By Amber Hayden
COLFAX – For the first time in four years, the Vikings brought home a conference football win in the Dunn-St. Croix beating Boyceville 42-8 on September 14.
Not only was it the first conference win for the Vikings in quite some time, it also fell on an important night for the school as Colfax celebrated homecoming.
The night did not start how the Vikings had hoped as Brendan Sempf of the Bulldogs would run in for a touchdown only 12 seconds into the game, but Colfax banded together in order to hold Boyceville to only 8 points the rest of the night as it scored 42 unanswered points for the win.
“I was glad for the boys, we played well. But we need to get better offensively and defensively we did well,” stated Vikings’ head coach Matt DeMoe.
The offense struggled with turnovers on downs during the first half as well as suffering losses from penalties, but the Vikings would not let it alter their thinking about winning.
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 left the Vikings down 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.
Noah Albricht found his targets down field, completing seven throws in 18 attempts for 158 yards and a touchdown to Jackson Hellmann and threw one interception. Albricht also rushed for 16 yards including a quarterback keeper to score the Vikes’ fifth touchdown of the game.
During the fourth quarter, freshmen quarterback Bryce Sikora came into the game rushing for 43 yards in two attempts.
Dalton Schotter and Mitch Harmon led Colfax’ ground attack, rushing for a combined 191 yards and three touchdowns in 33 attempts. Schotter, who left the game during the fourth quarter and did not return after getting the wind knocked out of him leaving him slightly dazed, finished with 91 yards and two scores on 13 carries. Harmon tallied 100 yards on 20 hauls for a TD.
Hunter Rebak came in to help relieve Schotter and Harmon and picking up 17 yards during his first run of the game and getting 22 yards overall.
“George Scharlau pulled a muscle in his stomach and it is doubtful he will play next week which hurts, he’s a big player for us,” commented DeMoe.
Before exiting the game in the first quarter, Scharlau had one reception for 15 yards which resulted in a Vikings first down.
Cole Kiekhafer and Dalton Schotter led the defense with five tackles a piece three of which were loss of yards for the Bulldogs.
Boyceville’s one interception was snared by Trey Hovde who returned it for 15 yards, and also tipped away the ball twice and had three tackles. Mitch Harmon recovered a fumble and returned it for a 30-yards touchdown in the third quarter.
Colfax, who improved to 1-1 in conference games and 3-1 overall, will host its rival the Elk Mound Mounders this Friday, September 21 and are practicing to take on the Mounders’ feared running back Brady Redwine.
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 7-13, 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.