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Buffaloes ready for their shot at defending division five champs

Mondovi (WQOW) — We’re down to the final four teams in division six, as Mondovi is just one win away from playing for gold at Camp Randall. Standing in the Buffaloes way though in level four, the defending division five state champs Saint Mary’s Springs.

The Ledgers lost their first two games of 2019, but have now won ten in a row. That includes a shut-out on the road last week, against previously unbeaten Racine Lutheran 20-0. It’s all about the ground game for Saint Mary’s Springs this season, as they’ve rushed for 3,719 yards and 53 touchdowns.

Junior running back David Mueller (1,341 yards & 17 touchdowns) has been the workhorse in the backfield, while junior quarterback Braydon King (605 yards, 6 touchdowns, 0 interceptions) has been effective through the air. On defense, the Ledgers have only given up seven points so far in the playoffs and have outscored their opponents by 130 points.

“They obviously have athletes. They’re big and physical, but so are we,” says senior quarterback/linebacker Carter Johnson. “But we’ll come to play against anybody.”

“We all know that they’re going to be the toughest team we’ve played,” senior wide receiver/defensive back Owen Schultz says. “They have good players and they have a history of making it to State, something that we don’t have. But I don’t think they realize what kind of team we are this year.”

And what kind of team has Mondovi been this season? Dominant. The offense averaged 45.2 points/game, while the defense has only given up 59 points all season. In his first season under center, Johnson has shined for the Buffaloes. The senior has accounted for 2,691 total yards and 42 touchdowns, while only committing five turnovers. Johnson and junior running back Tanner Marsh (1,384 yards & 20 touchdowns) have created a dynamic one-two punch in the backfield, while senior wide receivers Owen Schultz (603 yards & 9 touchdowns) and Jackson Falkner (313 yards & 6 touchdowns) have been dynamic catching the ball.

“I’ve been telling the guys, this is the year of the Buffalo. I just feel like they’re a team of destiny, I really do,” head coach Craig Loscheider says. “They love each other, and they play really hard for each other. It’s going to take a really special team to stop what they’re trying to do.

Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. Friday night at Medford High School.

Collin Talbert

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