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Hooked and Laddered


Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
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It wasn't necessarily an extremely important playin the football game. Given the end score, it wasn't necessarily of consequence period. It was the most memorable. It was perfectly executed. It definitely helped put one nail in Rushford-Peterson's coffin. Leading 14-0 (via two and six yard first quarter touchdown runs by Marcus Tucker and Zach Olstad respectively), Fillmore Central faced a 4th down and six from the R-P 26 with 32 seconds to go in the first half. Falcon coach Chris Mensink delved into his trickeration bag, pulling out; Andy Todd (pass) to split end Ryan Baker (lateral) to fullback Olstad, 25-yard hook-and-ladder touchdown. It gave the visiting Falcons a commanding 21-0 lead at the break. If that wasn't enough to demoralize the Trojans into submission, the first play of the second half did the trick. FC tailback Tyler Eickhoff broke free for a 73-yard touchdown run. The Falcons added a 14-yard Todd to Tanner Ristau touchdown strike. They also preserved the shutout victory by stopping the Trojans on a 4th quarter 1st and goal situation. The final was 34-0. Eickhoff (12-124, TD) and Olstad (16-90, 2 TDs) paced a Falcon ground game that chewed up 270 yards. R-P's lone bright spot was senior Chris Boemke who topped 100 yards rushing. FC moved its record to 2-0, R-P the opposite at 0-2.

Surreal

It's the best way to describe the 9-man match-up between #4 Lanesboro and #13 Spring Grove. It started just one play into the game. Spring Grove fumbled. Lanesboro took over, advanced to the 1-yard line, and returned the fumbling-favor. The Lions turned around and marched 99 yards in 20 plays for the games first score, an 11-yard Blaine Storlie to Sam Ellingson (on 4th down). The Burros seemingly answered. Niko Anderson broke free for a 49-yard touchdown jaunt, but the run was negated by a hold. The scored stayed 6-0 visitors until, with 1:51 left in the 1st half, Ellingson fielded a punt and returned it 53 yards for a score (14-0 SG). The Lions then promptly kicked the ensuing boot out of bounds twice in a row (times two and three in the game). Lanesboro began a small drive, but botched a second QB-FB exchange with 23 seconds left. Seconds later, Jake Kraus hauled in a Storlie pass for 53 and 6. The Lions, on high from getting two TD's in as many minutes, went into the half up 21-0. With their first second half possession, Kraus and SG again found the end zone, a 22-yard run (on 3rd and 14). With the score 28-0, the game was for all intents and purposes, done. But it was only just getting strangely unbelievable as, on one Lanesboro possession, the two teams combined for 11 penalties (they collectively tallied 27 total for the game). Eight of those infractions, including five Burro false starts, occurred during one set of downs (from one first down to the next). The Burros went from 1st and 10 at the SG 22, to 3rd and 23 (after penalties), to 3rd and 3 (after a long run), to 4th and 22 (more penalties), to 4th and 5 (following a SG penalty), to 1st and goal from the ten (after another SG penalty)! Anderson seemingly scored on the next play, but it was negated by a Burro penalty! In the end, Lanesboro turned the ball over on downs at the 19. In the end, the Lions prevailed 28-0. The Burros record is an even 1-1.

Squandered

Including their contest with Fillmore Central, the R-P volleyball team has played 12 matches. Of all the sets in all those matches, they would most like to have back one (and likely two) of the three they played against the Falcons. On the other hand, from FC's perspective, comeback wins come equipped fully with natural exaltation. After taking set one 25-19, the Falcons fell behind in the second game, at one point trailing 22-17, at another point 24-19. R-P needed just one point to even the match at one. They wouldn't get that one point until after FC rattled off six straight and had taken a 25-24 advantage. R-P then sent a serve deep. FC sent their next opening volley perfect, an ace. The Falcons won set two 27-25. Set three was similar. R-P jumped ahead (15-7), but couldn't sustain. The Falcons tied the game at 17, went ahead for good at 20-19, finally prevailing 25-23 (for the 3-0 match win). Overall, it was a hitter's clinic. FC's Alex Peterson emphatically pounded down 22 kills. Teammate Taylor Case added 16. R-P got 21 kills from Amy Todd and 16 from Kenzie Lind. Setters Emily Culhane (R-P), Morgan Malley (FC), and Jada Brunsvold (FC) were pivotal in that, recording 36, 21, and 15 assists respectively. R-P is now 7-5. FC is 3-1.

Volleyball

9-6-11

Chatfield 3, Southland 1 > 25-22, 21-25, 25-11, 26-24 > (C: Fourth set was tied at 24, Gophers got last two points to seal win.)

Dover-Eyota 0, Rushford-Peterson 3 > 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 (R-P: Kenzie Lind 10 kills, 8 digs, 6 aces; Amy Todd 10 kills, 7 digs, 5 aces; Emily Culhane 21 assists, Kendra Crawford 10 digs)

Fillmore Central 3, Kingsland 0 > 25-17, 25-11, 25-20 > (FC: Alex Peterson 15 kills, 7 digs; Taylor Case 14 kills, 8 digs; Morgan Malley 25 assists. K: no stats)

Lyle/Pacelli 1, Lanesboro 3 > 25-15, 25-15, 20-25, 25-19 > (L: Kaia Hongerholt 12 digs; Karlee Ruen 8 digs; Madison Ming 6 kills; Megan Kiehne 6 aces)

Schaeffer Academy 0, Mabel-Canton 3 > 25-10, 25-4, 25-11 > (M-C: Carly McCabe 18 assists; Lydia Geving 9 aces, 5 kills; Belle Sand 6 kills; Danielle Paul/Christine Lee 6 aces each)

9-8-11

Kingsland 3, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 2 > 25-11, 25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 15-7 > (K: Emily Schlitter 38 assists, 21 digs; McKayla Pruter 19 digs. PEM: Taylor Aakre 8 kills; Josie Montgomery 11 digs, 6 blocks, 4 aces; Haley Spring 14 digs. Knights pick up 1st W, move to 1-2)

Lanesboro 3, Winona-Hope Lutheran 0 > 25-15, 25-23, 25-18 > (L: Linnea Thiss 4 kills, 4 assists; Karlee Ruen 8 assists, 5 digs; Kaia Hongerholt 9 digs; Madison Ming 5 blocks; Bryn Harmon 4 aces. Burros are 3-1)

Mabel Canton 3, Spring Grove 0 > 25-11, 25-20, 25-18 > (MC: Lydia Geving 13 kills, 16 digs; Belle Sand 12 kills, 14 digs; Carly McCabe 35 assists, 10 digs; Christine Lee 13 digs, 3 aces. SG: Addy Cross 19 assists, 15 digs; Randi Mehus 15 digs. Cougars are undefeated at 10-0)

9-10-11

Mankato West Tournament (at Minnesota State University) > Pool Play: Chatfield 2, Minnesota Valley Lutheran 0 (25-9, 25-21); Chatfield 2, Mankato East 0 (25-12, 25-18); Chatfield 0, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 2 (27-29, 13-25) > Tournament Play: Chatfield 1, Windom Area 2 (25-23, 16-25, 9-15); Chatfield 1, Maple Grove-Heritage Christian Academy 2 (23-25, 25-10, 10-15). Gophers are 9-4.

Football

9-9-11

# 6 Chatfield 6, Caledonia 26 (CHAT: Only TD came on a 6-yard Nate Skare to Jesse Julian pass in 3rd quarter. Gophers barely topped 100 yards total offense. CALE: Adam Drenckhahn caught a 9-yard pass and returned a game clinching 4th quarter punt 81-yards for TDs. Warriors only notched 150 yards offense. Chatfield is 1-1)

Kingsland 6, Southland 28 (K: Registered less than 100 yards total offense. Got only score with less than 10 seconds remaining on a Chase Gasner 3-yard run. S: Mike Goergen had 170 yards rushing and 2 TD's. Rebel offense notched almost 400 yards while scoring once in each quarter. Knights are 1-1)

Houston 34, Mabel-Canton 20 (M-C: Gabe Lind 26 carries, 141 yards, 2 TD's rushing; Jesse Amdahl 23 carries, 94 yards, TD rushing. H: Riley Horihan 4 carries, 70 yards, 2 TD's rushing; Troy Sires had two passing TD's. Game was tied at 13 entering in the 4th. 'Canes broke game open with a 2-yard Horihan TD run, a 3-yd Peter Jergenson TD run, and then Horihan capped the game with a 50-yard TD burst. Cougars are 0-2)

Cross Country

9-8-11

La Crescent Invite

> Boys Team: 1st Winona-Cotter 25, 2nd La Crescent 39, 3rd Lake City 108, 4th Wabasha-Kellogg 114, 5th L-A/R-P 149, 6th Stewartville 151, 7th Kingsland 192, 8th Arcadia W 194, Providence Academy Inc > Boys Individual: Top L-A/R-Per's: 9th Austin O'Hare, 19th Graham Sullivan, 22nd Ryan Ruberg; Top Knights: 31st Clayton Friemuth, 52nd Dane Gillespie > Girls Team: 1st La Crescent 22, 2nd Stewartville 74, 3rd Arcadia WI 94, 4th Winona-Cotter 102, 5th L-A/R-P 121, 6th Lake City 135, 7th Wabasha-Kellogg 197, 8th Kingsland 211, Schaeffer Academy Inc, Providence Academy Inc > Girls Individual: Top L-A R-Per's: 11th Alyson Mueller, 19th Mariah Olson, 32nd Danielle Eberhard, 33rd Courtney Doerr; Top Knight: 37th Melanie Woods, 40th Melinda Woods.

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