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ELK MOUND — Elk Mound’s hopes of a second straight Dunn-St. Croix football championship were extinquished here last Friday evening as the Spring Valley Cardinals shut out the host Mounders 27-0 in a key conference showdown.
“Spring Valley is a very good football team and came off the ball faster than we did,” said head coach Dave Lew. “I thought our players played hard but not to the speed that Spring Valley played.”
The Cardinals scored a touchdown in each quarter of the October 4 contest while holding the Mounders out of the end zone for the entirety of the 48-minute game.
Elk Mound along with Spring Valley and Mondovi shared last year’s crown, but shut out losses to both the Cardinals and the Buffaloes this season have knocked the Mounders out of contention for the 2019 D-SC crown, its final season as a football participant in the conference.
Elk Mound is currently 3-2 in D-SC play and 4-3 overall, while Spring Valley and Mondovi both remained unbeaten at 4-0 in conference and 7-0 on the season. The Cardinals and Buffaloes both have two conference games remaining, including a head-to-head battle in Mondovi this Friday for this season’s title, while the Mounders have just one left on the road against Glenwood City on the final night of the regular season – October 18.
The plan of attack for the Mounders in recent weeks has been to get the ball into the hands of senior running back Blaze Todd, but after rushing for 687 yards 14 touchdowns in the previous three games, the Cardinals’ defense held the Mounder senior out of the end zone and to a mere 93 yards rushing and 12 yards receiving.
Elk Mound, who struggled to move the football against Spring Valley all night long, finished with just 153 yards of offense – 125 rushing and 28 passing.
Spring Valley relied on its punishing ground game to carry it to victory. The Cardinals racked up 303 yards on the ground led by Nathan Fesenmaier who ran the ball 18 times for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Spring Valley tacked its first points on the scoreboard with 1:59 to play in the first quarter when Brenden Williams ran the ball into the end zone from 12 yards out. Aaron Borgerding’s point after kick failed to leave the score 6-0. Williams finished with 82 yards on seven hauls.
Each of the Cardinals touchdowns were in the remaining minutes of the quarters and were dispersed among four players which included Aaron Borgerding, Brayden Wolf, and Nathan Fesenmaier.
Borgerding’s one-yard quarterback keeper, along with his PAT, pushed the Cardinals lead to 13-0 with 4:42 left in the opening half. He tallied 75 yards on 19 attempts.
Spring Valley increased its margin to 20-0 with Wolf’s 7-yard run at 5:15 of the third quarter which was followed by Borgerding’s successful extra point kick.
The game’s final score came with less than two minutes to play when Fesenmaier pushed across the goal line from two yards out with 1:47 remaining. Borgerding added his third PAT for the 27-0 final.
Elk Mound quarterback Chase Rhude was able to get the ball into the hands of the receivers for five completed passes and 28 total yards.
Four of Rhude’s passes found their way to Michael Jenson who led in receptions with 16 yards.
Besides Todd’s yardage, Nate Lew ran four times for 19 yards and Gaelen Young rambled 20 yards on a single carry.
Gabe Moachkau led Elk Mound defensively with 13 total tackles and a forced fumble, followed by Nate Lew with eight tackles.
“This loss taught us a lot, and will help us prepare and get better as we go forward this year and into the playoffs,” Lew stated.
Elk Mound will be on the road once again this Friday as they head to Altoona to take on the Railroaders, who are part of the Cloverbelt, in a non-conference match up. Elk Mound will be joining the Cloverbelt next season.
Elk Mound……….0……..0……..0……..0 – 0
Spring Valley…….6……..7……..7……..7 – 27
SV – 12-yard rushing TD by B. Williams (PAT unsuccessful) 1:59
SV – 1 -ard rushing TD by A. Borgerding (PAT successful) 4:42
SV – 7-yard rushing TD by B. Wolf (PAT successful) 5:15
SV – 2-yard rushing TD by N. Fesenmaier (PAT successful) 1:47
Passing (att-comp-yds-int): EM (12-5-28-0-3) C. Rhude 12-5-28-3; SV (5-3-17-0) A. Borgerding 5-3-17-0
Rushing (att-yds): EM (30-125) G. Young 1-20, N. Lew 4-19, C. Rhude 6- -5, B. Todd 17-93, A. Kaanta 2- -2; SV (47-303) B. Wolf 3-36, A. Borgerding 19-75, B. Williams 7-82, N. Fesenmaier 18-110.
Receiving (att-yds): EM (5-28) B. Todd 1-12, M. Jenson 4-16; SV (3-17) K. Kerr 1-6, B. Wolf 1-10, B. Williams 1-1.