Bosshart races to the end zone. Photo by Jon Tanberg
Bosshart races to the end zone. Photo by Jon Tanberg

COLBY, WI – There is something to be said for scheduling non-conference games against tough opponents, it makes you ready to face teams in the playoffs. Of course, you need to make the playoffs to benefit from those tough games.

The Spring Valley football team saw their record fall to 2-2 on the season last week with a tough 20-13 loss to a good Colby squad. Finding the positives in a negative outcome is difficult, but the fact that the Cardinals held the Hornets to just 20 points was one positive.

Colby had been scoring points at a pretty good clip in their three games, averaging nearly 38 points per game.

The Hornets opened the scoring with four minutes left in the first quarter on a four-yard touchdown run by Tyler Klement. The extra point kick was no good, giving Colby the early 6-0 lead.

Valley responded just two minutes later when Zip Bosshart took a pitch and broke the end of the defense, racing 50 yards for a Cardinal touchdown. Aaron Borgerding made the extra point to give Valley a 7-6 lead with 2:12 left in the first quarter.

Reece Kellnhofer gave Colby the lead again with 8:18 left in the second quarter on a 27-yard bruising, bashing run. This time the Hornets faked the kick and got the two-point conversion on a pass to make it 14-7, where it stood until halftime.

Colby extended their lead midway through the third quarter on a 6-yard run from Klement and this time the Cardinals stopped the two-point conversion try. Colby’s 20-7 lead lasted until the fourth quarter when the Cardinals got another long run from Bosshart, this time for 47 yards through the defense. The extra-point kick was no good, leaving Valley trailing 20-13 with over 10 minutes left in the game, a fair amount of time.

Unfortunately, neither team was able to mount much of an opportunity to score, just running out the clock to a 20-13 win for Colby.

The Cardinals offensive struggled both on the ground and through the air. Borgerding was just 2-for-9 passing for 25 yards with one interception. Roman Schmitt, quarterback for Colby, was 3-for-13 for 24 yards.

The ground game was a different story. Bosshart led the Cardinals with seven carries for 119 yards and two scores. Borgerding had 27 yards rushing on 10 carries.

Klement led all rushers with 24 carries for 168 yards and Kellnhofer had 16 carries for 99 yards.

Defensively, the Cardinals were led by Santana Schlegel with 10 tackles on the game while Borgerding had nine.

The Cardinals two losses on the season are against teams that are now 4-0 (Unity is ranked fifth in Division 6 in the state, Colby is not yet ranked, but may be soon). They will have another tough test on the road tonight in Glenwood City with the 3-1 Hilltoppers holding one of the top spots in the conference at 2-0 right now. Glenwood is coming off a 27-12 win over Durand last week.