Rushford-Peterson keeps perfect start

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CHAD SMITH
TRI-COUNTY RECORD

The Rushford-Peterson foot- ball team kept its perfect start intact with a 41-7 road win at Southland on Friday, Sept 7.

The Trojans ground game was a big key to the win, the second in as many games. R-P coach Davin Thompson said the team played very well on both sides of the ball during their road game in Adams.

“I thought we played well and took what they gave us,” Thompson said. “I thought
in the first half we scored on some big plays. Triton Mel- dahl had a nice run in the first quarter to get us on the board. Southland turned it over and then we got the ground game going with (Ethan) Sense, who scored the second TD.

“We were also able to score toward the end of the half via special teams,” Thompson said. “Ethan Hermanson returned a punt 49 yards for a touchdown. They tried to take some of

our passing game away, so the offensive line and Sense really got going in the second half.”

The Trojans led South- land 20-0 at halftime, before outscoring the Rebels 21-7 in the second half to win by 34 points.

Sense finished the game with 25 carries for 180 yards and three of the team’s four touchdowns. Meldahl added
9 rushes for 94 yards and the other TD. Thanks in no small part to their efforts, the Trojan ground game averaged an im- pressive 7.25 yards per carry.

On a night when special teams and the ground game were big, the passing game was quiet. Senior quarterback Landon Skalet attempted only 12 passes, completing four of them for 23 yards. Skalet did contribute a one-yard touch- down run in the second half.

The Rebels’ only touchdown came in the third quarter. Se- nior running back Lee Wilson (10 carries, 98 yards) galloped 43 yards to the end zone for Southland’s only score. At that point, R-P (2-0, 2-0) led the

game 27-7 before adding two more scores in the fourth quar- ter to win the game 41-7.

Thompson described the vic- tory as a good team win.“We talk to our guys about being
a mature football team,” he said. “That means some nights, Ethan Sense will have a great game. Some nights, Triton Meldahl will have a big night. Kobe Lind or Ethan Herman- son might have a big game on a given night. It’s not about stats, it’s about getting wins as a team and playing together.

“Defensively, we were very physical, from the open-
ing kickoff till the end of the game,” Thompson added. “That’s another thing we tell the kids is be physical. It showed against Southland because I think we wore them down, both offensively and defensively.”

Schedule

The Trojans return home for a district matchup against the Fillmore Central Falcons (1-1, 1-1 in district). FC opened the season with a convincing win over Hayfield (31-0) and then dropped a game to Blooming Prairie (41-6). Thompson ex- pects Fillmore Central to play hard on Friday night at Ben Niggle Field.

“They matched up pretty well with Blooming Prairie,” he said. “They both like to run spread offenses, but BP wants to pass out of theirs while Fillmore Central wants to
run more out of their spread. They’re (FC) not quite as physical as they’ve been up front. Carson Kiehne is a nice slot receiver/running back for them. Josh Peters is a senior quarterback.

“They’ll run sweeps and counters when they have the ball, so they’ll make us defend the whole field,” Thompson added. “They don’t throw the ball a lot, so they probably will have to try to beat us on the ground.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

 

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