Hofacker takes down Regis runner. Photo by Jon Tanberg
Hofacker takes down Regis runner. Photo by Jon Tanberg

SPRING VALLEY, WI – To beat a team like Eau Claire Regis, you have to play a flawless game. Unfortunately, for the Cardinals, they didn’t play a flawless game.

Spring Valley didn’t make a lot of mistakes in their 25-6 loss to the Ramblers here last Friday, some missed blocking assignments, blown coverages, missed tackles. Not a lot of mistakes, but some is too much against a team like that.

“We just made too many mistakes against a really good football team,” said Head Coach Ryan Kapping. “They are a really good program that is well-coached and athletic as they are. You can’t do that against a team like that.”

Regis opened the game by marching down the field on their opening possession. Regis used a variety of counters, sweeps and misdirection running plays, mixed in with an occasional pass, to have success against the Cardinal defense. Andrew Root capitalized on the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick was wide giving Regis a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The Ramblers scored in the second quarter on a one-yard run by Root to go up 12-0, but on the kickoff Valley was able to make a move.

Tyson Kado got the Cardinal faithful screaming when he took the opening kickoff, bobbled it slightly, and then cut through the coverage all the way to the four-yard line. Senior Jaydon Nyeggen capitalized on the return with a four-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 12-6 in the second quarter, but the Cardinals never really got any closer to the end zone after that.

Calvin Diaz added another six for the Ramblers when he scored on a three-yard run late in the second quarter to give Regis an 18-6 halftime lead.

The Ramblers closed up the scoring in the third quarter on a 20-yard pass from Isaac Michaels to Jacob Salonek. The PAT kick made it 25-6, which ended up being the final score.

The Cardinals racked up 114 yards on the ground with senior Jaydon Nyeggen gaining 60 yards on 14 carries against the physical Regis defense. The Ramblers amassed 290 yards on the ground with Root leading the way with 121 yards on 14 carries.

Sophomore Aaron Borgerding was 4-for-11 passing for just 17 yards on the night while his counterpart, Regis’ Michaels, was 3-for-7 for 47 yards.

Junior Santana Schlegel led the defensive efforts for the Cardinals with 13 tackles on the night.

“Overall, I’m really proud of the season our kids put together,” said Kapping. “We were picked to finish in the bottom half of the conference, and to be able to have the season we did, the success we did, is really a testament to the kids here. They worked extremely hard and we saw a lot of improvement throughout the year.”

The Cardinals will lose eight seniors to graduation, some very key players that have amassed 38 wins over the course of their four years playing football for Spring Valley.

“We say goodbye to some seniors that did a lot of great things in our program,” said Kapping. “We are excited for the many talented players that will return next year.”