Athlete of the Week: Elk Mound's rushing attack

ELK MOUND, Wis. (WEAU) - Like most high school football teams, Elk Mound (6-2, 4-1) loves to run the ball. Unlike most teams though, the Mounders have an All-State running back in Brady Redwine. Last Friday, on homecoming night, the senior workhorse turned in a ridiculous performance on the ground rushing for 359 yards and 7 touchdowns on just 18 carries in a 61-0 victory over Altoona.

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“You know, it was a special night for him and for our football program and Elk Mound. He just - he finds the gaps. He finds that little running seam and he does special things," Mounders head coach Dave Lew explained. "I mean some of these games he’s only played half a game and to put up numbers like that it’s about that teamwork, it’s about that o-line and Brady seeing the hole.”

“Every time you get the ball the mentality is to score, so you just keep that mentality and see where it goes," said Elk Mound senior running back Brady Redwine. "We knew that there was going to be a game where we were going to break something out and just everyone was blocking hard, everyone was doing their roles and that led me to so many yards and such success.”

The even crazier stat line was what Elk Mound was able to accomplish as a whole with their rushing attack. Their backs combined for 546 yards and 9 touchdowns on 37 rushing attempts. That nearly doubled their previous season high for yards (293) and scores (5) from Week 4 when they made some adjustments up front following a 1-2 start to the season.

“After Week 3 we had to sit down and put some different guys in different spots and ever since then they’ve gelled and they’re a really nice group to be around," added coach Lew. "They’re a fun group to be around.”

One of the shifts Mounders head coach Dave Lew credits their resurgence in the run game to was moving right guard Brett Lew to fullback.

“I hurt my hamstring early during the year, so it was hard to back into a stance and come up so the likely move was to not keep me in a stance," Elk Mound senior fullback Brett Lew explained. "I used to pull a lot as a guard, so a lot of the same movements and physicality is the same for a fullback.”

The regular season comes to a close this week with Elk Mound hosting Glenwood City. Another opportunity for the ground game to flourish and for Brady Redwine to add to his rushing totals of 1,433 yards and 23 touchdowns.

“I’m just really glad he’s back there and just hope he keeps doing his thing," added Brett Lew.

A win in Week 9 for the Mounders would earn them at least a share of the Dunn-St. Croix title. They’re currently in a three-way tie for first with Mondovi and Spring Valley.