Coming off a victory at Groton last week, Milbank returned to their home field to face off against Dell Rapids on Friday, October 5. Right away, the Quarriers began adding points to the board. They scored in the first quarter and twice more in the second before Milbank connected for a 23-yard touchdown pass from Kaden Krause to Will Cummins. When the band took the field, the halftime score was 21-6.
The Quarriers also dominated the scoring in the second half, but in the fourth quarter Bulldog Jake Sandvig steamed into the end zone on a 13-yard run to lessen Dell Rapids’ lead. Unfortunately for the Dawgs, Dell Rapids wasn’t done racking up points. They added one more TD for the night to take the final score to 41-12 in favor of the Quarriers.
Although the Bulldogs had the upper hand in passing yards (111-42) and both teams committed three penalties each, rushing yards made the difference in the game. The Bulldogs put up only 85 to the Quarriers’ 260.
Next up for the Dawgs – they travel to Sisseton on October 12, to take on the Redmen. Kick off is 7 p.m.
Bulldogs Defeat Groton Tigers:
On September 28, the Bulldogs tangled with their Northeastern Conference rival – the Groton Tigers on the road. After butting heads, the Bulldogs emerged victorious at 34-13.
Senior Jacob Karges got things started for Milbank in the first quarter when he ran 42 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs kept the Tigers scoreless until the clock ran out on the first quarter. Milbank held the lead at 6-0.
The Tigers returned to the field in the second quarter intent on retaliating for the Bulldog’s score. They rallied for a touchdown and followed it with a good point-after kick. The Dawgs trailed 6-7. MHS Junior Max McCulloch nabbed a 25-yard pass and used it to add another score to the Guest side of the board. McCulloch also helped complete the two-point conversion by passing the ball to Kaden Krause. Together they tipped the score back in favor of Milbank at 14-7.
The third quarter went to the Dawgs. Karges ran into the end zone for a touchdown and kicker Carlos Ramirez added the point-after. Milbank again refused to allow Groton to put any points on the scoreboard and Milbank led 21-7.
In the fourth quarter, Groton continued to put up a fight. The Tigers quickly added another touchdown to their tally, closing the gap to 21-13. The Groton score, however, was immediately answered by senior Bulldog Riley Gauer. He ran an 84-yard kickoff return all the way into the end zone. Ramirez made another good conversion to widen the score to 28-13.
The final push came again from Karges. He added 8 yards to his rushing stats (155 total for the night) and posted one more touchdown for the Bulldogs. When the lights went out, the score remained at 34-13 – a solid Bulldog victory!
Leading the defense were: Karges -eight tackles, Jacob Sandvig – five tackles, Tate Stricherz – the Bulldogs’ interception, and Jordan Riley – the lone fumble recovery.
Coach Adolph Shepardson said, “The boys played with a lot of pride and passion and we were able to get back into the win column. We improved to 3-0 in the NEC and will win the title outright with a victory over Sisseton on October 12th. This would give us back-to-back NEC titles.”