Cardinals Use Ground Game To Vanquish Vikings
Cole Mundt had a signature game as the Lewiston-Altura Cardinals stayed perfect on the season in a 33-18 win over the Hayfield Vikings.
The Cardinals used their ground game early and often in the win – after the opening kickoff, the Cardinals held the ball for a seven and a half minute drive, capped by a Blake Schilling 5-yard TD pass to Sam Bronk to take an early 6-0 lead.
Hayfield would go 3-and out on their first possession, and it looked like a rout was on.
However, Hayfield recovered from the early blows to put together a great drive in the second quarter, and tied the game when Brady Nelson connected with Luke Dudycha for a 9-yard TD, tying the game at 6.
That’s when Cole Mundt really took over. Mundt took a carry in the next Cardinal offensive drive, 38 yards for a touchdown to expand the Cardinal lead to 13-6.
Lewiston-Altura nearly scored again before the half, but Patrick Towey intercepted a Schilling pass in the endzone with 53 seconds to go, to keep the game close at the half.
The 3rd quarter was a largely defensive quarter, except for one drive finished off by Mundt’s 2nd score of the night, a 3-yard run to make it 19-6.
Mundt scored again at the beginning of the 4th quarter, a 10-yard dash to pull away, 26-6.
Hayfield wasn’t quite done yet, but their offense took a little too long to develop, down 20 points in the 4th quarter. Ethan Slaathaug caught a 5-yard TD pass from Nelson to cut the lead to 26-12 with 8:24 to go.
Mundt hit paydirt for the 4th and final time with 5:27 to go in the game on a 35-yard scamper to make it 33-12.
Hayfield would get one more TD with under a minute to go in the game, when Patrick Towey hauled in a 6-yard TD pass from Nelson, to set the final score at 33-18.
The Cardinals (7-0) will look to complete their perfect regular season next week in a game against Wabasha-Kellogg (1-6). Football Night on HBC will travel to PEM (1-6) as they host Lake City (3-4). Because of MEA week, the game will be in Wednesday, October 16th at 7PM.
Other Local Week 7 Football Scores:
Winona (7-0) 35 Rochester Mayo (4-3) 0
Wabasha-Kellogg (1-6) 40 Cotter (0-7) 6
Chafield (5-2) 7 St. Charles (4-3) 0
Stewartville (6-0) 61 Lake City (3-4) 0
Triton (3-4) 35 PEM (1-6) 14
Zumbrota-Mazeppa (2-5) 52 Dover-Eyota (0-7) 27
Kingsford (MI) (3-3) 41 Red Wing (0-6) 6
Cannon Falls (1-5) 12 Rochester Lourdes (2-5) 7