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Edgerton blasts Lincoln HI/Lake Benton

EDGERTON -- Scoring on their first six offensive possessions and then adding a defensive touchdown to finish the first-half scoring Tuesday night, the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen built a 50-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 64-0 victory over Lincoln HI/Lake Benton in Southwest Ridge Conference football action.

Sophomore running back Chace Hulstein (nine carries for 128 yards) rushed for a trio of touchdowns in the first half, and sophomore quarterback Alex Heard (6-for-7 passing with 120 yards) threw for three scores in the game's first 24 minutes, as the quick-strike Edgerton offense was rolling early and often.

Jordan Bouw (four receptions for 48 yards), Pat Kleinjan and Derek Berning each hauled in a touchdown pass from Heard, while Marty Van Peursem returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown in the first half.

"This was a good team effort, as we came out and improved on our play from last week's 6-0 loss to Westbrook-Walnut Grove," Edgerton head coach Andrew Fleischman said. "All of our kids played hard, and both our offensive and defensive units played well tonight."

Edgerton (1-1) began the game with the ball, and on the second play of the night, Hulstein darted 58 yards for a touchdown. The two-point attempt failed, and Edgerton led 6-0 34 seconds into the game.

Senior defensive lineman Allen Hendriks (five tackles) came up with a big sack on the Rebels' first possession, forcing LHI/LB to punt after a three-and-out.

The Flying Dutchmen took over on their own 30-yard line, and Van Peursem (five carries for 72 yards) busted off a 55-yard gain up the middle on the first play.

With the ball at the Rebels' 15-yard line, Heard connected with Bouw for a touchdown. Hulstein rushed in for the two-point conversion, and Edgerton led 14-0 with 8:34 to play in the first quarter.

LHI/LB quarterback Alex Busselman gained 22 yards on a keeper on the ensuing possession, but the Rebels' drive stalled when Edgerton's Brandon Gunnink, a senior linebacker, intercepted a pass near midfield.

Gunnink (10 tackles) returned the ball to the Rebels' 43-yard line, and one play later, Edgerton was in the end zone for the third time.

Heard found Kleinjan with a pass, and Kleinjan broke a couple of tackles before crossing the goal line. Hulstein again punched in the two-point conversion, giving Edgerton a 22-0 lead with 4:14 to play in the first period.

LHI/LB punted on the ensuing possession, and Edgerton drove the ball to the Rebels' five-yard line as the first quarter ended.

Hulstein scored on a sweep to the right on the second quarter's initial play, increasing Edgerton's advantage to 28-0. Kleinjan ran in on a reverse for the two-pointer, and Edgerton led 30-0 with 11:54 to go in the first half.

After another punt by the Rebels, Edgerton scored on its fifth consecutive drive. Hulstein took another sweep to the right and put on a nifty move at the 30-yard line to complete a 42-yard touchdown dash.

Van Peursem's two-point conversion run gave the Flying Dutchmen a 38-0 lead with 8:54 remaining in the second quarter.

Gunnink recovered a fumble on LHI/LB's following drive, and Edgerton took over at the Rebels' 35-yard line.

On fourth-and-six from the 31, Heard and Berning hooked up on a beautiful touchdown play to make it 44-0.

Berning streaked down the right sideline and made a diving catch in the end zone with 5:47 on the second-quarter clock. The two-point try failed.

LHI/LB (0-2) was moving on the ensuing drive, as Clint Barber gained 13 yards on the ground to help the Rebels reach Edgerton's 39-yard line.

However, on a third-and-eight play, Busselman was intercepted by Van Peursem at the 37-yard line. Van Peursem raced down the right sideline before cutting back to the middle and scoring the seventh Edgerton touchdown with 2:51 remaining before halftime.

The two-point attempt was no good, leaving Edgerton with a 50-0 bulge at the mid-game break.

A pair of freshmen scored the game's final touchdowns, as Edgerton tacked on eight points in the third quarter, and six more in the fourth period.

Tanner DeKam blocked a punt and returned the ball 43 yards for a touchdown with 9:51 left in the third quarter. Brady Timmer scored the two-point conversion to make it 58-0.

Timmer then scored on the first play of the fourth quarter with a two-yard burst. The two-point try failed, and with 11:55 to go in the game, Edgerton led 64-0.

Edgerton finished the game with 330 rushing yards on 40 carries, while the Rebels totaled 55 rushing yards and 36 passing yards.

Both teams play again on Saturday, as Edgerton will play Lakeview in Cottonwood, and LHI/LB visits Cedar Mountain/Comfrey.

LHI/LB 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Edgerton 22 28 8 6 -- 64

W-WG 24, H-BC/E 0

HILLS -- Josh Merrick rushed for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Chargers (2-0) past the Patriots (1-1).

Merrick scored from 11 and 39 yards, rushing for 76 yards on 13 carries, while Austin Quade led the Chargers on the ground with 105 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yard TD.

The Chargers' defense held the Patriots to 46 yards of total offense (17 rushing/29 passing).

Caleb Ellingson was 8-of-17 for the Patriots and hit Tanner Leuthold with five passes.

Kale Leuthold made 10 tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble to lead the Patriot garrison. Tanner Leuthold had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Brady Leuthold had five tackles and a quarterback sack. Joel Van Batavia picked off one pass for the Patriots.

H-BC/E hosts SWU Saturday, while W-WG visits Lincoln HI/Lake Benton Sept. 14.

W-WG 8 2 8 6 -- 24

H-BC/E 0 0 0 0 -- 0