By Amber Hayden
MONDOVI — If you can’t move the football, its hard to score points and if you can’t score points, well, then its darn difficult to win as Glenwood City discovered last Friday evening in Mondovi.
A lackluster performance by the Hilltoppers in almost all phases of the game and a trio of turnovers which Mondovi turned into a pair of scores coupled with the Buffaloes speed and strength led to a 35-0 road whitewashing for Glenwood City in the September 21 Dunn-St. Croix contest.
“We didn’t play well in any phase of the game,” explained coach Toppers’ head coach Shane Strong. “Mondovi was far more physical and we had trouble matching their speed.”
Glenwood City, who lost for the second straight week and watched its conference mark fall to 2-2 and 3-3 overall, managed just 114 total yards – all on the ground – against a strong and stout Mondovi defense.
The Buffaloes (3-0, 5-1) held on to a share of the Dunn-St. Croix football lead with Spring Valley thanks not only to a rock-solid defensive effort but a well-balanced offensive attack that collected 198 yards on 31 carries, highlighted by sophomore Tanner Marsh’s 92 yard, two TD performance, and another 100 yards through the air as their quarterback Brennan Christopherson registered a pair of touchdown throws.
“This loss is on me as a head coach, it is my job to get these guys ready to play and we were not ready to play Friday night,” stated Strong.
The Buffaloes put up the first points of the game in the first quarter on a 3-yard rushing touchdown from Tanner Marsh. Raith Bauer kicked the extra point to give the hosts an early 7-0 at 8:40.
Mondovi would add two more scores in the second quarter.
The second touchdown was off an odd scoring play where quarterback Brennan Christopherson caught his own pass and completed the 21-yard touchdown at 9:49 of the second. A failed kick left Mondovi with a 13-0 advantage.
A little less than three minutes later, Christopherson ran for a 13-yard touchdown; then tossed the two-point conversion to Kadin Todd to make the score 21-0 in the Buffs favor.
That was the score at intermission.
Mondovi tacked on a pair of second-half touchdowns – one in each quarter.
At 4:56 of the third quarter, Mondovi increased the gap to 28-0 off of a nine-yard pass play from Christopherson to Logan Uschan with another successful kick from Raith Bauer to cap the scoring drive.
Tanner Marsh, who started the scoring finished it off with a 5-yard run to paydirt at 6:22 of the fourth quarter to seal the Hilltoppers’ fate. Bauer added a one last PAT to make it a 35-0 final.
Hilltopper quarterback Hadin DeSmith suffered a rough night finishing with no yards on his three attempts during the game and was sacked once by Buffaloes player Justin Rykal.
The Toppers only fared slightly better running the ball. Dan Loring gained just 40 yards in 16 attempts to lead Glenwood City. Andy Grant ran for another 26 yards and Ethan Hanson managed three yards per carry in eight attempts.
“Tanner Davis played a good game at defensive end, I also felt our two sophomore corners played a nice game against two very good receivers,” explained the Toppers’ coach.
Davis managed five tackles including one sack against the Buffaloes and Bryce Fayerweather had two assisted tackles and one sack.
“Everyone on the team needs to step up this week, including the coaching staff. We owe it to our school and our community to perform better than we did Friday night,” coach Strong said.
Glenwood City will travel out of the conference this Friday when it plays at Fall Creek before closing out the season at home against Colfax and on the road in Elk Mound.
Glenwood City…………..0 0 0 0 – 0
Mondovi…………………..7 14 7 7 – 35
MON — Tanner Marsh 3-yd. run (Raith Bauer kick). 8:40.
MON — Brennen Christopherson 21-yd. pass (kick failed). 9:49.
MON — B. Christopherson 13-yd. run (Kadin Todd pass from B. Christopherson). 6:56.
MON — Logan Uschan 9-yd. pass from B. Christopherson (R. Bauer kick). 4:56.
MON — T. Marsh 5-yd. run (R. Bauer kick). 6:22.
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): Mondovi (24-12-100-0) Cade Brenner 1-1 for -2 yds., Brennan Christopherson 23-11 for 102 yds.; GC (3-0-0-0) Hadin DeSmith 3-0 for 0 yds.
Rushing (att-yds): Mondovi (31-198) Carter Johnson 3-16, Brennan Christopherson 5-10 TD, Tanner Marsh 14-92 2 TDs, Logan Uschan 7-82, Daniel Palubicki 2-(-2); GC (38-114) Brady McCarthy 1-4, Hadin DeSmith 3-(-7), Ethan Hanson 8-24, Will Eggert 3-9, Andy Grant 1-26, Caleb Petersen 6-18, Dan Loring 16-40.
Receiving (rec-yds): Mondovi (12-100) Carter Johnson 3-10, Jackson Falkner 1-41, Brennan Christopherson 1-21 TD, Tanner Marsh 1-(-3), Owen Schultz 1-6, Logan Uschan 1-11 TD, Kadin Todd 2-18, Daniel Palubiciki 1-(-2), Nolan Seipel 1-(-2).