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by Marlys Kruger
PLUM CITY — When the Colfax Vikings and the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves started their game last Friday night with records of 0-3, both teams knew by the end of the game one would have their first win while the other would sit alone in the cellar of the Dunn – St. Croix Conference.
After turning the ball over eight times, the Vikings found themselves on the losing end yet again, dropping the October 16 contest, played in Plum City, 42-8.
Colfax drove the ball to the Wolves 5-yard line in the first quarter after they forced a turnover but couldn’t score, giving the ball back to the Wolves. Their defense held and it was 0-0 at the end of the quarter.
Elmwood/Plum City ripped off a pair of running touchdowns in the second stanza including a 91-yard sprint by Wolves quarterback Luke Webb. Both two point conversion attempts were unsuccessful and it was 12-0 E/PC at the half.
But, that third quarter did the Vikings in as the Wolves scored three times, twice on the ground, sandwiched around an interception return for a touchdown to make it 34-0.
Webb ran for his third score of the game and the two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to make it 42-0 but the Vikings avoided the shutout when Julio Hernandez found paydirt from 10 yards out and ran in the conversion for the final score.
“Although we forced E/PC into several turnovers, we couldn’t capitalize on them,” coach Matt DeMoe said. “And we had eight of them which they took advantage of. That was the story of the game.”
Colfax quarterback Drew Gibson completed 16 of 31 passes for 174 yards but was picked off three times. Hunter Rebak snared 10 of those passes for 135 yards and Tanner Hoffman caught six for 39 yards. The running game was pretty much stifled with Aiden McKee rushing 12 times for 29 yards, Hernandez finished with 26 yards on 10 carries and Rebak added 18 yards on five carries. Hernandez recorded an interception on the defensive side.
Colfax (0-4) will return home this Friday night, October 23 to face the aerial attack from Glenwood City, who fell to 1-2 with a 20-16 home loss to Boyceville last Friday.