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Andrew Gottenborg, Published August 28 2010

High school football: Grovers fall to Carrington

Carrington’s football team did its part in helping to break in the new turf at newly renovated Jake Christiansen Stadium on Friday evening.

The Cardinals marched up and down the field, racking up 286 rushing yards en route to a 38-0 win over Fargo Oak Grove in the season opener for both teams.

It was the first football game played at Concordia’s home field since its recent renovation.

“They just beat us up in all facets of the game,” said Oak Grove head coach Tony Stauss, who was making his debut as the Grovers’ head coach.

Jordan Mittleider was the main catalyst in the Carrington ground attack, rumbling for 200 yards on 12 carries while reaching the end zone three times.

“He’s a shifty little guy and a powerful guy,” Stauss said of Mittleider.

Mittleider’s most impressive run of the evening came on a 75-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

After taking the handoff from quarterback Brandon Gussiaas, Mittleider broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage and then showcased his speed, scampering down the right sideline to give the Cardinals (1-0) a 26-point advantage.

Not to be outdone, Carrington’s defense was also dominant, holding the Grovers (0-1) to 71 yards of offense while forcing two turnovers.

Austin Wolf also added a blocked punt in the fourth quarter.

“We wanted our defense to set the tone, said Carrington head coach Marty Hochhalter. “We said the whole time that we wanted to be a physical type of team.”

The Cardinals’ defense asserted itself early, shutting down Oak Grove to set up a pair of short touchdown drives for a 14-0 lead.

Already trailing 20-0, Oak Grove’s most promising drive was put to a halt when Brad Lende broke through the line and sacked quarterback Michael Rustvang for a

10-yard loss.

Jon Mitzel led the Grovers with 26 rushing yards on four carries with Tony DeLeon chipping in with 21 yards.

Even though he said his team’s performance left a lot to be desired, Stauss realizes it’s all part of the learning process for a young team which lost nearly all of its starters from last year’s team.

“We’ve got to go back to the fundamentals, blocking, tackling and just reevaluate,” Stauss said.

“We’re learning a brand new offense, a brand new defense … We’re going to take our lumps.”

Carrington 14 12 12 0–38

Oak Grove 0 0 0 0–0

C–Mittleider 13 run (kick failed)

C–J. Skytland 8 run (Mittleider run)

C–Mittleider 5 run (kick failed)

C–Mittleider 75 run (run failed)

C–Engelhorn 12 pass from Gussiaas (kick failed)

C–Schuldheisz 1 run (run failed)


RUSHING: C, Mittleider 12-200, Gussiaas 3-15, Skytland 6-33, Hendrickson 2-9, Murphy 2-9, Anderson 1-4, Schuldheisz 2-8, Heinley 1-8. OG, Rustvang 10-10, DeLeon 10-21, Mitzel 4-26.

PASSING: C, Gussiaas 1-3-0 12. OG, Rustvang 5-6-1 14.

RECEIVING: C, Engelhorn 1-12. OG, Reiswig 4-9, DeLeon 1-5.

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Andrew Gottenborg at (701) 241-5549