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by Marlys Kruger
COLFAX — Using a solid running game to go with their potent air attack, the Glenwood City Hilltoppers scored 41 first-half points to put the game away early in their 41-0 shut-out win over winless Colfax last Friday evening, October 23 in Colfax.
The Hilltoppers had great field position in all of their possessions, starting with their first possession of the ball.
After taking the opening kickoff to the Colfax 36 yard line, quarterback Bryce Wickman hit Brady McCarthy for an 11-yard gain. A 20-yard run by McCarthy set up a five-yard touchdown run by Max Janson and a kick by Marcis DeSmith made it 7-0 with 10:52 on the first-quarter clock.
After forcing Colfax to punt, the Hilltoppers started at the Colfax 42 and gained eight yards on three plays. On fourth and two, Wickman picked up the first down, then hit Brandyn Hallquist for a 13-yard completion. On third and 13, Wickman connected with Drew Olson for the score and the kick made it 14-0.
The Hilltopper defense continued to smother the Vikings’ offense, forcing another three and out and after receiving the punt at the Colfax 44, it took only one play for them to score again. Wickman passed again to McCarthy, this time for a 44-yard score and another DeSmith kick made it 21-0 with five minutes still left in the opening quarter.
Another defensive hold by Glenwood City gave the Toppers the ball back, this time at their own 42. A first-down pass to Olson was good for 26 yards, and after gaining nine yards in three plays, they were faced with a fourth and one. Wickman ran for it again and two plays later it was 28-0 when Wickman hit Hallquist for another TD pass with another good kick.
Colfax punted on their next possession in the second quarter and it was a rather poor kick, resulting in the Hilltoppers starting at the Vikings’ 23. On first and goal from the nine, Wickman ran it in and the DeSmith kick put the score at 35-0.
The Hilltopper defense stopped three Colfax pass attempts, forcing another punt and giving them the ball back in Colfax territory again after another punt. Pass completions to McCarthy and William Eggert set up another touchdown pass to McCarthy and after the kick was missed it was 41-0.
Colfax finally found some rhythm on the offensive side, moving the ball from their own 19 all the way down to the Hilltopper 33, all on the ground. An ill advised pass by Drew Gibson was picked off by Hallquist to halt the drive, however.
It appeared Glenwood City would add to their total early in the third quarter when they drove the ball from the Colfax 49 to the 19, but Wickman was picked off at the five to give the ball to the Vikings.
After another punt by the Vikings, Hallquist returned the ball to the Colfax 33, and the Hilltoppers moved down to the five before losing the ball on a fumble.
The fourth quarter had both teams using a lot of reserves and neither team moved the ball very far resulting in a scoreless quarter and giving Glenwood City the shutout.
Wickman completed 15 of 23 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. McCarthy snagged five of those passes for 108 yards for a pair of sixes, Olson caught three for 61 yards and a touchdown, Hallquist had three for 22 yards with a score and Janson also had three receptions for 23 yards. As a team, the Hilltoppers rushed for 101 yards as McCarthy led the way with 52 yards on five attempts.
The win pushed the Hilltoppers’ record back to .500 at 2-2 while Colfax slipped to 0-5. Glenwood City will host conference newcomer Turtle Lake this Friday, October 30 in the annual homecoming contest.