Voss tosses 7 first-half TD's in 76-6 win over Worthington
JACKSON -- It’s a bit early for snowballs, but there was a big Husky version of one rolling downhill here Friday night at Jackson County Central’s Swearingen Field.
And it flattened the Worthington Trojans.
Senior quarterback Rudy Voss threw a school-record seven touchdowns -- all in the first half -- and a strikingly efficient JCC team whipped Worthington 76-6 in a Big South Conference clash.
The Huskies scored on nine of their first 10 possessions, rolling up more than 560 yards of total offense and trampled the Trojans in historic fashion in the resumption of a time-honored rivalry.
“They tackled better than us, they blocked better than us and they were coached better than us,” said Worthington coach Gene Lais. “But we’ll respond. Our kids will come back to work next week and we’ll be ready to go (next Friday).”
It was the teams’ first meeting since 2013. It was also the ninth straight victory for the Huskies in the longtime rivalry, a span during which JCC has outscored the Trojans by an average of more than three touchdowns per game.
Worthington’s last victory in the series was a 23-13 triumph in 2005. That was the Trojans’ last winning season.
On Friday night, the gap between the squads looked greater than ever. It was mainly because of Voss, who is rewriting the JCC passing record book.
Voss, who already holds the Huskies record for pass completions with more than 250, had a night to remember. He was 12-for-18 passing for 199 yards and seven touchdowns.
And he didn’t throw a pass in the second half.
“He’s a dude, the real deal,” said Lais. “He can run and throw, just a great athlete.”
Voss has 35 career TD tosses, five shy Tanner Menke’s school record. Voss is also about 400 yards behind Menke’s school mark of 3,848 career passing yards.
He threw TD tosses to five different receivers in the first half, including two each to Keaton Storm and Damian Meyer-Andre.
Nathaniel Post, Jade Brinkmanship and Dalton Henning also caught first-half TD passes as the Huskies moved up and down the field at will.
Storm also kicked 10 extra points.
Sophomore Levi Lindsey contributed to the rout with two long returns.
Indeed, the only time in the game the Huskies were forced to punt, Worthington muffed it.
JCC, which defeated Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 46-0 in its opener, improved to 2-0. The Huskies outgunned Worthington 562-148.
“We’ve got a really experienced football team,” said JCC coach Tom Schuller. “For a lot of these kids, this is their third year of starting. When they were sophomores, a majority of them had to start. We were short-handed and they had to learn by fire. They had no B squad time, really. Now, we’re seeing the fruits of that. But they don’t just roll out of bed and do this. They’ve worked hard.”
Voss, a 6-foot-3, 186-pounder, rushed for 55 yards in the first half. He proved elusive in the pocket and ran hard.
“We wanted it,” Voss said. “We’ve been working hard all summer and we just had a great night. The pass blocking was awesome and the wide receivers made some plays. It was a big night for us.”
The Trojans had little to cheer about. Senior quarterback Will Brandner was under duress all night because of JCC’s pass rush. He completed just five passes.
Sophomore Jake Brandner relieved his brother late in the game and connected with sophomore speedster Kelka Alwal on a 77-yard touchdown.
But it was far too little, too late.
Jackson County Central, which has won two state championships and finished runner-up three times since 1985, rushed for 363 yards. Colton Bents ran for 105 yards and a score.
Worthington, which opened last week with a 41-12 loss in Luverne, is 0-2. The Trojans will play their home opener Friday against Sibley East.
Worthington 0 0 6 0 — 6
JCC 21 34 7 14 — 76