By Amber Hayden
COLFAX – Boyceville got off to a tremendously quick start last Friday in Colfax.
The Bulldogs scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in just 12 seconds to establish an early 8-0 advantage in their Dunn-St. Croix football battle with the Vikings.
“You couldn’t draw up a better way to how things started,” said Jordan Anderson, Boyceville’s head coach. “Recover the opening kick and then score on the first play from scrimmage.”
Unfortunately, Boyceville never found its way back into the end zone or any other scoring opportunities for the remaining 47 minutes and 48 seconds of the game.
Instead, a determined group of Vikings reeled off 42 unanswered points en route to claiming a 42-8 homecoming victory in the September 14 contest.
Ironically, Colfax provided Boyceville with its only conference win last season. But penalties and incomplete passes wreaked havoc on the Bulldogs, who spent much of the game going backwards in the loss that kept them winless (0-3, 0-5) in the 2018 season.
“I give Colfax all sorts of credit,” added Anderson. “They weathered the storm and took control form that point on!”
Brendan Sempf put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard just 12 seconds into the game when he ran 39 yards for the touchdown.
Bulldogs’ quarterback Trevor Hollister ran in for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead with 11:48 still left in the first quarter.
That was about it for the Bulldogs offensive production with 123 yards in total.
Sempf tallied 86 rushing yards and the Bulldogs lone score on 17 carries with nearly half coming the touchdown run. Ty Gundlach contributed another 16 yards in his nine attempts.
Trevor Hollister started off the game for the Bulldogs, but could not find a way to get the ball downfield to a target going 2-for-9 for only three yards.
Connor Sempf came in during the second half to try to get things started for Boyceville completing two of his six passes downfield for 18 yards.
Turnovers by Colfax favored the Bulldogs, one of which resulted in Boyceville reaching the red zone, but the other opportunities went for naught as the Bulldogs could not manage to break through the Vikings defense and into the end zone.
“It as nice to see our offense coming along and able to produce plays and drives,” Anderson noted, “But it sweemed like every third and long they converted and every third and long we faced, we missed big opportunities to convert.”
Colfax receiver Jackson Hellmann and quarterback Noah Albricht connected on a 39-yard touchdown pass to give Colfax its first score at 9:42. A failed run kept the Boyceville in front, 8-6.
But that would change in short order.
Colfax grabbed its first lead on Dalton Schotter’s three-yard run to pay dirt. Mitchell Harmon ran in the two-point conversion for a 14-8 Vikings’ lead – one they would not relinquish.
Harmon also scored a late second-quarter touchdown and added the two points on a run to extend Colfax’s advantage to 22-8 at the half.
Harmon scored the first TD of the second half on a 30-yard fumble return to the end zone at 7:22. Another two-point run for Harmon saw the Vikes’ lead grow to 30-8.
Albricht struck pay dirt on a one-yard run at 2:26 of the third and despite the missed conversion pass to Ed Hydukovich, Colfax was in front 36-8.
Schotter added the Vikings final score with just 2:40 left in the fourth quarter, when he scored on a 37-yard jaunt to make the final 42-8 following a missed run for two.
Harmon and Schotter led the Vikings’ rushing offense with 100 yards and a touchdown and 91 yards and two touchdowns respectively. QB Noah Albricht threw seven completions for 158 more yards and another six. Jackson Hellmann caught threw of those passes for 75 yards and a score.
The Bulldogs Brady Nye and Jaden Reismer caught two receptions a piece for 6 yards, Gundlach added in one more reception for 14 yards and Nathan Stuart led the defense with 11 tackles during the game.
Boyceville fought back in the fourth quarter with several more trips into Colfax territory but Brendan Sempf came up short of the first down on a fourth and inches resulting in another Boyceville turnover on downs.
Boyceville returns home this Friday, September 21 to host conference co-leader Spring Valley.
Colfax……………………….14 8 14 6 – 42
Boyceville……………………8 0 0 0 – 8
BV – B. Sempf 39-yd. run (run good), 11:48.
COL – 36 yard receiving TD by J. Hellmann from N. Albricht (run failed), 9:42.
COL – 3 yard rushing TD by D. Schotter (M. Harmon run), 6:04.
COL – 3 yard rushing TD by M. Harmon (M. Harmon run), 1:14.
COL – 30 yard fumble return by M. Harmon (pass to Hydukovich), 7:22.
COL – 1 yard rushing TD by N. Albricht (run failed), 2:26.
COL -37 yard receiving TD by D. Schotter (run failed), 2:40.
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): BV (15-4-21-1) T. Hollister 9-2-3-1, C. Sempf 6-2-18-0; C (18-7-158) N. Albricht 18-7-158.
Rushing (att-yds): BV ( 28-92) B. Sempf 17-86, T. Gundlach 9-16, N. Stuart 1-0, L. Knutdson 2- -1, J. Reismer 1- -6; C (41-272) M. Harmon 20-100, D. Schotter 13-91, N. Albricht 3-16, H. Rebak 3-22, B. Sikora 2-43.
Receiving (rec-yds): BV (4-21) T. Gundlach 1-14, B. Nye 1-3, J. Reisemer 2-3; C (7-158) G. Scharlau 1-15, E. Hydukovich 2-64, J. Hellmann 3-75, 2 1-4.