River Valley football coach Kent Bassâ€™ comment after the Oct. 12 District 1 game against West Monona was ,â€śWe played too well to lose by twenty points.â€ť Yet, thatâ€™s exactly what the scoreboard said at the gameâ€™s conclusion - West Monona 41, River Valley 21.
The Wolverines again showed they are a â€śgood second half team,â€ť as they scored all of their points in the third and fourth quarters. Unfortunately, the Spartans grabbed a 14-0 half-time lead and the Wolverines werenâ€™t able to catch up. River Valley only ran 17 plays in the opening half, and Bass said â€śwe need to run more than 17 first half plays to be successful.â€ť
Pat Brinkman led River Valley rushers with 93 yards on 11 carries, and Ethan Byers posted a similar line, gaining 87 yards on 12 carries. Brinkman and Byers each scored one td on the ground. Tyrel McCrea added 37 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Zach Hullinger completed six of his 14 pass attempts for 56 yards and one touchdown, to Anthony Volkert. Austin Hansen threw once, completing a 36-yarder to Samuel Lundt. Hansen also caught two passes for 27 yards.
West Mononaâ€™s Alex Maule gained 183 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns, and his teammate J.J. Gray had 18 carries for 96 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Tyler Sandman completed seven of his eight pass attempts for 120 yards and two touchdowns, as the Spartans amassed 475 yards of total offense to the Wolverinesâ€™ 320.
West Monona boosted their season record to 4-3, all in District play, while River Valley dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in District play.
The Wolverines play at Galva-Holstein Friday, and finish their season with a home contest against Kingsley-Pierson on October 26.