Amateur football: Huskerz defense takes over against Tri-State
HILLS — After one preseason game and one regular season game, Southwest Huskerz head coach Ken McCuen thinks he may have the No. 1 amateur football defense in the country.
Judging by the statistics, it would be difficult to disagree with him.
After recording 18 quarterback sacks two Saturdays ago in a 40-2 preseason drubbing of Albert Lea, the Huskerz added 16 more sacks on Saturday in a 28-0 regular season win over the Tri-State Buffalos in Hills.
In two games the Huskerz have outscored the opposition 68-2. They’ve gotten 34 sacks and allowed a total of 46 total yards. Albert Lea had 34 yards. Tri-State had 12.
“We dominated again, just like the last game,” said McCuen on Sunday. “To me, we are the top defense in the SPFL (Southern Plains Football League), and maybe the whole nation.”
Besides the 16 sacks, the Huskerz forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries. They intercepted two passes (Rob Smith and Austin Lloyd were credited with the picks). Linebacker Mark Riley had six sacks. Linebacker-defensive lineman Demetrius Washington had eight tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Linebacker Jordan Bouw had five sacks and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 31-yard fumble return. Defensive tackle Levi Ossenfort had six tackles including four for losses.
Southwest, which has its season opener this Saturday at Trojan Field in Worthington against The Panic, scored 22 of its 28 points against the Buffalos in the first quarter.
After Bouw’s fumble return, the Huskerz got a TD from running back Darieon Smith from 18 yards out. Teammate Khalid Waters scored later from 42 yards away.
Southwest converted two of three two-point conversion attempts following the first three touchdowns.
In the third quarter, Waters scored his second touchdown of the game on a 22-yard carry. The extra point was missed.
Smith finished with 133 yards rushing on 17 attempts, and Waters added 109 yards on six carries. Andy Henning rushed five times for 34 yards.
Southwest quarterback Jordan Larson completed just two of eight passes for nine yards on the windy day. But he also ran 11 times for 54 yards.
Southwest totaled 332 yards of rushing.
Since Southwest intends to win this year with a strong rushing game on offense and a suffocating defense, Saturday’s contest was as positive an outcome as could have been expected, said McCuen.
“When you have over 300 yards rushing, you’re having a good day,” said the head coach.
“Our scheme, they just run it to a T,” McCuen added. “They’re just a bunch of home run hitters. There’s a lot of good defenses out there, but our defense scores. That makes you a great defense.”
S’west 22 0 6 0 — 28
Tri-State 0 0 0 0 — 0