Bonduel back to winning in 32-14 victory

Bears are eligible for playoffs

Greg Bates, Leader Correspondent

It’s become evident in the first six games of the season that the Bonduel football team loves to run the ball.

That’s exactly what the Bears did to host Shiocton on Friday night. Elijah Mastey went off for 150 yards on the ground as Bonduel scored five rushing touchdowns in scoring a 32-14 victory in Central Wisconsin Conference-Large action.

It was a rebound victory for Bonduel, which lost to Amherst last week in a battle for the conference lead.

“We definitely had some things we needed to improve on from last week, and defensively I liked the way we got off the ball and executed our scheme a little bit better, tackled a lot better,” Bonduel coach James Westrich said. “Offensively, we started out with that hurry-up, and the guys did a really good job running that. … All in all, I’m really happy with the way they played.”

With the win, Bonduel is now playoff eligible with three games remaining in the regular season.

“We’ve just got to keep getting better,” Westrich said. “That’s our focus every week to keep getting better. We want to make the playoffs and we definitely don’t want to be one-and-done like we were last year. We’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

As a team, Bonduel rushed for 308 yards, led by Mastey’s 150 on just 16 carries.

“Our offense is pretty hard to stop all our guys are doing their stuff,” Westrich said. “We’ve got weapons at a lot of different areas, but we’ve got to make sure we run our fakes, block hard and secure the football.”

Parker Bohm was 12 for 18 through the air for 90 yards. Isaac Garside was the team’s leading receiver with four catches for 39 yards.

On its opening drive, Bonduel (5-1, 3-1 Central Wisconsin Conference Large) ran the ball seven times by four different players and added in a pass as Mastey had a 5-yard touchdown run just 2 minutes, 10 seconds into the game.

The Bears were working from a short field on their third possession. Jordan Boldt took a handoff, plowed over multiple Shiocton defenders and found the end zone from 27 yards out to go up 14-0 in the first quarter.

On its first drive of the second half, Bonduel went eight plays and scored on a Boldt 2-yard run out of the wildcat formation to make it 20-0. Jacob Banker and Riddik Bohm scored from 1 and 5 yards out, respectively, in the fourth quarter.

Shiocton (3-3, 1-3 conference) got on the scoreboard late with two long touchdown passes from Sam Bloch to James Ver Voort.

Bonduel 32, Shiocton 14

Team 1 2 3 4 F

Bonduel 14 0 6 12 32

Shiocton 0 0 0 14 14

First quarter

B: Mastey 5-yard run (PAT good) 7-0 (9:50).

B: Boldt 27-yard run (PAT good) 14-0 (3:27).

Third quarter

B: Boldt 2-yard run (PAT missed) 20-0 (7:08).

Fourth quarter

B: Banker 1-yard run (PAT missed) 26-0 (10:51).

B: I. Bohm 5-yard run (PAT missed) 32-0 (7:16).

S: Ver Voort 46-yard reception from Bloch (PAT good) 32-7 (6:46).

S: Ver Voort 81-yard reception from Bloch (PAT good) 32-14 (3:31).