SPRING VALLEY, WI - The Spring Valley football team improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference last week with a 21-7 win over Durand.

The win was a typical Spring Valley game, grind out the offense on the ground, slow down the opponents’ offensive opportunities and just execute on both sides of the ball with little to no mistakes.

That has been the formula for success for Spring Valley in the past and continues to work to near perfection this season as well, despite being an undersized and young team this year.

The Cardinals were solid on the ground with sophomore Nate Fesenmaier notching all three touchdowns for the Cardinals. Fesenmaier scored his first touchdown with just 2:32 left in the first quarter on a four-yard run. Junior quarterback Aaron Borgerding had the extra point kick to make it 7-0.

Fesenmaier scored two times in the second quarter as well. The first one was a three-yard run with 7:48 left, while the second was a one-yard plunge with 2:02 left before halftime. Borgerding had the kick on both scores to give Valley a 21-0 lead.

The Panthers struggled to sustain any drive in the game, but they finally broke the goose egg with 2:39 left in the game on a 10-yard pass from TJ Tulip to Spencer Sabelko. Tulip’s kick made it 21-7 for the final margin.

The Cardinals racked up 370 yards of offense in the game while holding Durand to just 102  total yards of offense.

Borgerding led the passing attack for Valley, completing 4-of-8 passes for 93 yards and Brenden Williams completed one pass for 37 yards. Borgerding also led the ground attack with 18 carries for 104 yards. Fesenmaier had 15 carries for just 49 hard yards.

Tulip led the Durand rush attack with eight carries for 22 yards, he was also 5-of-18 passing for 42 yards in the game.

Senior Santana Schlegel led the defense with seven tackles in the game, as well as one tackle for a loss of yards. Fesenmaier had six tackles also.

The Cardinals will hit the road for a long trip to Colby tonight against the 3-0 Hornets. Colby has outscored their opponents 113-28 in their three games, so they have some offensive firepower.

Valley returns to conference play next week with a game on the road at Glenwood City.