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Undefeated Evergreens blank the Red Raiders

MINONG -- The Northwood-Solon Springs football team earned its first shutout of the season Friday and improved to 3-0 in the Lakeland 8-Man Conference with a 48-0 win over Bruce.

MINONG - The Northwood-Solon Springs football team earned its first shutout of the season Friday and improved to 3-0 in the Lakeland 8-Man Conference with a 48-0 win over Bruce.

The Evergreens had allowed one touchdown in their season opener and two in their week two game.

“We finally got that first shutout. We were searching for that one,” said Matt Hager, Evergreens head coach.

As a team, the Evergreen defense forced Bruce to turn over the ball on downs five times. Senior Tommy Androsky and sophomore Hunter Phillips both came up with interceptions in the first half, and junior Jacob Gabriel finished the game with three sacks.

“I thought our defense was just outstanding,” Hager said. “After that first series there was nothing that they did that surprised us or beat us. I’m really proud of the way our guys constantly were hitting. I think that eventually wore them down, both offensively and defensively.”

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Bruce started Friday’s game with 55-yard drive that lasted nearly six and a half minutes. The Red Raiders came up with five first downs on the drive, two courtesy of Evergreen penalties.

With 5:36 left in the first quarter, however, Androsky gave possession to Northwood-Solon Springs with an interception in the end zone that he returned to the 16-yard line.

“I didn’t know if we were ever going to get the football at first,” Hager said. “It was just going on forever, but after that we really set the tone.”

Androsky’s interception sparked a 84-yard, nine-play drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown reception by Dustin Sohn with 2:03 on the clock.

Bruce then turned the ball over on downs, but the Red Raiders regained possession early in the second quarter when Josh Kelley recovered an Evergreen fumble. Back-to-back penalties early in the drive set the Red Raiders back on their heels, and they were forced to punt after a big defensive play by Sohn and Phillips.

Northwood-Solon Springs needed just 31 seconds to add to its lead. Quarterback Brandon Daleiden ran for 37 yards on the Evergreens’ first play, and on the second he threw a 15-yard pass to Elijah Volz for a touchdown. Daleiden also connected with senior Jase Kuffel on the two-point conversion attempt to give the Evergreens a 14-0 lead.

Kuffel would add two more touchdowns before halftime. He gave Northwood-Solon Springs its first TD on the ground with a 27-yard run at 1:21 in the second quarter, and he caught a 15-yard pass from Daleiden with 15.7 seconds to play after Phillips put the Evergreens in great position with his interception.

In the second half, the Evergreens scored three more touchdowns in the third quarter before putting in their reserve players to finish out the game.

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Kuffel and Daleiden each scored a rushing touchdown apiece, while Volz scored on a 44-yard pass from Daleiden.

For the night, Kuffel ran for two touchdowns and scored a third on a catch. He also accounted for all three of the Evergreens’ successful two-point conversion attempts.

Daleiden threw for touchdowns of 10, 15, 15 and 44 yards and added an 11-yard score on the ground.

“I’m  just super happy with the way these guys are progressing,” Hager said. “We’ve just got to keep that rolling next week at Siren.”

Northwood-Solon Springs plays Siren at 7 p.m. Friday. The Dragons enter the game with a 2-0 record.

EVERGREEN EXTRAS: The Evergreens learned this week that they will be eligible for the Eight-Man Football Jamboree following the end of the regular season. This is the first year Northwood-Solon Springs has had enrollment low enough to qualify. “You’ve got to be under 200, and our three-year average came to 198.6,” Hager said. “So we are going to be eligible as long as we keep winning football games.” … The Evergreens’ homecoming game is slated for Sept. 16, when Northwood-Solon Springs hosts Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. … Prairie Farm also kept its perfect season intact Friday night. The Panthers defeated Winter 49-6 to move to 2-0 in the Lakeland 8-Man Conference and 3-0 overall.

 

Bruce................................ 0    0     0     0   -   0

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Northwood-Solon.................. 6   20    22    0   -  48

First Quarter

N/SS - Dustin Sohn 10-yard pass from Brandon Daleiden (pass failed), 2:03.

Second Quarter

N/SS - Elijah Volz 15-yard pass from Daleiden (Jase Kuffel pass from Daleiden), 6:14

N/SS - Kuffel 27-yard run (pass failed), 1:21

N/SS - Kuffel 15-yard pass from Daleiden (run failed), :15.7.

Third Quarter

N/SS - Kuffel 28-yard run (Kuffel run), 11:01.

N/SS - Daleiden 11-yard run (Kuffel run), 7:28.

N/SS -Volz 44-yard pass from Daleiden (run failed), 4:13.

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