Everything Kaden Krause and Marshall Voeltz touched during Milbank’s Homecoming football game turned to gold (and maroon). The Bulldogs defeated Clark-Willow Lake 34-13. Krause had his hand in three touchdowns — a one-yard run, a one-yard pass to Carter Bowser to score, and an interception return of 52 yards for another score. Voeltz notched two touchdowns on runs of one and 14 yards.
Schwenn added four points by completing four of his five extra-point kicks.
Voeltz got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first with a one-yard run for a touchdown. The Cyclones then sandwiched in six points before Krause sent an 11-yard pass to Carter Bowsher, who brought it home again for the Bulldogs. The extra-point kick by Bulldog Bennett Schwenn was good, and Milbank led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Voeltz sneaked into the endzone from the one-yard line to put up another touchdown and Schwenn kicked for one to give the Bulldogs some breathing room. The score sat at 20-6 during the Homecoming festivities at halftime.
Krause copied Voeltz in the third. He took the football across the one-yard line to add six more to Milbank’s total. The score stayed at 26-6 just long enough for Schwenn to clinch the deal with another good kick. The Bulldogs’ lead increased to 27-6.
In the fourth quarter, the Cyclones’ quarterback, Trey Huber, got serious and took to the air for a 45-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Larson. Although, Clark-Willow Lake inched closer at 27-13, Krause put an end to that plan. He nabbed an interception and returned it 52 yards to score one more time. Schwenn sent up another good kick. The Bulldogs ruled on Homecoming with a final score of 34-13.
The offense was fueled by a strong defensive line. Karson Weber made six tackles; sophomore Jayden Johnson had four; Maddox Hanson had three; and Connor Bender, junior Eli Johnson, Jace Rufer, junior Brayden Christensen, Krause, Voeltz, and Schwenn all had two tackles. Junior Sawyer Gauer added one.
Ryker Trevett had six kickoffs for 245 yards — his longest at 51.
The Bulldogs compiled 259 total yards — 130 passing and 129 rushing. The Cyclones had 220 yards — 141 passing and 79 rushing. Milbank was charged with three penalties for a loss of 21 yards and Clark- Willow Lake had one for five yards.
The Bulldogs take to the field again at Dakota Valley High School on Friday, October 1. Game starts at 7 p.m.