By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND — For the second consecutive year, Elk Mound opened its football season against Chetek-Weyerhaeuser.
But unlike last year’s opener, a 20-6 home win for the Bulldogs, the Mounders ran roughshod over C-W, nearly doubling the offensive output of the Bulldogs for a satisfying 35-14 non-conference, home victory to kick off the 2018 gridiron campaign last Friday evening, August 17.
The win was actually Elk Mound’s second straight over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. The Mounders avenged last season’s opening loss to the Bulldogs with a 33-6 win in level two of the 2017 WIAA Division 5 playoffs.
“(I am) Very proud of our efforts tonight,” commented Coach Lew.
Coach Dave Lew believed that the rush game would be the strength for the team, and his players showed him that his belief was right.
Running back Brady Redwine managed just one touchdown for the first game of his senior season, but compiled an impressive 206 yards in 23 attempts which left the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser team wondering how they would slow him down. Redwine more than doubled the yardage by himself that Chetek-Weyerhaeuser put up in its rushing attack (97 yds.).
Ethan Kaanta and Rian Flynn combined for three rushes, 14 yards and a touchdown each during Friday night’s game.
Senior quarterback Colton Ward was efficient and near perfect, connecting on five of his six pass attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown pass to Flynn against the Bulldog’s defense.
The Mounders’ defense held the Bulldogs to 169 yards of offense in the August 17 game played at Elk Mound High School.
Redwine proved himself defensively as well, tallying nine total tackles and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.
Adding to the defensive line stats, Brett Lew and Max Marquardt put up 16 tackles between the two players. For Lew and Marquardt 8 of their tackles were unassisted.
The Mounders were the first to punctuate the end zone. Rian Flynn corralled a six-yard touchdown toss from Colton Ward in the first quarter to give Elk Mound a 6-0 lead after the extra point was unsuccessful.
Flynn gave the Mounders another six points before the first stanza finished as he ran in a six-yard score. Redwine’s conversion run put Elk Mound in front 14-0.
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser sliced its deficit in half early in the second quarter when Carter Buchman scored on a 1-yard dive and the extra point kick was good.
Elk Mound would get those points back later in the quarter when Brady Redwine scooped up a Bulldogs’ fumble and ran it back to paydirt. Jake Mentzel added the point-after-touchdown kick to boost the Mounders’ lead to 21-7 at the half.
The Bulldogs again shaved the Mounders’ advantage to seven points on Bronson Schofield’s 64-yard touchdown jaunt in the third quarter. The extra point kick made it a 21-14 contest.
But Elk Mound responded with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns – a nine-yard scoring run by Kaanta and a 4-yard Redwine touchdown scamper – and a two-point conversion catch by Flynn to put the game out of reach en route to the 21-point win.
With a typical first game of the season the Mounders’ coach noted mistakes the team made but he also noted the better plays the team made.
“We need to have a good week this week, there will be a lot of teaching to get better and fix our mistakes,” explained Lew.
The team will continue to work hard in the weeks to come during practice and games, according to Lew.
The Mounders will take to the road this Friday, August 24 playing at Saint Croix Central, who was a 41-14 winner over Durand last Friday. Elk Mound will then open Dunn-St. Croix Conference conference play at home against Mondovi on August 31.
ELK MOUND 35, CHETEK-WEYERHAEUSER 14
Elk Mound……….………….14 7 0 14 — 35
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser…. 0 7 7 0 — 14
(EM) R. Flynn 6 yd reception TD (ext point failed)
(EM) 6 yd Rushing TD B. Redwine (2 pt conversion successful)
(CW) 1 yd Rushing TD C. Buchman (ext point successful)
(EM) Fumble return TD B. Redwine (ext point successful)
(CW) 64 yd pass from B. Schofield TD (ext point successful)
(EM) 9 yd Rushing TD E. Kaanta (ext point successful)
(EM) 4 yd Rushing TD B. Redwine (2 pt conversion successful)
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): EM (6-5-69-0) C. Ward 6-5-69-0; CW (10-4-72-1) B. Schofield 10-4-72-1.
Rushing: (att-yds): EM (31-214) B. Redwine 23-206, E. Kaanta 1-9, R. Flynn 2-5, E. Levra 1-2, C. Ward 4–8; CW (31-97) B. Schofield 20-66, C. Buchman 10-27, P. Gilbertson 1-4.
Receiving (att-yds): EM (5-50) R. Flynn 4-35, E. Kaanta 1-15.