Adrian rolls; SWU blanked
CANBY — A strong defensive effort and consistent scoring took the Adrian Dragons past host Canby 39-14 Thursday night in the 2013 high school football opener for both teams.
Adrian scored in every quarter. Canby was held scoreless until the fourth.
AHS Quarterback Logan Rogers threw sparingly, completing three of four attempts for 101 yards. But two of his attempts went for touchdowns.
The first went to Jacob Diekmann from 11 yards away. The second was to Cody Polzine for an 18-yard score.
The Dragons scored three times on rushing attempts before Rogers found paydirt through the air. Dawson White opened the scoring with a 22-yard run and Jordan Dingmann scored the next TD on a 35-yard run. It was Dingmann again, still before halftime, finding paydirt on a 58-yard carry.
Sid Kounlabout scored for AHS in the second half on a five-yard carry.
Canby scored on a 1-yard run by Josh Gallegos and a 24-yard pass from Gallegos to Michael Slaba.
Dingmann led the Dragons in rushing with nine carries for 135 yards. Matt Slater and Jesse Slater led Adrian defensively with 12 and 11 tackles respectively.
As a team, Adrian carried the football 48 times for 242 yards. Canby gained just 52 yards on 24 attempts. Gallegos completed 13 of 28 passes for 110 yards.
Adrian did not turn the ball over. Canby was intercepted once in the game.
Adrian 7 18 7 7 — 39
Canby 0 0 0 14 — 14
Nicollet 57, SWU 0
BREWSTER — Scoring twice on touchdown passes in the game’s first three minutes and 13 seconds Thursday night, the visiting Nicollet Raiders set the tone early and rolled to a 57-0 victory over Southwestern United in a season-opening Southern Confederacy Nine-Man high school football game.
The Raiders crossed the goal line two more times in the opening quarter and added a trio of touchdowns in the second quarter to earn a convincing 48-0 halftime lead.
Senior running back Matt Fischer, who was a perfect 7-for-7 on extra point kicks, broke loose on a 50-yard touchdown romp in the third quarter and the Raiders finished the game’s scoring with a safety after SWU had made a strong goal-line stand late in the game.
The Wildcats put together two solid drives in the second half, but were unable to move the ball into the end zone, having one of its marches stall inside the Nicollet one-yard line.
Junior running back Branden O’Connor had several long runs for SWU, finishing the game with over 50 yards rushing, while also making several key plays on defense for the Wildcats.
Skyler Sievert and Jordan Hall each had strong runs on SWU’s second-half drives and a 24-yard pass from Dakotah Schmid to Brady Haberman was the longest gain of the night for the Wildcats.
Hunter Timko played outstanding on defense for SWU in the second half and both Schmid and Hall were involved in lots of tackles for the Wildcats, who travel to east to play Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman next Friday.
Nicollet 27 21 7 2 –– 57
SWU 0 0 0 0 — 0
Cleveland 26, Fulda 6
FULDA — The Cleveland Clippers compiled 327 total yards to overpower the Fulda Raiders in their season opener at home Thursday.
The Clippers ran the ball 46 times for 145 yards and went 13-for-32 through the air for 182 yards. The Raiders picked up 109 yards total, 27 yards on the pass and 82 yards on the ground.
Cleveland scored first in the opening quarter on a 78-yard touchdown pass from QB Grant Germscheid to Spencer Davies (two-point conversion no good.)
The Clippers added 14 points in the second and another six points in the third to take a commanding 26-0 lead. The Raiders avoided the shutout with a 34-yard run by Brandon Everett (seven carries, 48 yards) with 7 minutes and 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Brian Fenske (12 carries, 18 yards) ran in the two-point conversion to give Fulda eight points in the game.
Bennett Appel added 16 yards on five carries for the Raiders, while Fenske went 2-for-15 through the air for 27 yards.
On defense, Josh Ramerth picked up four solo tackles, assisted on seven tackles and recovered a fumble. He also had an interception and three pass breakups in pass protection. Joey Voss and Everett tied for the lead in tackles with six solos, while Voss added seven assists and a fumble recovery to go along with five assists for Everett.
Fulda (0-1) hosts Westbrook-Walnut Grove next week Friday.
Cleveland 6 14 6 0 — 23
Fulda 0 0 0 8 — 8
W-WG 20, G-H-EC/Truman 0
WESTBROOK — Matt Otto ran for 135 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers to a season opening win over Granada-Huntley East Chain/Truman Mustangs.
The Chargers opened up the scoring in the first quarter on a three-yard run by Tristian Joel with Otto picking up the two-point conversion on a run to put W-WG up 8-0. Otto scored his first TD of the night on a five-yard run later in the quarter (extra point failed) to put the Chargers up 14-0.
The Mustangs scored their only points in the second quarter on a 10-yard run, but the Chargers scored again in the fourth quarter on an Otto 56-yard TD run to put themselves back up by 14.
W-WG finished the game with 327 total yards (206 rushing, 121 passing), while only allowing G-H-EC/Truman to pick up 231 total yards.
Joel was 6-for-14 passing for 121 yards to lead the Chargers offense, while Sean McCroskey caught four passes for 100 yards.
On defense, W-WG was led by Logan Weis who had 12 solo tackles and a sack, while Tyler Schoborg added 11 tackles and a sack. Levi Bunting racked up three sacks, while Joel had two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
The Chargers (1-0) travel to Fulda next week Friday.
G-H-EC/T 0 6 0 0 — 6
W-WG 14 0 0 6 — 20
E/E 66, Alden-Conger 8
ALDEN — Racking up 455 yards on the ground and another 100 through the air, the Edgerton/Ellsworth Flying Dutchmen opened their season with a convincing win, scoring seven touchdowns in the first half and crossing the goal line three more times in the second half.
Meanwhile, E/E’s defense — led by Andy Menning’s seven tackles and two sacks — limited the Knights to a mere 74 yards of net offense (38 rushing and 36 passing), after impressively holding A-C to negative 20 yards on the ground in the first half.
E/E’s Jorge Lopez carried the ball seven times for 157 yards, including touchdown runs of 44 and 36 yards.
Tyler Kurrasch bulled for 95 yards on six carries and Trevor Van Dyke rambled for 67 yards on seven rushes, including a pair of second-half TDs — capping a drive with a one-yard burst and dashing 41 yards for another.
Nate Paulsen ran eight times for 27 yards and was 5-of-8 passing for 65 yards, throwing a trio of TD passes.
Jesse Berning (13 yards), Jake Post (21 yards) and Kurrasch (14 yards) were on the receiving ends of Paulsen’s touchdown strikes.
The Dutchmen host Hills-Beaver Creek next Friday night.
E/E 26 20 6 14 — 66
A-C 0 0 0 8 — 8
H-BC 36, Randolph 22
RANDOLPH — The long journey was a successful trip for the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots, who presented a balanced offensive attack and earned a 14-point victory.
Dylan Gehrke completed 16 of 30 passes for 201 yards and also ran the ball 18 times for 52 yards.
H-BC churned out 221 yards on the ground, including a 169-yard night from Caleb Vis (24 carries), who scored a trio of touchdowns (nine, 43, one)
Gehrke ran for a pair of TDs (five and 10) and the Patriots scored three times on two-point conversions.
Carey Taubert (nine catches for 109 yards) and Braden Ellingson (six catches for 80 yards) were Gehrke’s main targets.
Defensively, the Patriots received stellar performances from Dalton Klarenbeek (seven tackles, including two sacks), Jeff Nelson (four tackles, including a sack) and Ellingson (six tackles and an interception).
The Patriots, who recorded a total of six sacks in the game, take a shorter trip next week as they play at Edgerton vs. rival Edgerton/Ellsworth.
H-BC 22 0 8 6 — 36
Randolph 0 8 8 6 — 22
West Lyon 35, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 13
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa —In a highly-anticipated season-opening game between Lyon County rivals, the Wildcats of West Lyon earned a 35-13 victory over the Lions of Central Lyon/George-Little Rock.
The game, billed as the Agriculture Bowl —previously known as the Beef Bowl, was televised on various stations, with viewing available in six upper Midwest states.