WORTHINGTON -- Waseca’s Ryan Dufault has a well-earned reputation for his basketball ability.
The senior quarterback isn’t too shabby on the football field, either.
Dufault rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns Friday night to lead the Waseca Bluejays to a 41-6 victory over Worthington at Trojan Field.
Dufault also threw a touchdown pass to fellow basketball star Kyreese Willingham and sophomore halfback Christian Rodriguez ran for 105 yards and a score as the Bluejays improved to 3-1.
Worthington (1-2) scored in the first half on a 63-yard touchdown strike from Brock Bruns to tight end Tommy Lais. The two seniors hooked up again on a 74-yard reception in the second quarter.
But that was all the offense Worthington could muster against the senior-laden Bluejays. Waseca outgained the Trojans 336-187 in total yards.
“I was very impressed with Worthington. They’re an improved team,” said veteran Waseca coach Brad Wendland. “They’ve got good size and some good senior leadership.”
Dufault, a highly regarded point guard who has more than 1,300 career points and last winter on the hardwood averaged 18 points, six assists and three steals, is one of several exceptional senior basketball players at Waseca. He likely will have college football opportunities as well.
Dufault scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter to give his team the lead for good. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder carried the ball 23 times out of shotgun formation, often on designed runs behind the Bluejays’ solid offensive line.
“I’m glad he’s on our side,” said Wendland, whose team finished 8-3 last fall. “He’s a tough kid, first and foremost. And his athleticism matches his toughness. He’s a playmaker.”
Worthington has a few of those also. The Bruns-to-Lais connection struck late in the first stanza as the 6-4 Lais got open deep in the secondary and the 6-6 Bruns hit him perfectly. Lais, the son of Worthington head coach Geno Lais, cut back and evaded two tacklers en route to completing the 63-yard touchdown play.
The Waseca defense, a unit led by 240-pound lineman Marcus Hansen, never allowed the Trojan rushing game to get going.
“Marcus Hansen, No. 66, is the best player that we’ve probably ever had,” said Wendland, who has been at Waseca for 15 years. “He’s a handful. He’s been offered by Army … an incredible player.”
The Trojan defense came up with two first-half turnovers, fumble recoveries by Tate Gaul and Gabriel Johnson. The latter came late in the first half when defensive end Godmar Gach’s big hit forced Dufault to fumble.
The Trojans actually had the total offense advantage at halftime, 168-166, thanks to the two long Bruns completions to Lais. But Waseca dominated the second half, limiting WHS to just two first downs after intermission.
Bruns finished 7-for-20 for 160 yards and two interceptions. Defensive leaders for the Trojans included linebacker Kent Lais and Gach.
The crisp October evening showcased the newly remodeled Trojan Field and its sparkling artificial turf.
“You have a beautiful place here, with the turf and new scoreboard,” said Wendland. “It’s really a lot to be proud of and a great thing for your school and community.”
Next Friday night, the Trojans are at St. Peter and Waseca plays at Marshall.