By Amber Hayden
DURAND — The Bulldogs’ football team traveled to Durand last Friday evening to take on the Panthers in their final game of conference play and second to last game of the season.
Durand’s running game proved to be too much for Boyceville as the Panthers racked up 380 of its 418 offensive yards on the ground to best winless Boyceville, 39-8, in the October 5 Dunn-St. Croix contest played at Durand’s Bauer Built Sports Complex.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs, who finished with less than 100 yards of total offense, to 0-8 overall and an 0-6 finish in conference action for the 2018 season.
The Panthers struck twice during the first quarter of the game.
Panthers’ quarterback T.J. Tulip opened the game’s scoring on a 25-yard ramble for six points at the 4:42 mark of the first quarter. A successful two-point conversion by Simon Bauer put the Panthers in front 8-0.
Two and a half minutes later, Simon Bauer rushed 10 yards for Durand’s second touchdown. The kick after touchdown missed the uprights leaving the score at 14-0.
As the game moved into the second quarter of action, Boyceville continued to be shut out of the end zone while Durand found pay dirt three more times to lead 32-0 at halftime.
Durand scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, two of which came within two minutes of one another.
Tulip found his way to the end zone once again from two yards out at the 9:33 mark. Bauer ran 70 yards for his second touchdown at 7:33. Then with 1:29 remaining in the first half Ceejay Schlosser carried the ball over the goal line from five yards away to increase the Panthers lead to 32-0.
All three ensuing two-point conversion attempts were unsuccessful.
Durand’s final score came at 8:13 of the third quarter when Schlosser scored his second touchdown on a 3-yard romp. Tulip kick the point after to give the Panthers a 39 to zip advantage.
Boyceville did not find the end zone until just 21 seconds were left on the final quarter clock on what was the Bulldogs’ biggest offensive play of the game.
That was when Trevor Hollister flung a 69-yard throw for his only completion in five attempts to Brendan Sempf for the touchdown. Brendan Sempf then ran in the conversion to make the final score 39-8 and saved the Boyceville from being shut out.
Brendan Sempf’s six-point reception was one of his four of the night for a total of 92 yards receiving to lead the Bulldogs.
Connor Sempf, who played quarterback for much of the game, finished with only 34 yards and two interceptions on a 6-for-18 passing performance
Boyceville, unfortunately, finished in the negative for rushing, losing 11 yards on 18 total carries. Trevore Hollister was the only Bulldogs’ rusher to finish with positive yards, gaining 18 yards in eight hauls.
Boyceville’s last game of the season is this Friday, October 12 when they host a 2-6 Cadott team.
Boyceville……………..0…….0…..0…..8 – 8
Durand………………..14….18…..7….0 – 39
D 25 yard rushing TD by T. Tulip (run good) 4:42
D 10 yard rushing TD by S. Bauer (run fail) 2:02
D 2 yard rushing TD by T. Tulip (run fail) 9:33
D 70 yard rushing TD by S. Bauer (run fail) 7:33
D 5 yard rushing TD by C. Schlosser (run fail) 1:29
D 3 yard rushing TD by C. Schlosser (kick good)
BV 69 yard receiving TD by B. Sempf (run good) 0:21
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): (D) (9-4-38-0) T. Tulip 9-4-38-0; BV (23-7-103) T. Hollister 5-1-69-0, C. Sempf 18-6-34.
Rushing (att-yds): (D) (52-380) S. Sabelko 4-10, T. Tulip 9-63, B. Ingli 6-11, S. Bauer 16-206, L. Zeilinger 3-15, C. Schlosser 9-53, B. Baker 3-22; (BV) (18- -11) T. Hollister 8-18, C. Sempf 5- -31, B. Sempf 2- -2, T. Gundlach 1-4.
Receiving (rec-yds): (D) (4-38) B. Ingli 2-10, K. O’Keefe 2-28; (BV) (7-103) B. Sempf 4-92, B. Nye 1-4.