The Bloomer Blackhawks football team’s season came to an end at Spencer Friday, Oct. 26, with a 37-18 loss to the #1 seeded Rockets in the WIAA D5 Level 2 playoff game.

The first half was all Spencer/Columbus Catholic. The Rockets had to punt on their first possession, but scored touchdowns on the following four. SCC finished the half with a 26-yard field goal for a 30-0 lead, and 308 yards.

Bloomer had the ball six times in the first half, and picked up three first downs and 58 total yards.

Bloomer started the second half with the ball at their own 40. Senior Jesse Buchli picked up seven yards on two carries, and senior Zach Ruf got around the right edge on third down and scored 57 seconds into the half.

About 10 seconds later, the Hawks had the ball back after SCC fumbled the kickoff return at their own 25. Buchli ran four times to reach the SCC 9, and then the Hawks lost four yards on a sack. Buchli ran for six yards, and then scored on a seven-yard run to cut SCC’s lead to 30-12 with 7:47 left in the third quarter.

The Rockets took over at their 18, ran seven times and punted from their own 44.

The Hawks took over at their own 32 with 3:19 left in the quarter and put together a 15-play scoring drive. Buchli picked up the first 11 yards on three runs, Zach Ruf ran for a yard, threw an incomplete pass and then connected with senior Caleb Ruf for a 27-yard gain to the SCC 29. Buchli and Zach Ruf went back to work on the ground, with Buchli scoring on a two-yard run with 9:10 left in the game.

The Rockets took over at their own 18, but SCC turned the ball over on downs at the Bloomer 26 with 4:35 left on the clock.

Bloomer made it to the SCC 40, but then a penalty moved the Hawks back to their own 48, where they fumbled on the next play.

SCC took over at the Bloomer 47, gained five yards on a Bloomer penalty, and then ran 38 yards on first down. SCC scored on the next play to go up 37-18 with 2:29 remaining.

Buchli ran 26 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns and Zach Ruf ran eight times for 60 yards and a score and threw for 42 yards, along with leading the defense with nine tackles and four assists. Senior Jace McMullin had five tackles and seven assists, Caleb Ruf had five tackles, three assists and an interception and senior Elijah Prill had two tackles and three assists.

Bloomer ends the season with an 8-3 record.

WIAA D5 Level 2 Playoff

#1 Spencer Columbus/Catholic 37, #4 Bloomer 18

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Bloomer 0 0 12 6 18

SCC 7 23 0 7 37

Game Summary

First Quarter

SCC – Austin Bacon 5 Yd Run (Evan Dieringer Kick) 3:02.

Second Quarter

SCC – Carson Hildebrandt 1 Yd Run (Dieringer Kick) 7:04.

SCC – Bacon 4 Yd Pass From Jarred Mandel (Dieringer Kick) 11:14.

SCC – Mandel 2 Run (Kick Failed) 4:25.

SCC – Dieringer 26 Yd Field Goal 0:01.

Third Quarter

B – Zach Ruf 53 Yd Run (Pass Failed) 11:03.

B – Jesse Buchli 7 Yd Run (Pass Failed) 7:47.

Fourth Quarter

B – Buchli 2 Yd Run (Pass Failed) 9:10.

SCC – Hayden Bauman 4 Yd Run (Dieringer Kick) 2:29.

Blackhawks Rockets 245 Total Yds. 462

60 Passing 84 43-185 Rushing 48-378 1 Interceptions Thrown 1 2 Fumbles Lost 1

Individual Statistics

Rushing – Bloomer, Jesse Buchli 26-108 (2 TD), Zach Ruf 8-60 (TD), Caleb Ruf 5-18, Leif Iverson 1-1. SCC, Bacon 12-123 (TD), Baumann 13-103 (TD), Mandel 8-87 (TD), Hildebrandt 11-56 (TD).

Passing – Bloomer, Zach Ruf 3-12-42-1, Caleb Ruf 1-1-18-0. SCC, Mandel 6-13-84-1 (TD).

Receiving – Bloomer, Caleb Ruf 1-27, Zach Ruf 1-18, Jace McMullin 1-12. SCC, Baumann 3-53, Bacon 2-28 (TD).

Bloomer Defense

Tackles (Unassisted/Assisted) – Zach Ruf 9/4, Jace McMullin 5/7, Caleb Ruf 5/3, Elijah Prill 2/3, Carter Rubenzer 1/6, Bradley Sarauer 1-3, Josh Zettlemeier 1-2, Brock Haseltine 1-1, Parker Readinger 0/3, Colton Buchli 1/0, Jesse Buchli 0/1, Cal Lueck 0/1, Trey Zwiefelhofer 0/1, Braedon Hoecherl 0/1, Charles Herrick 0/1, Tucker Kempe 0/1. Interceptions: Caleb Ruf 1-22. Fumble Recoveries: Trey Zwiefelhofer.