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by Laura Giammattei
CADOTT — The Boyceville Bulldogs wrapped up their 2019 football season with an away game that ended in a 52-14 loss to the Hornets last Friday, October 18 at Cadott High School.
Cadott used an early 27-0 first quarter lead to exert their dominance over Boyceville.
Two more Hornet touchdowns were added to the board in the second quarter before the Bulldogs finally broke through Cadott’s defense to score their first touchdown of the evening, an 80-yard punt return by Brendan Sempf. The extra point was missed to set the score at 40-6 as the first half came to a close.
Although the Hornets’ scoring slowed in the second half, they added two more touchdowns for a 52-6 lead before the Bulldogs earned themselves the final eight points of the game.
Boyceville used five plays to march the ball 83 yards downfield. A handoff from quarterback Connor Sempf to Brendan Sempf from the 49-yard line was brought to the end zone for Boyceville’s final touchdown of the season.
The Bulldogs finished their final game with 113 offensive yards, 69 on the ground and 44 in the air but lost three fumbles.
Brendan Sempf led in both rushing and receiving yards with 62 and 31 yards, respectively. Connor Sempf completed 3 of 17 passes, connecting with Brendan Sempf on one pass for 31 yards and Jacob Granley on one good for 25 yards.
Although this was the Bulldogs’ sixth consecutive loss, head coach Michael Roemhild said Friday’s game is the one that will turn the program around.
“Was Cadott better than us? Absolutely. We showed some real promise though,” he said. “Josiah Berg played amazing at linebacker and wing, Mason Bowell as a freshman played great at defensive end, Jacob Granley really started to get the hang of linebacker and enjoyed it, and Brendan Hazelton played his best game of the year at defensive end.”
Roemhild noted that a rough hit on Preston Coombs in the third quarter that nearly ended in a concussion lit a fire under the Boyceville players for the remainder of the game.
“This was scary because the same thing happened last year that kept him out nine months with a severe concussion,” Roemhild said of Coombs. “We were lucky to hear he did not have a concussion. It was an uncalled for hit…the disrespect shown to us will not be forgotten. We are looking forward to next year and would like to thank Cadott for the extra motivation that my players have.”
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 2-7 record, shutting out Independence/Gilmanton 35-0 in their first game of the season on August 23, and defeating Glenwood City 21-18 at home on September 6 to open conference play.