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Bulldogs crushed by Cubans
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Brandon Slaats ran wild, and the Boscobel football team couldn't stop the runaway train known as Cuba City in the season finale.
The Cubans raced out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back, crushing the winless Bulldogs 49-0 in the last SWAL game of the year.
"Cuba City showed why they're the second best team in the conference," said Boscobel coach Todd Fischer. "They have size, speed, and everything you could want in a football team."
It was an ignominious ending for a Boscobel team that searched all season for a victory.
In the end, the Bulldogs finished 0-9 overall and 0-7 in the SWAL.
Boscobel did move the ball somewhat against the Cubans, totaling 116 yards. Chase Varvil rushed for a team-high 64 yards, while Tom Moravits threw for 25 yards - 20 going to Ryan Boebel.
Cuba City, meanwhile, was able to do pretty much whatever it wanted on of-fense. Slaats racked up 137 yards on nine carries and scored three touchdowns.
Slaats had a huge run to set up his 3-yard touchdown that kicked off Cuba City's first-quarter scoring binge. On the Cubans' next series, Slaats bolted for a 38-yard scoring scamper.
Cody Neppenjan crashed in from two yards out to make it 21-0 later in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for Bosco-bel, Cuba City wasn't done. Alex Murphy scored on a 14-yard run that was followed by a 2-yard touch-down plunge by Slaats. Murphy scored again before the half on a 2-yard run.
The only scoring in the second half came on a 45-yard run by Preston Droessler.
Looking back on his first season at the helm of the Bulldogs' program, Fischer, hired just day before the start of practice this fall, was complimentary about the work put in by the senior class of Varvil, Zach Richards, Nic Roberts, Cody Bjorklund, Greg Bell, Josh Saunchegrow, Mark Harwood, Dillon Kjos, and Kody Brand.
"I couldn't have asked for more out of them," said Fischer. "They played every snap to the best of their ability. They were team leaders, and they didn't quit on me."
As for the team in total, Fischer added, "The kids were great. I can't speak highly enough of their work ethic and their attitude."
Still, as he looks toward next season, Fischer hopes to see the numbers grow, and in the offseason, he would like to see the remaining players commit to a weightlifting program.
"We've got good num-bers in the fifth through eighth grade programs, but we've had that before," said Fischer. "We need to get them to stay with it into the high school program."