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By Laura Giammattei
SPRING VALLEY — The Boyceville Bulldogs traveled to Spring Valley last Friday where they were stunned by the fifth-ranked Division 6 Cardinals to suffer a 41-0 shutout.
It was a monumental struggle on both sides of the ball, as the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-3) accumulated just 40 offensive yards to the Cardinals (6-0, 3-0) 330 yards in the September 27 contest.
Spring Valley pounced early, scoring 20 points in the first quarter and an additional 15 in the second to lead 35-0 at halftime. A scoreless third quarter brought things to the final 12 minutes of regulation where the Cardinals marched to the end zone once more.
Head coach Michael Roemhild noted that they were missing a few key players (Logan Knudtson, Brady Helland and Tyler Dormanen), who are now out for the year.
“It hurts when you lose three starters from the week before,” he said. “We have guys that are playing in spots they have never played before and some younger guys that are having to play varsity as well.”
Boyceville quarterback Connor Sempf managed to scrape up 34 passing yards, finding Brendan Sempf on three passes for 24 yards, Jacob Granley once for seven yards and Kyle Lipke once for three yards.
Boyceville did not fare any better on the ground, pushing forward for a gain of 36, but being forced back 23, totaling just 13 rushing in the end. Nathan Stuart finishe with 11 yards on two carries to lead the Bulldogs.
Spring Valley rushed for 280 yards topped by Brayden Wolf’s 114-yard, two-touchdown performance.
“We just couldn’t do much offensively and didn’t have an answer to shut them down on defense,” Roemhild remarked. “They [Spring Valley] are a very athletic team. A lot of those guys are basketball players, wrestlers, baseball players and track athletes, and it showed on the field. Our goal from here on out is to show improvement in the little things.”
The Bulldogs prepare for another tough game, as they meet with the undefeated and state-ranked Buffaloes (6-0, 3-0) this Friday at Mondovi High School. Mondovi has yet to concede any points so far this season and is currently averaging 49 points per game.
“We know they are going to run hard and hit hard,” Roemhild said of the Mondovi team. “We just need to come out composed and try to do the little things right.”