Prep football: Dawson-Boyd tops Adrian; MCC falls
ADRIAN — Adrian couldn’t keep going from a 14-6 advantage it held at halftime Thursday night against Class A seventh-ranked Dawson-Boyd.
The sixth-rated Dragons had their momentum taken away Thursday night at home en route to a 34-20 loss in Little Sioux Conference football play to the D-B Blackjacks. It was Adrian’s first setback this year, as the blue-and-gold fall to 6-1 on the season with still a lot of meaningful football to go.
“The season isn’t over. It’s just one ballgame,” Adrian football coach Randy Strand said after his team’s loss. “We’re only as good as our next game, so we’ll learn from this and move on.”
Adrian came up empty on its first drive and D-B would come up with an answer, marching 81 yards over a 4:04 span to a 6-0 lead on a 15-yard pass to junior Michael Lee.
The Dragons stalled out on their second possession and momentum swung Dawson-Boyd’s way early in the second frame. The Blackjacks moved the ball well early in the second period and looked as if they would extend their initial advantage.
Adrian found a counter, and it came from senior tailback Jordan Dingmann. The 5-foot-9 150-pounder struck quickly on a 51-yard scamper, capping a seven-play drive that ran 3:06 from the clock and gave the hometown blue-and-gold a deadlocked 6-6 ballgame following a failed kick.
Dingmann had more in him, as he gave his team a 14-6 advantage just before halftime, following an interception on defense from senior Jacob Bullerman-Diekmann and a big set-up catch to senior Dillon John at the two-yard line.
Dingmann had the touchdown and two-point conversion that gave the Dragons life going into the locker room.
Dawson-Boyd took charge on its opening possession of the third quarter, earning good field possession on a kick return to midfield. D-B senior Kyler Collins finished the drive, catching a touchdown from quarterback Joey Lee to bring his team within two.
The Blackjacks continued their charge, as Lee connected with Collins once again on a spectacular catch to the two-yard line. D-B senior Dalton Palmer plowed in to give his team an 18-14 lead midway through the third frame.
Adrian couldn’t find an answer, as D-B scored twice more, both times through the air, to build toward a 34-14 lead and its eventual win. Adrian would hand off to Dingmann once more for a score, but it was not enough to close the gap.
“We didn’t come out at half very well, and we didn’t do very well on kick off coverage,” Strand said. “We gave them good field position and then, every offensive possession except for one in the second half, we shot ourselves in the foot.”
Dingmann led Adrian with 22 totes for 132 yards, while John added 22 carries of his own for 105 yards on the ground. Quarterback Logan Rogers was 5-for-12 for 95 yards through the air. Adrian outgained D-B on the night 357-311, rushing for 262 yards and passing for its 95.
Minneota comes into a contest next Wednesday in Adrian at 7-0 following a 48-13 win Thursday night over Murray County Central.
“We have to be ready to play Minneota next week, and if we win that we’re still in the hunt,” Strand said. “It’s one game at a time.”
DB 6 0 12 14 — 34
Adrian 0 14 0 6 — 20
Minneota 48, MCC 13
MINNEOTA —Minneota jumped to an early lead on Murray County Central in Thursday night football action on its home field.
Minneota led 41-0 at halftime before MCC would respond for two second half scores. Minneota quarterback Austin Bysse threw for five touchdowns in the win, which covered one, 49, 15, 62 and 65 yards.
Logan Kluis and Seth Bass each had touchdowns for MCC. Senior quarterback Bass threw for 75 yards in his team’s loss and was 11-of 24.
The Rebels had 36 carries for 84 yards on the ground. Bass had 18 keepers on the ground for 50 yards, while Kluis had a half dozen carries for 25 yards.
MCC sophomore Grant Rohrer led the team with three receptions for 51 yards. Kluis led the MCC defense with nine tackles. Junior Derek Clarke and sophomore Mason Whitehead each turned in six tackles.
Minneota 21 20 7 0 — 48
MCC 0 0 6 7 — 13