Another blanking for Spring Valley grids
ELMWOOD - Two games, two shutouts for the Spring Valley High School football team
The Cardinals handed the Elmwood/Plum City co-op its worst loss in two years of existence 40-0 Friday at Raider Field in Elmwood.
Spring Valley scored 20 points in both halves and were particularly dominant in the second half, holding EPC to just one first down.
SV quarterback Zach Newton only made one pass attempt during the game but he didn’t have to throw the ball. He rushed for 13 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of one, 18 and 11 yards. Teammate Jed Schlegel had 92 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 36-yard run in the second half which put the contest to bed.
As sophomores, both he and teammates Jacob Rielly and Logan Newton have made several big plays so far this season. Newton got the Cards off to a great start with a 54-yard return on the opening kick-off. All three players combined for 13 of Valley’s 50 rushing attempts in the ballgame.
“It’s been a pleasant surprise to see the way the whole team has accepted having a good number underclassmen get a lot reps. in the ballgame,” SV head coach Ryan Kapping said. “That’s not always true on some teams but has been this way with our team because the kids know players like Jed and Logan need to be on the field and that we need to spread out the touches to many different players to be successful.”
Also scoring for the Redbirds were Matt Fesenmaier on a two-yard run and Remington Schneider had a 17-yard run for touchdown. SV tallied up 346 yards of total offense, all on the ground, and its defense held the Wolves to barely over 109 yards of total offense.
Spring Valley’s defense bottled up EPC quarterback Levi Wolf. After a huge game the week before vs. Frederic, Wolf was held to just 18 yards of rushing and 43 yards passing. But to head coach Jerry Hannack, the Cardinals dominance was a team-wide matter.
“They physically dominated us,” Hannack said. “And it wasn’t just up front, but also the backs and receivers. They just physically manhandled us everywhere on the field. The effort was there on our part but not the physicality and they played with a lot of effort too so it was a big advantage for them. We wanted to get more players involved on offense they way they did but it didn’t happen for us.”
EPC tried to take advantage of a pair of SV turnovers in SV territory in the first half as they took advantage of Frederic’s turnovers last week. But Valley’s defense kept EPC out of the endzone. A mistake on the kick-off pinned EPC deep in their territory to start the second half down 20-0. They were kept pinned in their end for much of the second half.
Chris Craft led Spring Valley in tackles with 10 while Schlegel had eight stops. Fesenmaier finished with an interception and six Cardinal players had tackles for loss. D.J. Wheeler had eight tackles to lead EPC and Austin Coss had an interception. Coss also had five tackles.