Nyeggen powers through EPC defender. Photo by Jon Tanberg
Nyeggen powers through EPC defender. Photo by Jon Tanberg

ELMWOOD, WI - Games like this don’t come along very often for high school teams. Games where everything seems to just go right, even when it doesn’t go right.

The Spring Valley football team dominated Elmwood-Plum City in all aspects of the game, even when they made mistakes, they were able to overcome them.

“We still need to cut down on our penalties and we missed some assignments out there tonight,” said Head Coach Ryan Kapping. “We still have a lot of work to do, but we definitely made some improvements since last week.”

One of those improvements was having a little more diversity to their offense. The Cardinals racked up 519 total yards of offense, with 498 of it coming on the ground from 10 different rushers. Leading the way were seniors Jaydon Nyeggen and Tyson Kado.

Nyeggen had his way with the the ball, gaining 134 yards on 21 carries, including five touchdowns. Kado had five carries for 115 yards, or 23 yards per carry, and one touchdown.

Sophomore Aaron Borgerding started at quarterback and had 10 carries on the option for 69 yards. Freshman Carter Deppa had two carries for 44 yards and one touchdown.

“We had a lot more diversity in our offense this week,” Kapping said. But he also noted that next week conference play starts with Colfax and that is when the games really begin counting towards making the playoffs.

Valley started the game with a stop of the Wolves, and a quick score by Nyeggen on a five yard run just over four minutes into the game. Nyeggen would follow that touchdown up with another one for 12 yards just three minutes later for a 14-0 lead.

Kado opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 10-yard dash through the defense with 10:35 left in the half for a 21-0 lead. Nyeggen added runs of 16 and seven yards before halftime to put the Cardinals into the locker room at half with a 33-0 lead.

Nyeggen added his last touchdown midway through the third quarter on a five yard run to give Valley a running clock and a 39-0 lead. Deppa got the final score of the game with 1:43 left in the game on a 25-yard run.

Valley’s defense limited E-PC to just 93 total yards of offense for the game. The defense was also led by with 3.5 tackles as well as one tackle for loss. The defense had six tackles for loss in the game, as well as two sacks.

The lone ugly spot for the Cardinals was penalties, the team had six penalties for 40 yards, mostly on offense.

“That is definitely something we need to work on,” Kapping said.

The Cardinals open up conference play tomorrow with Colfax at home. The Vikings are coming off a 30-22 win over Eleva-Strum and are 1-1 overall so far.

“We expect every game from here on out to be a battle,” Kapping said. “We need to just prepare one week at a time and be ready to play.”

The game is at home on Friday night at 7:00.