By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — Six weeks is a long time to go winless.
Three years is a long time to go without a homecoming win.
Last Friday, the seniors on the Boyceville football team got to experience both in the same game when they blew past the visiting Colfax squad for 20-12 win in the October 6 conference contest thanks to pair of second-half touchdowns including a 92-yard, fourth-quarter pass and catch from Bryce Boda to Luke Knudtson that sealed the Bulldogs’ victory.
[emember_protected] It was the seniors’ first homecoming win of their high school careers.
Both teams came into the game without a conference victory and shared last place in the Dunn-St. Croix standings.
What was impressive, though, was how the Dogs found ways around the Viking defense to score in the second half after a lackluster performance in much of the first. The wet, sloppy, stormy conditions factored into their plans.
“Going into the week, we looked at the forecast on Monday, and knew we were going to have to change our game plan,” head coach Jordan Anderson said after the game. “We’re a heavy-passing team, and we obviously had to run a little more.”
It started raining at about 4:00 p.m. that afternoon, and while there were times during the game the precipitation tapered off, the majority of the 48 minutes was spent playing in anything from light rain to heaven-opening downpours, making the ball hard to grip, and the field surface slippery.
The Vikings took the opening possession after winning the coin toss, and were marching toward the Boyceville goal line when Colfax back Tommy Anderson fumbled, and Bulldog Bryce Larson was on hand to pick it up.
The recovery actually turned into a three-and-out series that forced the Bulldogs to punt the ball and put Colfax back in the driver’s seat.
The two teams traded three-down possessions before Colfax play caller Noah Albricht found Adam Pretasky near the end zone with a 10-yard pass completion for a touchdown. The Vikings failed to break the plane a second time for the conversion, but held a 6-0 lead with only 4:18 to go in the opening quarter.
The Bulldogs responded early in the second, when senior Luke Knudtson nabbed an interception on a pass Albricht intended for Adam Pretasky and ran the ball all the way home for the touchdown. The clock was at 10:44 when the Bulldog Connor Sempf’s pass attempt for the conversion fell incomplete, knotting the game up at six.
Just over three minutes later, Colfax responded with it’s second touchdown pass. This time, Albricht found Treyton Teige, who ran it in from 10 yards out for the score. The conversion run failed, but the Vikings were able to hold the Bulldogs scoreless for the rest of the quarter to take a 12-6 lead into halftime.
The tide slowly started to turn in Boyceville’s favor in the third quarter, and culminated in a 32-yard pass from Bryce Boda to Brendan Sempf to tie things up a 12 with 2:39 left before the fourth quarter. Boda then ran the ball in for the two-point attempt to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game at 14-12.
Boyceville would not score again until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, when Boda sent a pass to Knudtson, who raced 92 yards for the TD. The point-after attempt failed when Boda threw an incomplete pass, but the Bulldogs increased their lead to 20-12 with 10:47 still to play in the game.
Colfax would threaten at least once in the remaining ten minutes of the game, but Boyceville held their composure to keep the Vikings out of the red zone and hung on for the win.
Boda passed for 205 yards, and had eight completions out of 17 attempts for two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 61 yards on 18 carries. Luke Knudtson led the receivers with 131 yards over eight receptions including the long 92-yard score.
Colfax finished with a slight edge in total yards 260 to 234. The Bulldogs passed for 211 yards and tallied just 23 positive yards on the ground. The Vikings threw for 240 yards and ran for just 20.
The team combined for nine turnovers in the sloppy conditions with Colfax throwing four interceptions to Boyceville’s three while both squads lost a fumble.
With their first conference win under their belt, the 1-4 Bulldogs will now focus on their October 13 road trip to Mondovi to end the regular season.
BOYCEVILLE 20, COLFAX 12
Colfax…………………………..6 6 0 0 — 12
Boyceville……………………..0 6 8 6 — 20
C — A. Pretasky 10-yd. pass from N. Albricht (conversion fails), 4:18.
B — N. Knudtson interception (conversion fails), 10:44; C — T. Teige 10-yd. pass from N. Albricht (conversion fails), 7:17.
B — B. Sempf 32-yd. pass from B. Boda (B. Boda run), 2:39.
B — L. Knudtson 92-yd. pass from B. Boda (conversion fails), 10:47.
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): C (44-19-240-4) — N. Albricht 44-19-240-4; B (27-9-211-3) — B. Boda 17-8-205-2, C. Sempf 10-1-6-1.
Rushing (att-yds): C (23-20) — T. Anderson 18-29, N. Albricht 5-(-9); B (36-23) — B. Boda 18-61, B. Sempf 2-10, J. Malean 9-7, C. Sempf 1-(-4), Unknown 6-(-51).
Receiving (rec-yds): C (19-240) — T. Teige 6-117, C. Kiekhafer 6-49, D. Schotter 4-39, T. Anderson 1-21, A. Pretasky 2-14; B (9-211) — L. Knudtson 5-131, B. Sempf 2-57, C. Boesl 2-23. [/emember_protected]