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By Laura Giammattei, Sports Correspondent
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Hilltoppers conceded a total of 61 unanswered points to the Mondovi Buffaloes in a 61-0 Dunn-St. Croix Conference (D-SC) shutout Friday at Glenwood City High School.
The Buffaloes (6-0, 3-0), who are currently ranked 6th place in Division 5 polls and have shutout every team they have played thus far this season, put up 48 of those points in the first half alone. They tacked on 28 points in the first quarter, beginning with a 40-second opening drive to the end zone. Mondovi never slowed, making their way through the Glenwood City (0-6, 0-4) defense for another six touchdowns before intermission.
The Hilltoppers did find themselves close to avoiding the shutout during a fourth quarter push deep into Buffalo territory. With both Glenwood City and Mondovi junior varsity units on the field, the Hilltoppers used a series of short runs to settle in on the Buffalo’s 35-yard line.
As Glenwood City was poised within striking distance, Mondovi pulled their junior varsity unit in favor of their starters to hold the Hilltoppers to the 19-yard line. A 34-yard field goal attempt by Marcus DeSmith was no good, however, a defensive penalty provided the Hilltoppers with a second opportunity, but to no avail.
Mondovi, who had outgained Glenwood City 405 to 30 at the intermission, finished with 529 yards of total offense. The Buffs’ starting quarterback finished 6-for-11 passing for 137 yeard and a TD while Tommy Bahr (8 for163 yds., 3 TDs) and Tanner Marsh (6 for 118 yds., 2 TDs) both rushed for over 100 yards and five touchdowns. Johnson also ran for 69 yards and two scores.
The Buffalo defense held the Hilltoppers to just shy of 100 offensive yards, 66 rushing and 33 receiving.
Justin Moe led in rushing yards with 26, followed by Brady McCarthy with 14, Bryce Wickman with 13 and Brandyn Hallquist came in at 11 yards. Freshman Bryce Wickman, who replaced an injured Gavin Janson at the quarterback spot early in the first half, went 3-of-11 for 13 yards. Brandyn Hallquist also threw a pass connecting with Max Janson for a 20-yard gain.
“Friday was tough competing against a very good senior dominated team versus our current young Topper team,” Glenwood City head coach Shane Strong said. “But we will take something positive from this experience to build on…we will work as hard as we can to get Glenwood City back on top.”
The Hilltoppers take a breather from D-SC competition to host Fall Creek (0-6) at their Homecoming game this Friday, where they look to put one down in the win column.