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College football: West dominates Vermilion 41-7

WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota West football team hardly had time to digest its 41-7 victory over Vermilion on a hot Saturday night before head coach Jeff Linder promised them a hard week of practice.

The Bluejays expect a lot of themselves this season, and as if to reinforce that fact, Linder berated them in the middle of Trojan Field moments after the one-sided contest ended.

“A lot of work to do,” was one statement that was overheard.

Despite a performance that clearly demonstrated an easy superiority on both sides of the football and saw more than one highlight reel play from sophomore running back-return man Reuben Linton II, Linder was in no mood to celebrate. The Jays lost their edge in the second half, he said, and that’s unacceptable for a team planning for an autumn stocked with successes.

“We came out flat,” Linder said to a reporter afterward. “Offensively, we just didn’t get it back up as we did in the first half. I know heat can be a factor, but we had a lot more guys than they did. We didn’t finish as we should offensively.”

One player who clearly knew how to finish was Linton. The fast and elusive Linton had his first highlight play with 1:29 remaining in the first quarter and West already leading 14-0. Taking in a Vermilion punt, the 5-10, 190-pounder knifed, darted and sprinted through Ironmen defenders 52 yards to the endzone, and when kicker Tyler Smith booted his third straight extra point, the Jays led 21-0.

For more on Saturday's game, see the Sept. 3 Daily Globe print edition.