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MONDOVI — The Elk Mound football team made their way to Mondovi last Friday evening, September 6, and found itself pummeled into the ground and shut out 48-0 by a tough herd of Buffalo players from Mondovi.
“Mondovi was a very physical football team and came off the ball very fast,” said Mounders’ head coach Dave Lew. “We did not play physical football and the score showed that.”
Mondovi’s physicality and dominance not only showed on the scoreboard but in the stats book. Elk Mound struggled all game to move the football and finished with just 90 offensive yards – 76 passing/receiving yards and 14 rushing yards – which is uncharacteristic for Coach Lew and his Mounder men.
Conversely, the Buffaloes racked up 464 yards of offense highlighted by quarterback Carter Johnson’s four-touchdown performance. Johnson netted 212 yards total on seven completions in ten attempts. Back-up signal caller Cade Brenner also got in the act as he completed his one and only throw for a 70-yard touchdown strike.
Mondovi also added 182 yards on the ground with Tommy Bahr rushed for 82 yards on 7 carries, Carter Johnson tacked on four carries for 57 yards and Tanner Marsh had the Buff’s lone rushing score to finish with 51 yards on eight attempts.
Mondovi wasted no time in getting the football into the end zone as they put up two touchdowns in the first quarter, one on a blocked kick returned for a touchdown by Nolan Seipel, with the kick by Raith Bauer, and the second on a 60-yard throw from Carter Johnson to Tanner Marsh, for a 13-0 lead.
Mondovi added three more passing touchdowns in the second quarter along with a two-point run and a pair of Raith Bauer extra points to take a 35-0 advantage into halftime. Carter Johnson connected with Owen Schultz on aerial scores 46 and 60 yards. Johnson also threw a 27-yard touchdown to Jackson Falkner. Those three scoring tosses account for 140 of the Buffaloes 282 passing yards.
The third quarter was much like the first with Mondovi scoring twice more on a six-yard ramble by Tanner Marsh and a 70-yard throw to Owen Schultz for his third score of the game to bring the score to 48-0.
The Mounders were able to fend off the Buffaloes in the fourth quarter to keep Mondovi from scoring again.
Chase Rhude and Ryan Bohl shared the duties at quarterback for Elk Mound, Rhude went 5-of-12 with 72 yards and Bohl had four yards in five attempts.
Rhude also attempted six times to run the ball but ended up with -17 yards in those tries.
“Our kids need to have a short-term memory and prepare for next week,” Lew explained. “It is a young season, and I am confident our athletes will continue to grow and we will build on this loss.”
Blaze Todd was the lead rusher for Elk mound with a total of 19 yards in 17 attempts, and Ethan Levra had 11 yards on a pair of rushes.
Nate Lew, Chase Rhude and Ethan Levra were on top on the defense as the trio combined for 19 tackles.
Elk Mound (0-1, 1-2) will be at home this Friday evening, September 13, against the Boyceville Bulldogs, who beat rival Glenwood City 21-18 last Friday night, to improve to 1-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix and 2-1 overall.
Before the game at 5 p.m. there will be a benefit held for Cara Dempski, former Colfax Messenger reporter, with dinner and raffles to be held at the high school.
Elk Mound………..0 0 0 0 – 0
Mondovi………….13 22 13 0 – 48
M – Blocked kick returned for TD by N. Seipel (ext. point successful)
M – 60-yard reception TD by T. Marsh (ext. point unsuccessful)
M – 46-yard reception TD by O. Schultz (two-point conversion successful)
M – 27-yard reception TD by J. Falkner (ext. point successful)
M – 67-yard reception TD by O. Schultz (ext. point successful)
M – 6-yard rushing TD by T. Marsh (ext. point unsuccessful)
M – 70-yard reception TD by O. Schultz (ext. point successful)
Individual Statistics: Passing (att-comp-yds-int): EM 17-6-76-0) C. Rhude 12-5-72, R. Bohl 5-1-4; M (11-8-282-0) C. Johnson 10-7-212, C. Brenner 1-1-70.
Rushing (att-yds): EM (31-14) C. Rhude 6- -17, B. Todd 17-19, E. Levra 2-11, A. Kaanta 5- -3, M. Jenson 1-4; M (21-182) C. Johnson 4-54, C. Brenner 1- -12, T. Marsh 5-51, D. Palubicki 1-4, T. Bahr 7-82.
Receiving (rec-yds): EM (6-82) B. Heath 4-73, B. Todd 1-4, M. Jenson 1-56; M (8-282 J. Falkner 2-24, T. Marsh 2-68, O. Schultz 3-183, N. Seipel 1-7.