By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — The Colfax and Elk Mound football squads renewed their long-running, gridiron rivalry last Friday evening at Colfax’s LP Bjurquist Athletic Complex with both teams looking to claim a win in the key Dunn-St. Croix contest with playoff implications.
In the end, the Mounders won for the fourth straight year and moved within one conference win of locking up a berth in the next month’s WIAA football playoffs for the fourth consecutive season as they outscored the host Vikings by 28 points in a 42-14 victory on September 21.
Elk Mound won its third straight conference contest to improve to 3-1 in the conference standings and 4-2 overall. Meanwhile, Colfax, who last beat the Mounders 54-20 back in the 2014 campaign, fell to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the D-SC and will likely need to win its final three conference games to make the playoffs.
To have a chance to beat Elk Mound for the first time in five years, Colfax knew it would have to contain Brady Redwine, the Mounders’ senior running back.
The Vikings were unable to do that as Redwine rambled for 184 yards and five of Elk Mound’s six touchdowns on the night.
The Vikings, who received the game’s opening kick off, started on their 14 yard line but a nice pass from Noah Albricht to Trey Hovde was negated by a personal foul which moved Colfax back for a third and long. An incomplete pass to Ed Hydukovich was followed by a punt that gave Elk Mound its first drive of the game.
“Elk Mound was a lot more physical up front than we were. We had a lot of trouble getting penetration on their offense,” Vikings’ head coach Matt DeMoe stated.
The Mounders started at the 48 yard line and another penalty was called, this time on Elk Mound’s Rian Flynn for holding, to make it a first and 20 for the Mounders.
Brady Redwine then took charge. He ran the ball for 60 yards in five plays including a 2-yard scoring run for the Mounders first touchdown of the game. Jake Mentzel booted the successful extra point, bringing the score 7-0 at 8:21 of the first quarter.
Colfax took over at the 30 yard line but it was another unsuccessful drive for the Vikings, going only 9 yards off of a six yard catch to Jackson Hellmann from Noah Albricht and a three yard rush by Mitch Harmon.
“We challenged our seniors all week because of the rivalry, we challenged them asking what legacy do they want to leave,” Lew stated.
With ten seconds left in the first quarter, Redwine ran the football 29 yards for his and Elk Mound’s second touchdown. A good kick off the foot of Mentzel made the score 14-0.
Noah Albricht headed back on to the field for the second quarter in hopes of leading Colfax’s offense to the end zone, but Harmon’s run for no gain, an incomplete pass to Trey Hovde and a quarterback sack by Mounders’ player Mason Close forced Vikings to punt the ball back into Elk Mound’s hands.
A bad Colfax snap on the punt was scooped up by Brady Redwine who ran it in from 21 yards out for his third six-point score in just over 12 minutes to give Elk Mound a 20-0 push after Mentzel missed the PAT kick with 11:09 to play in the first half.
Albricht and the Vikings offense marched back on the field looking to get something going for the Colfax squad, but starting on the ten yard line things looked bleak at best.
Ed Hydukovich helped the Vikings out of the shadow of its own goal post as he caught the first ball of the Vikings’ drive for 14 yards. Hydukovich added two receptions for 14 more yards.
“For us offensively, Noah played better and didn’t turn the ball over, we need that from here on out,” commented coach DeMoe.
The Vikings went for it on fourth down, hoping to convert and gain a fresh set of downs, only to be thwarted by incomplete pass to Hydukovich which gave the Mounders the ball at the 41 yard line.
Blaze Todd scored on a 15-yard run during the next Mounders’ drive of the game and Rian Flynn grabbed the conversion pass from Colton Ward for two points and a 28-0 Elk Mound lead.
But the Mounders were not done scoring in the first half.
With a one second left before intermission, Brady Redwine managed his fourth touchdown of the night on a five-yard run. Mentzel successfully kicked the extra point and the Mounder led 35-0 at the end of the first half.
During the third quarter, the Vikings’ defense held the Mounders to one touchdown – a seven-yard Brady Redwine run coupled with another successful extra point attempt by Mentzel had Elk Mound leading 42-0 with 8:19 remaining in the third.
After his fifth touchdown of the game, Redwine exited the game to give other EM players a chance at some varsity game time.
“We got every kid in our program in tonight except a few that were not suited up,” stated Lew, “The whole team came out with a lot of fire tonight.”
Colfax turned up the defensive heat later in the second half, holding the Mounders to a scoreless fourth quarter and managing two scoring drives of its own.
An 18-yard reception to Jackson Hellmann led to Colfax’s first points of the night. Mitch Harmon tried for the two-point conversion but was stopped just short of the goal line bringing it to 42-6 at 10:28 of the fourth quarter.
Two minutes later the Vikings took an injury time out as line backer Brett Foyt was hurt during an Elk Mound drive.
“Brett (Foyt) has been battling back pain for about a year now,” stated DeMoe, “he has the worst issues when he gets compressed in a big collision.”
The game’s final drive resulted in Colfax’s second and final touchdown of the game. Albricht connected with Cole Kiekhafer from 15 yards out for the score with just 47 seconds left on the game clock. Kiekhafer also caught the two-point conversion pass from Albricht to bring the final score to 42-14.
Besides Redwine’s 184 yards, the Mounders got 27 yards on two attempts from Rian Flynn, a 15-yard score by Todd and 21 yards on five carries from Colton Ward, who also threw for 58 yards on 3-of-3 passing.
Albricht led the Vikings’ offense with 187 yards on 16-for-31 passing. Mitch Harmon had five rushes for 21 yards to top the Vikings’ running chart.
The Vikings’ defense was led by Dalton Schotter and Wyatt Olson with a combined 11 tackles 2 of which resulted in a loss of 6 yards a piece.
The Mounders Max Marquardt had nine tackles with Nate Lew, Brett Lew, Mason Chase and Brady Redwine registering eight each.
Elk Mound travels to Spring Valley and Colfax will make the trek to Durand for the next round of conference games this Friday, September 28.
Colfax…………………….0 0 0 14 – 14
Elk Mound…………….14 21 7 0 – 42
EM – 2 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick good) 8:21
EM – 29 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick good) 0:10
EM – 21 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick failed) 11:09
EM – 15 yard rushing TD by B. Todd (run good) 4:24
EM – 5 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick good) 0:09
EM – 7 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick good) 8:19
COL – 18 yard reception TD by J. Hellman (run failed) 10:28
COL – 15 yard reception TD by Keikhafer (run good) 0:47
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): (EM) (3-3-58-0) C. Ward 3-3-58-0; C (31-17-189-0) N. Albricht 31-17-189-0.
Rushing (att-yds): EM (29-233) R. Flynn 2-27, C. Ward 5-21, B. Redwine 21-184, E. Levra 1-1; C (5-21) M. Harmon 5-21.
Receiving (rec-yds): EM (3-58) R. Flynn 2-28, B. Redwine 1-30; C (17-189) T. Hovde 4-35, E. Hydukovich 4-42, J. Hellmann 3-46, C. Kiekhafer 6-65.