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Football: Cardinals clinch share of DSC title

Spring Valley sophomore Nate Fesenmaier recorded 104 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals' 42-8 victory over the Glenwood City Hilltoppers on Friday, Oct. 12. (File photo)

The Spring Valley Cardinals concluded their Dunn-St. Croix Conference play in a three-way tie for first place with Elk Mound and Mondovi after claiming their fifth conference win of the season on Friday, Oct. 12.

The Cardinals (6-3, 5-1) defeated the Colfax Vikings (3-5, 1-5) 42-8 in their final regular season game of 2018 and held the Vikings scoreless until the final three minutes of play.

Spring Valley was led by sophomore running back Nate Fesenmaier who recorded 104 of the Cardinals’ total 227 yards of offense. Fesenmaier carried the ball 15 times and found the endzone on three of his carries.

Junior quarterback Aaron Borgerding relied on his backs for the majority of the game, but recorded two passing touchdowns in his 2-for-3 night. Glenwood City’s Noah Albricht was 11-for-19 on the night for 51 total passing yards.

The Vikings turned the ball over six times, doubling Spring Valley’s three turnovers. Brayden Wolf and Dakota Kerr both intercepted a Vikings pass, and Fesenmaier led his team’s defensive effort with 8.5 tackles.

The Cardinals received a No. 4 seed in the WIAA Division 6 Sectional 1 playoff bracket and will host the No. 5 Mondovi Buffaloes (7-2, 5-1) who they defeated 14-0 in Week 8.

Turtle Lake 40, Elmwood/Plum City 28

The Turtle Lake Lakers spoiled EPC's Plum City homecoming by holding the Wolves to 274 yards of offense while racking up 409 yards of their own.

The Wolves (5-4, 3-3) rushed for 243 yard and were led by junior Nic Forster who ran for 102 yards on 12 carries and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark this season in his team's Friday, Oct. 12, loss. The junior ran in two of EPC's touchdowns, while his classmate Dalton Binkowski added another rushing touchdown for the Wolves.

The Lakers' (5-4, 3-3) Dylan Nitchey recorded 157 rushing yards on 17 carries against the Wolves to lead all backs, and Lucas Torgerson recorded two of the Lakers' three rushing touchdowns.

Turtle Lake's Adam Waite completed nine of his 14 pass attempts for 113 passing yards, while EPC's Zack Phillips went 4-for-11 on the night for 31 yards. Both quarterbacks recorded one passing touchdown and one interception in the South Lakeland Conference matchup.

Tyler Maxwell was responsible for all 31 of the Wolves' passing yards and added an 11-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to seal the final score at 40-28. Maxwell also led the Wolves' defense with 15.5 tackles, which was followed by 11 from sophomore Paul Schwebach.

The Wolves' five regular season wins earned them a No. 6 seed in the WIAA Division 7 playoffs, and they'll travel to Gilman on Friday, Oct. 19, to take on the No. 3-seeded Pirates at 7 p.m.