The running back with the carry is Cardinal sophomore Nate Fesenmaier. Photo by Jon Tanberg
The running back with the carry is Cardinal sophomore Nate Fesenmaier. Photo by Jon Tanberg

SPRING VALLEY, WI - Home cooking helps get things going in the right direction, and the Spring Valley football team needed to get going in the right direction.

The Cardinals hosted the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves last Friday night and exerted themselves from the very beginning to a 32-8 final score.

Sophomore Nate Fesenmaier got the Cardinals on the board in the first quarter when he dashed right through the Wolves defense for a 17-yard touchdown run with 6:08 left. The PAT kick by junior Aaron Borgerding was good for a 7-0 lead.

Fesenmaier scored again with three minutes left in the second quarter on a one-yard plunge. Borgerding again got the PAT kick to make it 14-0 to head into the halftime, but the Cardinals were able to get one more score in the final seconds of the half when Borgerding connected with junior Brendan Williams on an 8-yard pass and catch score. The extra point was no good this time, but the Cardinals had a 20-0 lead heading to the locker room.

Borgerding scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, both on 8-yard runs, to put the Cardinals up 32-0 with 1:24 left in the third quarter.

Valley’s defense was solid throughout the game and the reserve players did a good job as well, just allowing the Wolves a touchdown with 11 seconds left in the game. Zach Phillips completed a pass to Tyler Maxwell for a 22-yard touchdown pass for the score and Dalton Binkowski ran in the two-point try for the final 32-8 margin.

Senior Santana Schlegel paced the defensive unit with 10 tackles for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals racked up 349 yards of offense compared to just 107 of offense for E/PC. Borgerding was 8-for-12 passing for 82 yards with one touchdown for the Cardinals. Phillips was 3-for-7 for 52 yards for the Wolves with one touchdown.

Borgerding led the ground game as well for Valley with  94 yards on 14 carries including the two touchdown. Fesenmaier had 16 carries for 81 yards and two scores.

Zip Bosshart had three catches for 41 yards for the Cardinals and Williams had four catches for 30 yards and one score.

The win improves the Cardinals to 1-1 on the season with the first conference game on Friday against Durand at home. The Panthers are looking to get their season heading in the right direction. They are 1-1 with a week one loss to St. Croix Central (41-14) and a week two win over Prescott in a tight 17-15 battle.

The Cardinals will travel to Colby next Friday, September 7, in a non-conference tilt looking ahead.