The Milbank Bulldogs shut out the Groton Area Tigers Friday night, September 29, to close out the 2017 MHS Homecoming festivities. Milbank is undefeated in the Northeast Conference and holds a 4-2 record.
“We made some adjustments at halftime and executed in the second half,” stated Bulldog head coach Jeremy Tostenson. “We were much more physical.”
The Dawgs got out to a quick start. A flea flicker to Jimmy Weber set up a six-yard touchdown run by Jake Karges on Milbank’s first offensive series. Carlos Padilla’s PAT was good, giving the Bulldogs the quick 7-0 advantage.
The remainder of the first quarter was a defensive effort by both teams. Weber intercepted a Tiger pass, and Milbank held Groton deep in their own territory, but neither team produced any points on the scoreboard. The battle continued in the second quarter. Cole Dockter came up with a interception, but both teams struggled to get their offense’s rolling. Milbank maintained the halftime lead at 7-0.
After adjustments made by the Bulldogs at halftime, Milbank took control of the game and dominated throughout the rest of the game. The Bulldog defense stopped Groton to start the third quarter and the offense quickly converted into six points on the board with another TD run by Karges from 12 yards out. The PAT was good, giving Milbank the 14-0 lead.
Dockter then came up with another interception. Milbank marched the ball down the field, before Dockter capitalized on a 18-yard TD run. A muffed snap resulted in a missed PAT, but the Dawgs widened the gap to 20-0 to end the third quarter.
The running duo of Dockter and Karges continued to find success in the final stanza. Quarterback Mitch Quade tossed in a few pass completions to Max McCulloch and Dockter before Dockter scurried into the end zone for the final score of the game with six minutes remaining in the contest. Padilla’s kick is good, and Milbank sealed the deal with a 27-0 win.
Milbank had a huge game offensively with 361 total yards of offense. The Dawgs finished the game with 179 yards passing and 182 yards rushing. Quade went 13-24 passing for 179 yards and one interception.
Karges led the ground game for the Bulldogs. He tallied 73 yards rushing on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Dockter followed with 67 yards rushing on 11 totes and two scores. Riley Gauer had 20 yards on one carry, and Jake Sandvig had one carry for 19 yards. Quade also ran the ball three times for three yards.
Weber led the Dawgs through the air with 76 yards on two catches. Dockter added 69 yards on six receptions, and McCulloch caught three balls for 36 yards.
Austin Schuelke led a tough Bulldog defense with seven tackles. Weber followed with six tackles, and Quade added five tackles and one quarterback sack. Other defensive leaders were Gauer, four tackles; Nate Bohn, Chandler Peery and Karges, three tackles; Dockter, Tanner Kettwig, Angel Chen and Nolan Hanson, two tackles, and Sandvig, McCulloch, Jake Fox, Brodie Holtquist and Alec Bien with one tackle each. McCulloch was also credited with a sack.
Pictured is #21 Jake Karges.