By Cara L. Dempski
BOYCEVILLE — The frustration and disappointment was evident in Vikings’ head coach Matt DeMoe at the end of Colfax’s football game at Boyceville last Friday.
His team knew the game plan for the October 6 game against the Bulldogs: mitigate the chances and abilities of numbers one (Bryce Boda), 21 (Luke Knudtson), and 80 (Cooper Boesl).
[emember_protected] “We needed to take one, 21 and 80 out of the game,” DeMoe said. “We did pretty well in the first half, and in the second half we didn’t.”
Those watching the scoreboard changes in the matchup saw evidence of just that in the Bulldogs’ homecoming game, when the Colfax gang took a 12-6 lead into the halftime break, but then watched it erode on a series of second-half scoring drives including a 92-yard pass play from Boda to Knudtson that gave Boyceville a 20-12 victory.
It was the Bulldogs’ first Dunn-St. Croix victory of the year as it improved to 1-4 and 2-6 overall while the Vikings remained winless in conference action falling to 0-5 and 1-7 on the season.
Of course, it did not help that the Vikings were playing without running back Brett Schindler, who was injured two weeks ago, and defensive star Jon Welk, who was ill.
Neither team found much success running the ball. Colfax covered just 20 yards on the ground and Boyceville tallied 23.
The best mode of ball transportation in last Friday’s tilt between the conference cellar dwellers was via the air. Colfax logged 240 yards passing with the Bulldogs gaining 211 yards through the air.
The Vikings got on the scoreboard at 4:18 in the first with a pretty 10-yard twist-n-run catch from Noah Albricht to Adam Pretasky to tack up the game’s first six. Tommy Anderson was not able to make any yardage on his two-point run attempt, leaving Colfax with a 6-0 lead.
Albricht was ready to target Pretasky a second time in the second quarter, when Bulldog senior Luke Knudtson nabbed an interception and ran in for a 24-yard pick-six score. Freshman quarterback Connor Sempf failed to connect on the point-after pass which left the game tied at sixes with 10:44 left in the second quarter.
Colfax gunslinger, Noah Albricht, nailed receiver Treyton Teige a little over three minutes later on another 10-yard scoring strike for gold. The two-point attempt failed a second time, but gave the Vikings a 12-6 advantage with 7:17 remaining in the first half.
Colfax would take that six-point advantage into the halftime break.
But the Bulldogs went on a roll in the second half, scoring a touchdown in the waning minutes of the third quarter when Boda completed a 32-yard pass to Brendan Sempf for the score. Boda then ran for two more points on the conversion to give Boyceville its first lead of the game at 14-12 with 2:39 left in the third stanza.
Less than five minutes later, Boda hit Knudtson with a pass for a 92-yard, game-clinching score at 10:47 of the fourth quarter. Despite the failed two-point attempt, the Boyceville defense held Colfax scoreless throughout the second half of the contest and helped the Bulldogs earn a 20-12 win, their first Dunn-St. Croix victory of the 2017 season.
Junior Tommy Anderson led Colfax with 29 rushing yards on the evening. Sophomore quarterback Noah Albricht threw 19 completions in 44 attempts for 240 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns but was intercepted four times by the Bulldogs.
Boyceville also tossed three interception (two by Boda and another from Sempf). Boda tallied 205 passing yards and two scores on an 8-17 passing performance.
Teige caught six passes to lead the Vikings’ receiving corps with 117 yards and a score. Cole Kiekhafer nabbed six for 49 yards, Dalton Schotter picked up 39 yards with four receptions, Anderson had a single reception for 21 yards, and Pretasky nabbed a pair of receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings will close out their 2017 season at home against Durand this Friday, October 13.
COLFAX 12, BOYCEVILLE 20
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]