GILBERTVILLE — Everybody knows Don Bosco’s running game is a force to be reckoned with.
This year’s Dons are proving they are just as powerful through the air and on the defensive side of the ball.
Friday night, all phases of Don Bosco’s game were on display in a 62-0 rout of HLV of Victor in the 8-player playoff quarterfinals.
The Warriors were averaging 60 points a game and boasted a two-headed rushing attack from Brandon Schafbuch (1,059 yards) and Chase Sternhagen (1,028). They had also scored 12 touchdowns on returns.
The Dons (11-0) shrugged the statistics to the sideline and held the Warriors (9-3) to 40 total yards of offense and only two first downs.
“I was not that surprised that we were able to shut them down,” senior defensive end Dylan Rottinghaus said. “The way we have been playing the last two weeks especially has been outstanding. We knew they were a good running team, but I am a little shocked that we held them to negative yards on the ground (21 carries, minus-14 yards).”
“We have such a well-balanced team and we make it hard on anyone to get yards on us,” Rottinghaus added. “You have to come ready to play 48 minutes every night, and we do. We are a pretty complete team right now.”
The Dons were turned back on their first possession of the game, but after getting the ball back, senior quarterback Wyatt Sawvel gained 38 yards on the ensuing drive, capped by his 10-yard scoring run.
The defense came up with the first of many big plays, crushing Schafbuch in the backfield and forcing a fumble that Rottinghaus recovered. Two plays later, Sawvel hit Cael Tenold in stride for a 34-yard pitch-and-catch and a 12-0 lead.
The Dons led 40-0 at halftime.
“I really didn’t know what to expect tonight,” Don Bosco coach Colby Yoder said. “We just want to go out and keep getting better and tonight our defense really played well. They have played so much better over the past few weeks and tonight they showed that they are really hungry.
“A lot of these guys have been in this environment before and they know what that hunger is about. I think we showed people that we could throw the ball as well tonight. There is a good nucleus of guys here with a great supporting cast, and they enjoy being around each other. I am proud of them all.”
The combination of Tenold and Sawvel struck again on the first drive of the second half to hike the lead to 48-0.
“We know what we can do as an offense if we play together like we have been,” Tenold said. “We do like to run the ball, but as you saw tonight we are capable of throwing it, as well.”
Tenold was on the receiving end of three Sawvel passes for 79 yards and two scores.
“No matter what the score is, we will keep fighting,” added Tenold. “Whether we are ahead by 40 or down by 40, we will keep the pedal to the metal. It is hard to stop us.”
Don Bosco 62, HLV 0
HLV 0 0 0 0 — 0
Don Bosco 12 28 14 8 — 62
DB—Wyatt Sawvel 10 run (run failed)
DB—Cael Tenold 34 pass from Sawvel (pass failed)
DB—Sawvel 3 run (run failed)
DB—Kendall Becker 18 pass from Sawvel (run failed)
DB—Sawvel 10 run (Sawvel run)
DB—Thomas Even 3 run (Svoboda run)
DB—Tenold 19 pass from Sawvel (Sawvel run)
DB—Even 25 run (run failed)
DB—Svoboda 54 run (Austin Hellman run)
First downs 2 14
Rushes-yards 21-(-14) 35-276
Passing yards 54 182
Comp-att-int 3-14-0 9-13-0
Return yards 142 25
Punts-avg. 10-25.6 0-0.0
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-0
Penalties-yards 2-5 4-30
HLV — Brandon Schafbuch 6-17, Chase Sternhagen 6-5, Dean Shaull 1-3, Marcus Kolesar 1-minus 1, Ethan Kupka 1-minus 5 , Cody Frahm 6-minus 33.
DON BOSCO — Wyatt Sawvel 18-108, Austin Svoboda 9-130, Austin Hellman 3-27, Thomas Even 5-68, Mason Denton 4-5, Cael Frost 2-2.
HLV — Frahm 3-14-0, 54 yards.
DON BOSCO — Sawvel 9-13-0, 182 yards.
HLV — Mitch Thys 1-14, Ben Toyne 2-40.
DON BOSCO — Svoboda , Cael Tenold 3-79, Kendall Becker 4-72, Even 1-30, Svoboda 1-1.