By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Colfax Vikings’ football team was eliminated from WIAA playoff contention when it lost for the third straight week and fourth time in five games, falling behind early and losing 28-6 to the Hilltoppers in Glenwood City last Friday, October 5.
The game was a struggle from the beginning for Colfax due to a soggy field from the rain, making everyone and everything wet.
“We did not tackle well throughout the game,” stated head coach Matt DeMoe. “We were in the right position most of the time just didn’t make the tackle.”
The Vikings slipped to 1-4 in Dunn-St. Croix games and 3-4 overall after a promising 3-1 start to the season.
The Vikings put together a good drive on the opening possession of the game moving to the Hilltoppers’ 26, but lost some of their confidence and their momentum after a Noah Albricht throw was intercepted by Tanner Davis on the Glenwood City three yard line.
Glenwood City struck first during their second drive of the evening, running the clock down to 59 seconds of the first quarter, Dan Loring ran the ball into the end zone from five yards out and a successful kick by Tucker Lagerstom brought the score to 7-0.
“Offensively, we had a good first drive, but it ended with an interception instead of a score for us,” commented DeMoe, “If we had scored on that drive, we probably be tied going into the second quarter and we would have had more confidence.”
With 58 seconds ticked off the second-quarter clock, the Hilltoppers struck again when Caleb Peterson rambled for 30 yards and coupled with another successful kick from Lagerstrom made the score 14-0 in favor of Glenwood City.
Fumbles and incomplete passes plagued the Vikings, with four of Albricht’s incompletions coming in the first 24 minutes of the game.
The Hilltoppers scored its third touchdown later in the second quarter off of a 83-yard run by Caleb Peterson and a successful two-point conversion run from Dan Loring brought the tally to 22-0 at the end of the first half.
The Vikings held Glenwood City to one last scoring drive in the third quarter by way of a 69 yard rush by Dan Loring. The conversion pass fell incomplete for the Toppers’ 28-0 lead.
Leading the defense for the Vikings was Wyatt Olson with eight tackles on the night and Trey Hovde contributed seven more and one interception.
Dalton Schotter stepped up in the fourth quarter for Colfax, recovering a fumble from Hilltoppers quarterback Hadin DeSmith at the Vikings 47 yard line. Hovde then caught a 44-yard reception from Albricht for the touchdown and the Vikings only points of the game bringing the score to 28-6.
Albricht finished the game with 185 yards on 11-for-21 passing and had the touchdown to Hovde and an interception.
Ed Hydukovich corralled four of those completions for 82 yards and Hovde grabbed a pair including the touchdown for a total of 59 yards. Jack Hellmann caught four throws for 21 yards.
Dalton Schotter had five carries 32 yards and Mitchell Harmon added 29 yards on 12 hauls to lead the Vikings’ ground game.
“The Glenwood game was a struggle from the beginning, we need to finish more drives this week against Spring Valley,” explained DeMoe.
The Vikings will finish up the 2018 season hosting tri-leader Spring Valley in the final conference and regular season contest this Friday, October 12.
Glenwood City………..7 15 6 0 – 28
Colfax……………………0 0 0 6 – 6
GC 5 yard rushing TD by D. Loring (kick good) 0:59
GC 30 yard rushing TD by C. Peterson (kick good) 11:02
GC 83 yard rushing TD by C. Peterson (run good) 7:45
GC 69 yard rushing TD by D. Loring (run fail) 11:10
C 44 yard receiving TD by T. Hovde (run fail) 2:13
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): (GC) (4-1-5-1) H. DeSmith 4-1-5-1; C (21-11-185-1) N. Albricht 21-11-185-1.
Rushing (att-yds): (GC) (49-455) H. DeSmith 2-37, E. Hanson 6-40, D. Dean-Immerman 8-30, C. Peterson 20-204, D. Loring 13-144; (C) (27-71) M. Harmon 12-29, T. Hovde 7-12, N. Albricht 3- -2, D. Schotter 5-32.
Receiving (rec-yds): (GC) (1-5) T. Davis 1-5; (C) (11-185) T. Hovde 2-59, E. Hydukovich 4-82, J. Hellmann 4-21, C. Kiekhafer 1-23.