By Brett Hart
Big defensive plays propelled the Clear Lake football team to a 34-14 victory over Boyceville on Aug. 30 in Boyceville - just one week after a 30-0 season opening victory over Glenwood City. The Warriors (2-0), who are ranked No. 8 in Division 7, set the tone with 9:17 remaining in the first quarter when Ivan Ruble sacked Boyceville quarterback Connor Sempf a the 24 yard line and Ryan Hayden recovered the ball for a Clear Lake touchdown. Jackson Fuller ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Angel Guillen added to the lead at the beginning of the second quarter when he punched the ball into the endzone from a yard out.
Sempf returned the favor with a 1-yard TD run just 18 seconds before halftime.
Clear Lake opened the second half with another defensive score as it forced a safety on a Bulldog punt attempt.
Ruble then scored on a 2-yard touchdown run as time expired in the third quarter. He also ran in the 2-point conversion for a 24-6 lead.
Boyceville's Sebastion Nielsen gave the Bulldogs (1-1) another 1-yard TD run with just under 8 minutes remaining in the game, but that left plenty of time of the Warriors score twice more.
Jarrett Marlett and Ruble forced another Boyceville safety at the 4:35 mark and just over a minute later, Guillen closed out the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run, which was followed by a Jackson Steinberger two-point conversion.
Overall, Clear Lake held just a 50 yard advantage in total offense, but did it completely on the ground. It's one pass attempt was intercepted, but with 52 running plays resulting in 200 yards of offense, the Warriors were able to dictate the pace of the game.
Ruble ran for 123 yards on 27 carries to lead the rushing attack while Sempf completed 9-of-14 pass attempts for the Bulldogs, tallying 102 yards in the air. He was also Boyceville's leading rusher with 32 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, Clear Lake recovered three Boyceville fumbles. Marlett was the team's leading tackler with 6.5, including one for a loss. Ruble tallied six tackles, including a sack and two tackles for losses. Jacob Burbach also recorded a sack.