Tom Mix, Published October 17 2013
Runnin' Rebels pick up victory against Roseau
The Rebels’ big gains on the ground led to a 25-12 win over Roseau in Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 football on Thursday at the Fargodome.
D-G-F (6-2) tallied 346 yards rushing, including 243 yards from senior running back Chad Johnson. He carried the ball 28 times for the Rebels and scored two touchdowns.
“Chad is a great athlete, but a lot of the credit goes to the offensive line,” D-G-F head coach Anthony Soderberg said. “A lot of what they do allows us to get Chad in space. One-on-one is where he is dangerous.”
D-G-F finds out today if its win was enough to earn a first-round bye in the section playoffs, which begin Tuesday. If the Rebels earn a bye, they would host a playoff game on Saturday.
The game was scoreless after the first quarter, but Johnson started the second quarter with a 63-yard run that got the Rebels inside the Rams’ 5-yard line. Three plays later, Johnson scored on a one-yard run.
Roseau (2-6) responded when senior running back Jared Pahlen rattled off a 96-yard touchdown run.
Tied 6-6, D-G-F got the ball on its 47-yard line with 5 minutes, 35 seconds to play in the first half. The Rebels executed a nine-play drive that ended with senior quarterback Zack Nelson finding junior tight end Alex Fuchs for a 5-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal with 1:13 left in the first half.
“They got the momentum after that,” Roseau head coach George Ziegler said. “That hurt us.”
Roseau had its opening drive of the second half end with a fumble, which put the Rebels at their own 44-yard line. D-G-F converted the turnover into an eight-play scoring drive capped off by a three-yard touchdown from Brandon Wayne.
“A couple of our go-to plays we like to run were not working in the first half, but I thought we made some great adjustments after halftime,” Soderberg said. “Things opened up, which allowed us to move the ball more effectively.”
Roseau got within seven points of the Rebels with 2:27 left in the third quarter when quarterback Jacob Eaton scored on a 6-yard keeper to make it 19-12. Johnson put the game out of reach with a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“They did a lot of what we thought they would do,” Ziegler said. “We were prepared for them, but they just made more plays than we did.”
Pahlen finished with 168 yards for the Rams.
R 0 6 6 0–12
DGF 0 12 7 6–25
DGF–C. Johnson 1 run (kick failed)
R–Pahlen 96 run (run failed)
DGF–Fuchs 5 pass from Nelson (run failed)
DGF–Wayne 3 run (Olson kick)
R–Eaton 6 run (kick failed)
DGF–C. Johnson 10 run (kick failed)
RUSHING: R, Valenzuela 5-7, A. Halstensgard 14-51, Eaton 10-15, Pahlen 12-168. DGF, C. Johnson 28-243, Flatt 12-40, Wayne 11-56, Nelson 2-6, Jacobson 1-1.
PASSING: R, Eaton 1-2-0–4. DGF, Nelson 3-8-1–23.
RECEIVING: R, Valenzuela 1-4. DGF, C. Johnson 1-11, Fuchs 1-5, Safranski 1-7.
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