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Spring Valley looks for strong start to conference season

Spring Valley High School's football team surprised itself with how comfortable it was able to beat rival Elmwood 28-6 last week. Now they hope for consistency as the Cardinals begin conference play Friday at Boyceville.

"We thought it would be a really close game. We were impressed with how Elmwood beat Whitehall and the personnel they had," SV head coach Matt Ducklow said. "That we were able to win so convincingly shows how well we played, particularly on defense."

Now Spring Valley hopes it can get the same effort at Boyceville. Despite a 2-7 record last season, Valley was able to upend the Bulldogs at home.

"We were upset after we lost to Plum City we thought we played well enough to win but didn't." Ducklow said. "We responded very well after that game to beat Elmwood. Now we have to respond well again by putting forth not just the same effort, but the same good, smart play."

Plum City and Prescott are two Pierce County prep football teams looking for the same things as well. PC is coming off a 26-0 whipping of Boyceville and faces a key test when they play Alma-Pepin at Pepin in its first Lakeland South league game. Besides winning 46 regular season games in a row, PC also has 36 straight wins in Lakeland play. Prescott hopes to snag an Middle Border Conference win in Amery after their dramatic come-from-behind 27-26 victory over Glenwood City last week.

Teams looking to bounce back from last week's losses include Elmwood, opening Lakeland South play at Lake Holcombe, while Ellsworth has another rivalry game, this one at Durand.