CLEAR LAKE — An anemic offensive performance, or lack thereof, coupled with five turnovers lead to the Boyceville Bulldogs second straight shut out loss on the gridiron in as many games this season.
As the saying goes, if you can’t move the ball it’s hard to win football games, especially when you cough up the ball.
The Bulldogs netted just 51 yards in 33 offensive plays in a August 24 non-conference contest in Clear Lake and lost three fumbles and threw a pair of interceptions – one of each were returned for touchdowns – in a 42-0 whitewashing by the home-standing Warriors.
Boyceville, who travels to rival Glenwood City this Friday evening, August 31 to open Dunn-St. Croix Conference play, saw its early season mark drop to 0-2.
Clear Lake scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters to salt away last Friday’s game. There was no scoring in the final 12-minute quarter.
Kicking off to open the game, the Boyceville defense forced Clear Lake to punt away its first possession.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs lost six yards on the first two plays of their initial offensive foray and then were hit with an illegal substitution penalty. Although the ensuing third-down play netted eight positive yards, the Bulldogs were left 13 yards shy of the line of gain and had to punt.
Taking over on the Boyceville 34 yard line following a short 17-yard punt off Brady Nye’s foot, Clear Lake needed just four running plays to put the football in the end zone for the game’s first score.
Warriors’ running back Ivan Ruble carried the ball three of the four times including a 14-yard scamper that capped the short drive with six points at the 6:50 mark of the first quarter. Boyceville stopped the two-point conversion run to keep the score at 6-0.
Another three and out by the Bulldogs would put the Warriors on the march once more.
Clear Lake drove 47 yards in nine plays. Warrior quarterback Kincaid Hughes found receiver Marshall Cain for a big 26-yard pass completion that eventually set-up Nick Sempf’s 1-yard dive that put the home team in front by 12 points with just 52 seconds left in the opening frame. Hughes made good on the conversion run and Clear Lake led 14-0.
The Warriors tacked on two more touchdowns in the second quarter.
Clear Lake recovered a Logan Knudtson fumble at the Boyceville 18 with just 29 seconds left in the quarter. A 12-yard Ivan Ruble run ended the first period.
Just two plays and some 38 seconds into quarter number two, Drew Niles crossed the goal line from four yards out to give Clear Lake its third touchdown. Niles also added the run for two points to boost the Warrior advantage to 22-0.
Less than four minutes later, Clear Lake’s offensive unit found its way into the end zone for the fourth time in the first half.
A Bulldogs’ punt of just four yards gave the Warriors a short field at the Boyceville 33. Four plays later, Nick Sempf broke free for a 26-yard TD run at 7:34. Despite an unsuccessful pass for two, Clear Lake was well in front 28-0.
Boyceville would put forth its best drive of the first half, gaining its first, first down only to have the drive end abruptly when Bulldogs’ quarterback Trevor Hollister had his pass intercepted with 55 ticks left in the half.
It was a disastrous start to the second half of play for Boyceville.
The Clear Lake defense turned back-to-back turnovers on Boyceville’s first two possessions of the third quarter into touchdowns to blow open an already runaway contest.
Three plays after taking the second-half kick off, Brendan Sempf coughed up the football and the Warriors’ Marshall Cain scooped up the loose pigskin and scooted 42 yards to pay dirt with just a minute and nine seconds gone off the third-quarter clock. Although the conversion run was stopped, Clear Lake increased its points margin to 34.
Mere second later, Clear Lake would find itself in the end zone one last time when Drew Niles picked off Bulldogs slinger Trevor Hollister’s pass and returned it 34 yards to cap the scoring at 10:36 of the third. Ruble ran in the conversion to account for the final tally of 42-0.
All but one of the Bulldogs 51 total yards came via the rushing game which was led by Ty Gundlach, who finished with 32 yards on nine carries. Brendan Sempf added nine yards on as many carries. Trevor Hollister completed just two of his ten throws for one yard and had two interceptions.
Gundlach also led the Bulldogs’ defense with 19 tackles including 12 solos.
Ivan Ruble led the Warriors ground game with 96 yards and a pair of scores on 13 carries. Nick Sempf also had 13 hauls to finish with 20 yards and a score. Niles added five carries for 14 yards and a touchdown.
Kincaid Hughes finished two-for-two passing for 52 yards.
In all, Clear Lake finished with 199 total yards.
Boyceville will not only be looking for its first win of the season this Friday in Glenwood City but a little revenge. The Hilltoppers spanked the Bulldogs 68-0 in last year’s rivalry game.
Clear Lake 42, Boyceville 0
Boyceville……….0 0 0 0 – 0
Clear Lake……..14 14 14 0 – 42
CL – Ivan Ruble 14-yd. run (run failed). 6:50.
CL – Nick Sempf 1-yd. run (Kincaid Hughes run). 0:52.
CL – Drew Niles 3-yd. run (D. Niles run). 11:17.
CL – I. Ruble 26-yd. run (pass failed). 7:00.
CL – Marshal Cain 43-yd. fumble return (run failed). 10:51.
CL – D. Niles 34-yd. interception return (I. Ruble run). 10:36.
Total Yards 51 199 Rushing 23-50 45-147
Passing 2-10-2 2-2-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-1
Punts-Ave. 5-23.2 4-39.5
Penalties-Yds. 5-30 4-40
BOYCEVILLE: Passing – Trevor Hollister 2-10 for 1 yd., 2 INTs. Receiving – Trevor Hollister 4 for -6 yds.; Brendan Sempf 9 for 9 yds.; Ty Gundlach 9 for 32 yds. Rushing -Brady Nye 1 for 1 yd. Interceptions – None. Sacks – None. Fumbles Recovered – Nathan Stuart, 1. Tackles – Ty Gundlach 19, Nathan Stuart 7. Punting – Brady Nye 5 for 116 yds. (23.2 yd. average).
CLEAR LAKE: Passing – Kincaid Hughes 2-2 for 52 yds. Receiving – Nick Sempf 1 for 26 yds.; Marshall Cain 1 for 26 yds. Rushing – Ivan Ruble 13 for 96 yds., 2 TDs; Nick Sempf 13 for 20 yds., TD; Drew Niles 5 for 14 yds., TD. Interceptions – Jarret Marlett and Drew Niles (TD), 1 each. Fumbles Recovered – Marshall Cain, Drew Niles and Joe Espeseth, 1 each. Tackles – Not Reported. Punting – Joe Espeseth 4 for 158 yds. (39.5 yd. average).