By Amber Hayden
HAMMOND — The Elk Mound “Mounders” football team struggled in its August 24 non-conference contest against a tough Saint Croix Central Panthers squad, losing the road game 49-7.
While the first quarter saw the Mounders hold the two-time Division 4 state finalists and 2016 State Champion St. Croix Central Panthers to only six points, Elk Mound was unable to generate much offense or any points throughout the first half of play in last Friday’s game in Hammond.
“We played a great team, now we need to get better for our conference opener,” commented Coach Lew.
Blaze Todd led the way for the rushing game against the Panthers on Friday evening, putting up 62 yards in his four rush attempts.
Second quarter would be the toughest one for the Mounders as they allowed St. Croix Central 29 points before the half would end.
During the third quarter Brady Redwine would find his way into the end zone. Redwine ran for 36 yards in 12 attempts to score the only touchdown of the game for the Elk Mound team.
Rian Flynn and Jake Mentzel got into the mix for the Mounders adding in 12 yards to the rushing game in three attempts to move the ball to the red zone.
St. Croix Central managed 14 more points in the second half showing the Mounders defense had gained strength.
Brett Lew helped the defense during the game with eight total tackles against a strong Panthers offense.
Helping Lew out on defense Brady Redwine and Mason Close had ten tackles between the pair and one forced fumble.
Elk Mound will open their conference schedule this Friday, August 31 with a home game against Mondovi at 7 p.m.
ST. CROIX CENTRAL 8, ELK MOUND 0
St. Croix Central……………………6 29 6 8
Elk Mound……………………………0 0 7 0
(SCC) 22 yd rushing TD A. Kopacz (ext point failed)
(SCC) 6 yd rushing TD K. Berg (2 pt conversion successful)
(SCC) 41 yd rushing TD A. Kopacz (ext point successful)
(SCC) 33 yd rushing TD R. Larson (ext point successful)
(SCC) 1 yd rushing TD R. Larson (ext point successful)
(EM) 1 yd rushing TD B. Redwine (ext point successful)
(SCC) 33 yd rushing TD T. Holzer (2 pt conversion failed)
(SCC) 19 yd rushing TD T. Holzer (2 pt conversion successful)
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): SCC (3-2-53-0)— A. Kopacz 3-2-53-0; EM (1-6-14-1)— C. Ward 1-6-14-1.
Rushing (att-yds): SCC (45-452)— K. Berg 7-32, Z. Holme 1-1, A. Kopacz 6-74, T. Holzer 9-100, R. Larson 8-168, M. Dado 1-0, C. Zahl 10-66, C. Becker 2-9, C. Fischer 1-2; EM (25-94)— R. Flynn 2-2, C. Ward 5- -17, B. Todd 4-62, B. Redwine 12-36, M. Jenson 1-1, J. Mentzel 1-10.
Receiving (rec-yds): SCC (2-53)— K. Berg 1-36, M. Steinmetz 1-17; EM (1-14)— R. Flynn 1-14.