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Mounders’ and Redwine run over Stanley-Boyd to advance in the WIAA D5 football tournament

Rian Flynn

TOUCHDOWN— Rian Flynn (#3) makes his way to the end zone during the second quarter of the WIAA Division 5 game against Stanely-Boyd. —photo by Amber Hayden

By Amber Hayden

ELK MOUND — As good as Brady Redwine looks on the football stats sheets each week, Elk Mound’s senior running back is even more impressive in person.

Showing innate skills and break away speed, Redwine side stepped, glided and simply out ran would-be Oriole tacklers all evening long in last Friday’s WIAA Division 5, level one football playoff game held on the Mounders’ home turf.

And in the process, Redwine scored touchdown runs of 66, 42, 9, 34 and 24 yards and collected a hefty 334 yards in leading Elk Mound to a 41-23 win over Cloverbelt power Stanley-Boyd on October 19.

The win moved the Mounders to level two play this Friday, October 26 when they travel to Westby.

The fact that the Mounders were able to host the level one game was somewhat of a feat in and of itself, after fall rains and an October 5 win over Altoona left the field a muddy mess.

Elk Mound’s administration quickly moved the regular season home finale against Glenwood City to UW-Stout which gave the turf time to dry and mend in time last Friday’s playoff opener at home.

“Our administration was great, they knew we could get a home game here,” stated head coach Dave Lew, “This field was under water so they pulled the trigger right away. I can’t thank the Elk Mound administration enough for giving our seniors another home game and this field is great.”

The field seemed just fine for running on October 19,especially for Redwine and the Mounders.

Following an exchange of punts to open the game, Elk Mound quickly took control. Just two plays into its second offensive possession, Elk Mound found pay dirt as Redwine made his way to the end zone, untouched by the Oriole’s defense on a 66-yard dash.

Brady Redwine

ONE MORE RUN— Brady Redwine (#28) takes it on a run again and putting up 334 yards during the game against Stanely-Boyd. —photo by Amber Hayden

“You have to tackle him (Redwine) to bring him down,” stated Lew.

Jake Mentzel added the extra point kick for a 7-0 Mounders led with 7:59 left in the first.

Elk Mound took the ball back near midfield but were faced with a third and four at the Orioles 42 following an illegal procedure penalty and took a time out at 3:59. Just seven seconds later Redwine not only found a Mounders first down but the end zone on a 42-yard score, and with Mentzel’s kick, brought the game to a 14-0 Elk Mound lead.

The Orioles would not stay silent or scoreless in the first quarter as Willy Burch-Reynolds charged his way into the end zone from a yard out with a minute left in the quarter making it 14-7.

It took Elk Mound all of 1:19 of the second quarter for the Mounders to move the ball 50 yards on seven plays capped by Brady Redwine’s third score, this one from nine yards. Mentzel’s kick brought the score to 21-7 in Elk Mound’s favor.

It would be the first of three Elk Mound scores in the second quarter.

“The defense was well prepared as they studied a lot of film, the defensive coordinator made sure they knew their assignments this week and they take a lot of pride in this defense. They don’t like to give up yards,” Lew explained.

Several incomplete passes by the Orioles quarterback LJ Schmelzer and a broken up play on fourth down by Elk Mound’s Rian Flynn gave the Mounders back the ball.

Flynn took no time in finding his way in for the score and a successful kick from Jake Mentzel put the Mounders ahead 28-7.

Stanley-Boyd would go three plays on the next series before punting it back to the Mounders as Rian Flynn took it back to the 48 yard line of Orioles territory.

Redwine carried the ball down field for 46 yards in five rushes including a 34-yard touchdown dash, his fourth of the contest. Adding in a Mentzel PAT, Elk Mound enjoyed a 35-7 halftime lead.

The Orioles started the third quarter with a defensive penalty for an illegal block in the back negating ten of the yards they had managed to carry the ball. But with two more incomplete passes and a couple rush attempts Stanley-Boyd would turn the ball back over to the Mounders.

Elk Mound burned off three minutes on their following possession ending with Redwine’s fifth and final rushing TD, this from 24 yards. Mentzel’s kick was blocked by Oriole Noah Gillingham which had the Mounders’ lead at 41-7.

Stanley-Boyd’s defense held the Mounders for the rest of the evening, Elk Mound’s secondary line of defense came in during the fourth quarter and struggled to stop the Orioles as they scored with one minute left in the third quarter off a 20-yard pass to LJ Schmelzer.

The fourth quarter was scoreless until the 2:24 mark when Stanley-Boyd scored once more off a 35-yard reception by wide receiver Noah Gillingham bringing the final score to 41-23 favoring Elk Mound.

Blaze Todd had a strong showing for the Mounders, giving Redwine a bit of relief in between plays. Todd put up 34 yards on eight rushes and eight tackles against the Orioles.

BRING HIM DOWN— Brett Lew (#99) takes down Stanely-Boyd running back Willia Burich-Reynolds during the first game of the WIAA Division 5 tournament. —photo by Amber Hayden

“Blaze is a great junior who is going to run hard for us next year too,” stated Lew.

Max Marquardt and Brett Lew led the defensive line with 12 tackles a piece, Brady Redwine contributed ten assisted tackles, and Mason Close tacked on nine tackles as well.

Coach Lew will look for his secondary defense to improve over the next week before their meeting with the Westby Norsemen, it is also his belief that the offensive line needs to improve in sustaining the box better.

Stanley-Boyd……………..7     0   8    8   –  23
Elk Mound……………….14   21    6   0   –  41

First Quarter
EM 65 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick good) 7:52
EM 42 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick good) 3:52
SB 1 yard rushing TD by W. Burch-Reynolds (kick good) 1:01

Second Quarter
EM 9 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick good) 10:41
EM 7 yard rushing TD by R. Flynn (kick good) 4:56
EM 34 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick good) 4:02

Third Quarter
EM 23 yard rushing TD by B. Redwine (kick fail) 4:17
SB 20 yard reception TD by L. Schmelzer (kick good) 1:01

Fourth Quarter
SB 35 yard reception TD by N. Gillingham (run good) 2:24

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Passing (att-comp-yds-int): (SB) (25-11-154-0) L. Schmelzer 25-11-154-0; (EM) (2-2-35-0) C. Ward 2-2-35-0.

Rushing (att-yds): (SB) (39-134) L. Schmelzer 18-67, B. Chwala 6-27, C. Nichols 3-18, W. Burch-Reynolds 6-14, B. Potaczek 5-7, N. Gillingham 1-1; (EM) (55-398) B. Redwine 3-334, B. Todd 8-31, R. Flynn 5-24, C. Rhude 1-12, E. Levra 1-1, L. Schultz 5-0, C. Ward 2- -4.

Receiving (rec-yds): (SB) (11-154) N. Gillingham 3-67, W. Burch-Reynolds 5-33, M. Campbell 1-25, B. Milas 1-20, B. Chwala 1-9; (EM) (2-35) R. Flynn 2-35. 

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