It was another big night for the Elk Mound football team as they hosted the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Bulldogs in a WIAA Division 2, Level 2 playoff battle. The Mounders took the pressure of the playoffs in stride, once again, with a clear cut 33-6 victory.
“Our boys were patient and played hard,” Elk Mound coach Dave Lew said of the team’s win. “They were focused all week and came out in the elements to play hard for each other and our community.”
It took a whole quarter — and then some — for the Mounders to shake off their nerves, but once they did, the touchdowns came pouring in. Running back Brady Redwine was able to maneuver his way through pockets in the Bulldog defense, scoring the first touchdown of the night on a 55-yard gain. Elk Mound was unable to capitalize on the point after try and led 6-0 with 7:43 remaining in the second quarter.
It seemed as though halftime would come to a close with just one scoring series from either team, but Redwine broke through again, dashing 75-yards downfield to pay dirt with just 33 seconds to go. An attempted two-point conversion was squelched by the Bulldogs, and the Mounders led 12-0 at intermission.
A big third quarter for Elk Mound gave them a comfortable 26-0 lead after another two Redwine touchdowns. Both were shorter gains than his second quarter touchdowns at three yards and seven yards, respectively.
The fourth quarter began with a 2-yard gain into the end zone for running back Christopher Lee — his first touchdown of the season. The extra point from Gaelen Young was good this time around to extend the Mounder lead to 33-0.
A clearly beaten Bulldog team was not ready to end their season on a shut-out. With 1:12 left on the clock, the Bulldogs found the end zone on a 5-yard gain. An unsuccessful two-point conversion set the final score at 33-6.
Elk Mound handed Chetek- Weyerhaeuser its first loss since Friday, Sept. 8, when they dropped to Cumberland 50-30.
The Mounders stayed on the ground the whole night, rushing for a total of 390 yards. Three hundred and thirty six of those yards belonged to Redwine, as well as four of their five touchdowns. Redwine averaged 9.6 yards per carry on 35 total carries on the night.
Christopher Lee scored the Mounder’s fifth and final touchdown of the game and finished the night with eight carries for 45 yards. Will Muszynski had two carries for 14 yards while Ben Lambele ended with 18 yards on four carries.
On the defensive end, Dylan Black came up with two interceptions while Rian Flynn had one. Bryce Kasper forced a Bulldog fumble, which was recovered by the Mounders.
Elk Mound takes to the road for the first time since early October, where they will take on the undefeated Grantsburg Pirates (11-0) in Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs. The winner will move on to the state qualifying match on Friday, Nov. 10.
“We are excited to play in Level 3 and think it will be a great challenge and opportunity versus a very good Grantsburg team,” coach Lew said. “Truly special to be playing football in November.”