The Milbank Bulldogs dominated over the Redfield-Doland Pheasants 55-0 Friday, September 1, in their home opener at AB Campbell Stadium. The Dawgs evened their season record to 1-1 with the victory.
Milbank will be without senior quarterback Jonny Ash for the remainder of the season. He suffered a neck injury in the opening game of the season therefore junior Jacob Sandvig took over the reins to lead the Bulldogs.
“I’m happy with how the guys responded to Jake and others moving around into new positions,” stated Bulldog head coach Jeremy Tostenson. “It was nice to get out there and get a win and get a good feel for things. They competed hard and did some nice things.”
Milbank got out to a quick start with a 32-yard touchdown run by Jacob Karges. Sandvig scurried across the goal line on the two-point conversion to give the Dawgs a 8-0 lead.
The Bulldogs quickly converted their next offensive possession into a score with a nine-yard TD run by senior Cole Dockter. The conversion attempt failed, and Milbank widened the gap to 14-0.
The Dawgs added two more touchdowns to their point total in the first quarter. Karges pushed it over the goal line from one yard out following a spectacular one-handed interception by Milbank senior Nate Bohn. He grabbed the ball at midfield and darted for the end zone, but was eventually brought down at the one.
Dockter again found the end zone, this time catching a 35-yard bomb from Sandvig for the score late in the quarter. Dockter then pushed it ahead for the two-point conversion giving Milbank the 28-0 advantage after one quarter.
It appeared to be all Dockter in the second quarter. Midway through the period, senior Derrick Aho carried the ball to the 19-yard-line on a reverse. That play set up third touchdown of the night. Dockter broke free for the TD, but his extra point kick attempt failed – widening the gap to 34-0.
Dockter broke free again late in the period for his fourth score of the contest. This time is extra point kick was successful, giving Milbank the 41-0 lead at the midway mark.
Milbank received the ball to start the second half. The Bulldogs didn’t waste any time, as Karges broke free on the first play from scrimmage for a 64-yard TD. Dockter’s kick attempt was no good, but the Dawgs held the 47-0 lead.
Freshman Mason Riley took over the offense at quarterback for the remainder of the game. With the running clock, the third quarter quickly came to an end before additional points were scored.
With just under eight minutes left in the game, Milbank added two points on a safety pushing the score to 49-0. The locals received the ball back immediately, but the Pheasants quickly recovered a fumble in Milbank territory. The fun didn’t end there – sophomore Brodie Holtquist quickly intercepted a Redfield-Doland pass and returned it to the house on a 61-yard TD return to end the game at 55-0.
Sandvig went 3-for-6 passing for 66 yard and a TD. Dockter led the Bulldog offense with 125 yards rushing on 8 carries and three touchdowns, and 35 yards on one reception and a score. Karges followed with 111 yards on five totes and three scores. Aho had 27 yards on one carry while Mitch Quade caught two passes for 31 yards.
Dockter also led the team defensively with seven tackles. Karges and James Weber followed with four each while Holtquist, Quade, Bohn and Alec Bien added three tackles apiece. Rounding out the defensive leaders were Aho, Dillon Schneck, Jake Fox and Chandler Peery with two tackles each.
Milbank will host Lennox Friday, September 8, at AB Campbell Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Pictured running the ball is senior Cole Dockter. Jake Sandvig (#9) and junior lineman, Jordan Riley (#74)