Spring Valley running back Jaydon Nyeggen had a night he won’t soon forget.
Nyeggen scored five touchdowns.
Elmwood/Plum City had a night it would like to leave in the past as the Cardinals earned a 46-0 victory in nonconference prep football in Elmwood Friday, August 25.
“We weren’t physical enough at the point of attack right now,” EPC head coach Mike Birtzer said. Birtzer is in his first year as head coach. “That’s our job as coaches, to get them better and to that point. We will. They’ll get there.”
Birtzer said it’s easy to forget that most of the Wolves have little or no varsity experience as last year’s starters were mostly seniors.
Spring Valley is in the midst of a reloading season. In the offensive and defensive line, the Cardinals were young last year.
Against EPC, they looked like a seasoned group tactically opening holes in the trenches and setting the edge for athletes like Nyeggen to run for 134 yards; senior Tyson Kado to run for 115 yards; and Jarrod Reilly to run for 50 yards on six carries.
“Our line is probably the hardest working group on our team,” Kado said. “They get low on every play and never give up.”
The Cardinals ran for 498 of their 519 yards of total offense.
“We had some things we knew we needed to clean up up front after we played Unity,” Spring Valley head coach Ryan Kapping said. “Last week, we didn’t have a major offensive output by any stretch, so we wanted to make sure we cleaned some things up. There’s still work that we need to do -- we missed some assignments, like when we didn’t pick up that safety rolling up into the box.”
But for the most part, the Cardinals controlled the line of scrimmage getting the edge or slicing up the middle.
Defensively, Spring Valley had the perfect combination to shutout the Wolves. Even though Nic Forster was able to gash the Cardinals a couple of times late. Even when the Cardinals gave up field position, they were able to force turnovers and get back on offense.
Forster’s second half bursts were a sign of life for EPC. A positive and a sign that, even in a blowout, the Wolves were going to continue to grind.
“I loved the effort that he put in. I want him to keep his head up,” Birtzer said. “He continued to play hard and give us effort. I hate turnovers, but he continued to give us as much effort as he could. His runs came from extra effort.”
Spring Valley played sophomore Aaron Borgerding and senior Craigen Anderson at quarterbacks, a decision that Kapping said will be flexible for the time being.
“Both of them will play. Both have done the job the last two weeks,” Kapping said. “They’re both good kids, they’re competing each other and being supportive of each other. It’s a great thing in a small school to have two quarterbacks. Most schools would be thrilled to have either one of them and we feel like we’re in good shape.”
There’s no controversy. The Cardinals are comfortable regardless of the signal caller.
“We’ve picked up two good wins and we’re only looking to improve from here,” Kado said. “I have 100 percent confidence in both quarterbacks.”
Other area games
Ellsworth 13, River Falls 7
Prescott received a forfeit from Three Lakes