By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND — The Mounders’ defense of their Dunn-St. Croix football championship got off to a rough start here last Friday evening.
The Elk Mound football team found itself hand cuffed all game long by a strong and physical Mondovi squad in the August 31 conference opener for both teams.
Mounders’ all-state, senior running back Brady Redwine finished with just 56 rushing yards on 25 carries with no scores and quarterback Colton Ward managed just three completions for 39 yards against a stingy Buffaloes’ defense that helped visiting Mondovi shut down and shut out Elk Mound 20-0 at home.
“Mondovi was a very good team and came out physical,” stated Elk Mound head coach Dave Lew. “We gave up a few big plays early and could not get our offense on track.”
The Buffaloes took a 17-0 lead into the intermission on a Raith Bauer field goal and two rushing touchdowns and corresponding extra point kicks.
Bauer added his second field goal of the game midway through the third quarter for the only points of the second half as Mondovi kept a potent Elk Mound offense in check throughout the contest.
Elk Mound slipped to 0-1 in conference and 1-2 overall with Mondovi improving to 1-0 and 2-1.
After a scoreless affair for much of the opening quarter, the Buffaloes finally broke through with a 31-yard Raith Bauer field goal for a 3-0 advantage with 1:57 left in the first.
Mondovi quickly regained possession of the football less than a minute later and pushed its ensuing drive into the end zone for a touchdown on a three-yard run by Tanner Marsh. Bauer’s good PAT kick put the Buffs ahead 10-0 with 40 ticks still to play in the first quarter.
The visitors made it a 17-0 contest on quarterback Brennan Christopherson’s 8-yard touchdown run at 8:59 of the second quarter and Bauer’s extra point.
Bauer tacked on a 29-yard field goal with 6:49 to play in the third to give Mondovi a 20-0 lead.
That is how it would end as neither team scored in the final frame.
Brady Redwine and Rian Flynn tried to get the offense moving in their rushing and reception attempts, but to no avail the Mounders missed opportunities to reach the end zone.
As previously noted, Redwine rushed for 56 yards in 25 attempts while Flynn managed three receptions for 28 yards and had an interception.
Christopherson threw for 134 yards for the Buffaloes on 8-16 passing with Carter Johnson catching four receptions for 69 to lead Mondovi. Marsh had 62 yards and a touchdown to led a Buffaloes’ ground game that finished with 124 yards.
The defense struggled against a physical Mondovi team, Brett Lew led the charge with eleven tackles seven of which were solos. Marcus Kinblom tacked on another nine tackles for the team and Nate Lew added another four.
The Mounders head back to the gridiron this Friday, September 7 when they travel to Boyceville to face the winless Bulldogs.
Mondovi……….10 7 3 0 – 20
Elk Mound……..0 0 0 0 – 0
M – Raith Bauer 31-yd. field goal, 1:57
M – Tanner Marsh 3-yd. run (R. Bauer kick), 0:40
M– Brennen Christopherson 8-yd. run (R. Bauer kick), 8:59
M– Raith Bauer 20-yd. field goal, 6:49
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): M (16-8-134-1) B. Christopherson 16-8-134-1; EM (9-3-39) C. Ward 9-3-39.
Rushing (att-yds): M (39-124) C. Johnson 3-44, B. Christopherson 4-7, T. Marsh 24-62, T. Bahr 8-11; EM (33-45) C. Ward 5- (-12), B. Todd 3-1, B. Redwine 25-56.
Receiving (rec-yds): M (8-134) C. Johnson 4-69, J. Falkner 2-36, T. Marsh 2-29; EM (3-31) R. Flynn 3-31.