left in the opening 12 minutes.

Colfax would manage to keep the Buffaloes out of the end zone for the remainder of the first quarter, but the Buffaloes still managed to push the scoreboard higher with a good 26-yard field goal to make the board 17-0 with 1:24 to go before the second quarter.

The Vikings put together some nice defensive stops early in the second quarter, but suffered a turnover allowing the Buffaloes’ playcaller to loft a 25-yard pass to Fedie for the score.

The place-holder for Bauer’s PAT kick fumbled the snap, leading the quick-thinking kicker to pick up the ball and run it in for the two-point conversion, making the score 25-0 with 8:20 to go before halftime.

Colfax again was making its move when they suffered another fumble in which Mondovi came away with the ball. The Buffaloes converted that into another touchdown a few plays later to make the score 32-0 with 4:30 left before the half.

Mondovi punched across the plan two more times in the waning minutes before the halftime break, both with a pair of pass plays from Christopherson to Carter Johnson (35 yards) and Fedie (70 yards) to run the score up to 46-0 with only 2:04 left in the half.

The Vikings were able to hold the Buffs scoreless until a little over midway in the third quarter, when Mondovi’s Tanner Marsh struck gold from 10 yards out. Bauer’s PAT was again good, making the score 53-0 with 5:24 still to play in the third.

To the home team’s credit, they did not give up any more points in the game, playing tough defense against the Mondovi squad in the final 17 minutes.

Colfax’s sophomore quarterback Noah Albricht maintained his poise in the game, throwing for eight completions and a total of 83 yards. Jon Welk was his favorite receiver of the night, picking up 36 passing yards in the game.

Treyton Teige caught for 18 yards, Cole Kiekhafer nabbed the ball for a single 17-yard completion, Adam Pretasky had a seven-yard reception, and Dalton Schotter had a two-yard reception.

Junior Tommy Anderson copped the most rushing yards for the Vikings, carrying the ball twice for four yards on the night.

The Vikings are now in their final two weeks of the regular season, and have a 1-6 record overall. They will play at Boyceville October 6, before finishing the season October 13 at home against Durand.

Mondovi……………………17  29  7  0 — 53
Colfax…………………………0   0   0  0 —   0

First quarter 
M — O. Schultz 25-yd. pass from B. Christopherson (R. Bauer kick), 7:38; M — D. Fedie 25-yd. run (R. Bauer kick), 5:54; M — R. Bauer 26-yd. field goal, 1:27.

Second quarter 
M — D. Fedie 25-yd. pass from B. Christopherson (R. Bauer conversion), 8:20; M — B. Johnson 3-yd. run (R. Bauer kick), 4:51; M — C. Johnson 35-yd. pass from B. Christopherson (R. Bauer kick), 2:04; D. Fedie 70-yd. pass from B. Christopherson (R. Bauer kick), 2:04.

Third quarter 
M — T. Marsh 10-yd. run (R. Bauer kick), 5:24.

Individual Statistics

Passing (att-comp-yds-int): M (27-16-290-0) — B. Christopherson 25-15-286-0, J. Falkner 2-1-4-0; C (21-8-83-0) — N. Albricht 21-8-83-0.

Rushing (att-yds): M (29-221) — B. Johnson 15-88, T. Marsh 8-46, C. Johnson 2-32, D. Fedie 1-25, B. Christopherson 1-19, J. Falkner 1-9, L. Uschan 1-2; C (5-(-8)) — T. Anderson 2-4, N. Albricht 3-(-12).

Receiving (rec-yds): M (16-290) — D. Fedie 6-129, C. Johnson 3-77, K. Todd 2-38, O. Schultz 2-23, J. Falkner 1-11, B. Johnson 1-8, T. Marsh 1-4; C (8-83) — J. Welk 3-36, T. Teige 2-18, C. Kiekhafer 1-17, A. Pretasky 1-7, D. Schotter 1-2.