By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND – Elk Mound rallied for three, second-half touchdowns at home last Friday night including the game-winning score in the fourth quarter against a tough Durand Panthers team to claim a hard fought 28-21 victory in a key Dunn-St. Croix football battle.
The win improved the Mounders conference record to 2-1 and 3-2 overall.
“Both teams played very hard and it was a great high school football game to be a part of,” according to Mounders’ head coach Dave Lew.
The offensive line along with the fullbacks made senior Brady Redwine’s job a little easier as he rushed for 206 yards on 28 carries – a whopping 7.4 yard average – and three of Elk Mound’s four touchdowns, caught a pass for another 38 yards and managed eight total tackles during the September 14 game.
Durand was the first to strike in last Friday’s conference contest. The Panthers scored a touchdown and extra point kick in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Elk Mound came back with six points in the second quarter but missed the conversion try to trail by a point, 7-6, at the intermission.
Both squads cranked up their offensive production in the third quarter as the Panthers and the Mounders both scored a pair of touchdown. A two-point conversion allowed Elk Mound to edge Durand in the quarter scoring, 15-14, which knotted the game at 21 all heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
Elk Mound scored the only points of the fourth quarter – a touchdown and extra point – to gain a 28-21 home win.
“I thought as a team it was a total team effort when every player, coach and fan helped us win this victory,” stated Lew.
Mounders’ quarterback Colton Ward went 7-of-13 for 63 yards passing with a touchdown to Rian Flynn and added 37 yards on the ground.
Flynn finished with four catches for 19 yards and Marcus Kinblom had a reception for six yards.
Leading the defense was Brett Lew with 14 tackles, Max Marquardt contributed another eight and Marcus Kinblom and Ryan Zurbuchen each walked away with six tackles.
The Mounders caused the Panthers to go through three quarterbacks during the game, but Durand managed to get 202 passing yards against a strong Elk Mound defense.
“The defense played well and made big plays when they needed, especially on the last stop and fumble recovery,” stated coach Lew.
This Friday, September 21, Elk Mound will head to Colfax to take on the Vikings in a heated rivalry match with game time slated for at 7 p.m.
Elk Mound………………0 6 15 7 – 28
Durand…………………..7 0 14 0 – 21
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): EM (13-7-62-0) Colton Ward 13-7-62-0; D (20-11-202-1) T. Tulip 17-9-157-1, B. Ingli 1-1-13-0, J. Biesterveld 2-1-32-0.
Rushing (att-yds): EM (37-243) R. Flynn 1-0, C. Ward 8-27, B. Redwine 28-206; D (33-90) T. Tulip 9- -3, B. Ingli 10-20, S. Bauer 11-52, C. Schlosser 2-21.
Receiving (rec-yds): EM (6-63) R. Flynn 4-19, B. Redwine 1-38, M. Kinbolm 1-6; D (11-202) S. Sabelko 2-10, S. Bauer 3-118, L. Zeilinger 1-3, C. Scholsser 1-15, K. O’Keefe 4-56.