By Cara L. Dempski
DURAND — The Elk Mound football team seems in no hurry to slow its roll right now.
The Mounders won their sixth game in a row last Friday night after they took down Durand, last year’s Dunn-St. Croix champions, 24-14 on the Panthers’ home field.
[emember_protected] The October 6 victory improved Elk Mound’s unblemished conference record to 5-0 with only one more D-SC team to play: Spring Valley.
The Cardinals, who are also unbeaten in conference play following a 30-8 victory over Glenwood City last week, will bring their perfect 8-0 record to Elk Mound this Friday, October 13 where the two teams will battle for the 2017 D-SC football championship. Spring Valley is ranked fourth in Division 6 for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association poll.
But to get to that point, the Mounder knew they needed to take care of business in Durand.
And that is just what Elk Mound did!
Junior running back Brady Redwine tacked up another 190 yards and two touchdowns to his rushing record for the year to increase his yardage in the conference statistics to 1,684, which gives him a 643-yard edge over his nearest D-SC competitor, Spring Valley’s Jaden Nyeggen.
Elk Mound put up the game’s only first-quarter score, with Redwine racing 65 yards for the touchdown before Dylan Black connected with Ben Lambele on the two-point pass play to make the score 8-0 in favor of the Mounders.
The orange and black would raise the score to 16-0 in the second on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Black to senior Will Muzynski before Redwine punched in the two-point conversion.
Durand got on the board with a 16-yard run from Ceejay Schlosser for six, but the Panthers could not break the plane a second time for the conversion, and went to halftime trailing 16-6.
The Cats came out to score a touchdown on a four-yard sprint from Schlosser and a PAT pass from TJ Tulip to Dustin Paje to pull closer to Elk Mound, who still led 16-14.
The Mounders would take one more trip to the end zone, with a 70-yard Redwine romp and a pass from Black to Andrew Benson on the PAT to make it 24-14 in the waning minutes of the third.
Both teams held each other scoreless in the final 12 minutes to end the game with the Mounders on top 24-14, giving them the chance to play for their first Dunn-St. Croix trophy in the Dave Lew Era.
The Mounders head into Friday’s regular finale with a 6-2 record overall.
Coach Lew will attend a seeding meeting for the playoff season October 14 to find out where the Mounders will fall in the Division 5 bracket for playoffs starting October 20 or 21.
ELK MOUND 24, DURAND 14
Elk Mound……………………..8 8 8 0 — 24
Durand………………………….0 6 8 0 — 14
EM — B. Redwine 65-yd. run (B. Lambele pass from D. Black).
EM — W. Muzynski 7-yd. pass from D. Black (B. Redwine run); D — C. Schlosser 16-yd. run (conversion fail).
D — C. Schlosser 4-yd. run (D. Paje pass from T. Tulip); EM — B. Redwine 70-yd. run (A. Benson pass from D. Black).
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): EM (8-2-8-0) — D. Black 8-2-8-0; D (10-6-76-0) — T. Tulip 10-6-76-0.
Rushing (att-yds): EM (23-190) — B. Redwine 23-190; D (25-114) — J. Biesterveld 23-94, C. Schlosser 2-20.
Receiving (rec-yds): EM (2-9) — W. Muzynski 2-9; D (3-37) — C. Schlosser 3-37. [/emember_protected]