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Cardinals overcome Bulldogs’ defensive effort to fly away with football victory

HARD HIT — Boyceville’s Logan Knutdson took a hard hit following a short pass reception that caused him to fumble the ball. Knutdson was injured on the play and had to be helped off the field and did not return. Spring Valley recovered the fumble which led to the game’s first score in the first quarter. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

BOYCEVILLE — True to its modus operandi (m.o.), the Boyceville defense was stout and determined to begin last Friday night’s Dunn-St. Croix football contest at Evenson Field, holding the vaunted Spring Valley offense to just six points through the first 12 minutes of play.

But as they have all season long, the Bulldogs’ gridiron fortunes soon soured.

Spring Valley racked up three touchdowns and 20 points in the second quarter for a 26-0 halftime lead before adding 15 more points in the third including a second-half kick return for six to post a 41-16 win in the September 21 contest.

Boyceville scored its two touchdowns and corresponding two-points conversions in the waning minutes of the fourth and final quarter.

“Every week so far this season our defense has come out strong and battled through,” said second-year Boyceville head coach Jordan Anderson.

“All season, however, we just have bad stretches in the games,” continued Anderson. “Tonight we battled tough but then put ourselves in bad spots and what was a hard fought game, turned into a 26-0 game at half time.”

“It’s hard to dig yourself out of a hole when that is the common theme,” added Anderson.

The loss, Boyceville’s sixth straight in as many games, dropped the Bulldogs conference mark to 0-4 and officially eliminated them from playoff consideration in 2018.

Spring Valley, who stayed tied atop the D-SC standings with Mondovi at 3-0, had a difficult time moving the ball against the Boyceville defense.

After punting away the opening possession of the game, the Bulldogs forced the Cardinals to do the same.

But on the first play from scrimmage on its second offensive foray, disaster struck.

Connor Sempf, who returned to quarterback the Bulldogs following an injury back in August, threw a quick completion to Logan Knudtson who was prompted tackled hard causing him to fumble the ball. Valley’s Travis Murty recovered the ball on the Boyceville 28 while Knudtson had to he helped off the field and did not return.

The Cardinals capitalized on the turnover with quarterback Aaron Borgerding converting it into a one-yard touchdown five plays later. Although Borgerding missed the Point-After-Touchdown kick, Spring Valley drew first blood to lead 6-0 at 3:35 of the first.

Spring Valley would kick open the scoring flood gates in the second quarter.

Nate Fesenmaier scored a pair of six pointers on runs of four and three yards, at 9:34 and 3:25 respectively to boost the visiting Cardinals’ advantage to 20-0 following a pair of successful kicks from Borgerding.

BIG MAN SCORES — Boyceville sophomore lineman Tristan Bowell (#60) carried the ball into the end zone for the Bulldogs’ first touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Bowell scored from three yards out but had a 10-yard carry on the previous play to set up his first career touchdown with 4:07 to play. —photo by Shawn DeWitt

The score would expand to 26-0 when Borgerding found a wide open Dylan Bosshart in the flat and tossed him the ball. Bosshart did the rest, rambling past the Boyceville defenders en route to a 34-yard touchdown with just 1:43 remaining in the first half. Borgerding’s PAT kick went wide to leave the score 26-0 at the intermission.

The Cards needed just 12 seconds of the third-quarter clock to add another touchdown.

Carter Deppa took Dominic Schreiber’s second-half kickoff and returned it 85 yards to paydirt. Borgerding found an open Dakota Kerr for the two-point conversion pass to make it a 34-0 contest.

Borgerding would add Spring Valley’s sixth and final TD on a four-yard run at 4:05 of the third and with the kick, Spring Valley led 41-0.

It was not until late in the fourth quarter that Boyceville was finally able to get its offense on track to the end zone.

Battling Cardinal substitutes, Boyceville brought in its “Jumbo Package” to plow into the end zone. Lineman Tristan Bowell covered the final 13 yards with a run of ten yards and then a three-yard push into the end zone at 4:07 to put Boyceville on the board with six. Ty Gunlach added the conversion run to make it 41-8.

The Cardinals’ back-up quarterback  Nolan Stans fumbled his first snap from scrimmage and Hunter Nye recovered to give the Bulldogs the ball on the SV 36.

It took just two plays for Boyceville to find the end zone again. Connor Sempf threw a 22-yard pass completion to Ty Gundlach on first down. On the ensuing play, Gundlach took the hand off and ran 14 yards for the score with 1:35 left. Gundlach scored on the conversion run to make the final 41-16.

Spring Valley outgained Boyceville 292 to 180 with a 225 to 119 advantage in rushing, The teams were nearly even in the passing department with Valley getting 67 yards  and Boyceville 61. The Bulldogs also had three turnovers to just one for the Cards.

Nate Fesenmaier led all rushers with 102 yards and two scores while teammate Dylan Bosshart had 82 yards.

Brendan Sempf topped the Bulldogs’ rushers with 23 carries for 62 yards and Ty Gundlach finished with 40 yards and a TD on three carries. Connor Sempf finished 9-for-20 passing for 61 yards and two picks.

Boyceville will host 5-1 Mondovi for this Friday’s homecoming contest.

Spring Valley 41, Boyceville 16

Boyceville………0            0            0           16  – 16

Spring Valley….6           20           15          0  – 41

1st Quarter

SV – Aaron Borgerding 1-yd. run (kick failed). 3:35.

2nd Quarter

SV – Nate Fesenmaier 4-yd. run (A. Borgerding run). 9:34.

SV – N. Fesenmaier 3-yd. run (A. Borgerding kick). 3:25.

SV – Dylan Bosshart 34-yd. pass from A. Borgerding (A. Borgerding run). 1:43.

3rd Quarter

SV – Carter Deppa 85-yd. kickoff return (Dakota Kerr pass from A. Borgerding). 11:48.

SV – A. Borgerding 4-yd. run (A. Borgerding kick). 4:05.

4th Quarter

BV – Triston Bowell 3-yd. run (Ty Gundlach  run). 4:07.

BV – Ty Gundlach 14-yd. run (Ty Gundlach  run). 1:35.


BOYCEVILLE: Passing – Connor Sempf 9-20 for 61 yds. Receiving – Trevor Hollister 2 for 15yds.; Brendan Sempf 2 for 9 yds.; Bailey Danovsky 1 for 5 yds.; Ty Gundlach 3 for 31 yds. Rushing – Brendan Sempf 23 for  62 yds.; Ty Gundlach 3 for 40 yds., TD; Triston Bowell 2 for 13 yds., TD; Jaden Reisimer 3 for 12 yds.. Interceptions – Hunter Anderson, 1. Punting – Hunter Nye 5 for 79 yds. (15.8 yd. average).

SPRING VALLEY: Passing – Aaron Borgerding 4-7 for 67 yds., TD. Receiving – Dylan Bosshart 2 for 37 yds., TD; Carter Deppa 1 for 21 yds.; Nate Fesenmaier 1 for 9 yds. Rushing – Nate Fesenmaier 18 for 102 yds., 2 TDs; Dylan Bosshart 8 for 82 yds.; Aaron Borgerding 10 for 39 yds., 2 TDs; Jackson Stein 1 for 4 yds.; Max Schmitt 2 for 2 yds. Interceptions – Dakota Kerr. Fumbles Recovered – One. Punting – Aaron Borgerding 3 for 68 yds. (22.7 yd. average). 

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