ELK MOUND — Elk Mound came into Friday’s playoff game against Stanley-Boyd rolling, having won seven straight along with a Dunn-St. Croix Conference title.
Although come playoff time throw the records away right?
In the end, Mounders running back Brady Redwine had just as easy of a time disposing of the Stanley-Boyd defense, scoring five touchdowns and carrying the ball for 334 yards as Elk Mound won 41-23 to advance to Level 2 of the Division 5 playoffs.
Elk Mound started with the ball, and although they were forced to punt, a series of carries up the middle by Redwine set up the next drive.
On the next series Redwine bounced a carry to his right for a 66-yard touchdown run. For the Mounders it was a quintessential Redwine run. Set up in the middle to be physical, then accelerate on an opening once he turns the corner.
“Brady’s a physical runner,” said Elk Mound coach Dave Lew, “That whole O-line is a special group right now. They have a lot of confidence.”
That marks the third game in a row that Redwine had a touchdown run of over 50 yards. The Mounders only kept the ball rolling from there. On the next possession Elk Mound was facing a third-and four-before taking a timeout. The response to the timeout was a 42 yard Redwine touchdown run, which gave Redwine his eighth 100 yard rushing game and his seventh in a row.
Stanley-Boyd wasn’t out of it yet. After failing to score in their first two possessions, the Orioles put together a 12-play, 77-yard drive capped off by a 1-yard Willy Burich-Reynolds run right before the end of the first quarter.
Redwine added two more touchdown runs—Rian Flynn added one has well—and Elk Mound built a 25-7 half time lead. That seven points that Elk Mound gave up shouldn’t go unnoticed: Stanley-Boyd entered Friday scoring multiple times in the first half for the last three games.
“We studied hard all week and our defense just held them,” said Redwine.
The Orioles’ fast-paced offense was held to just 288 yards. Redwine’s 334 yards pushed him over 2,000 yards for the season. He had 33 carries before Blaze Todd got the bulk of the carries with the game in hand.
Friday’s game gave the Mounders one last home game after having to move last week’s home game to UW-Stout with a wet field.
“I can’t say enough about the administration for that and giving our seniors another home game,” Lew said.
It turned out to be the seniors’ last home game with Westby’s win over Cumberland, sending the Mounders south for the Level 2 matchup next week.