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Freshmen Rebel Football by Coach Mike Bengen

September 17, 2010
Northern-Sun Print
The Freshmen played another ball game on Thursday September 9 against our neighbors to the north, Dike New Hartford. Our schedule to start this year is tough with us playing games on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. It comes at us fast and furious this year. A lot of these guys are being asked to play a lot on JV nights and that is tough so early in the year. They have responded well and are taking it all in stride. We knew the Wolverines were going to be a good team and we needed to get out of the chute early and play some good football for us to have a chance of pulling this off. It was destined to be a great match up because there is also a bit of a friendly rivalry between these two schools also. DNH came out and stuck it to us early. They looked very crisp and sharp and were playing virtually flawless football. The Rebels however were playing tentative and shy and acting like we really didn’t want to be there. After one quarter we found ourselves in a 14-0 hole and feeling fortunate that it was not worst than that. Not much happened for us by halftime other than we made enough plays to trail only 20-0. The delivery of the halftime speech from Coach Lewis, Coach Schulte, and Coach Babinat was precise and to the point. It was our own version of an E.F. Hutton commercial. When they spoke, the players listened and took it to heart. The second half was a total turnaround. We kicked off and stopped the Wolverines with Chase Clark recovering a fumble at mid field. We then proceeded down the field until Dustin Dinsdale broke loose on a trap and darted into the endzone from 18 yards out. Hunter Raney added the PAT run and we had crept to within two scores. We stopped DNH on their next drive and duplicated our last drive. Hunter hit Shawn Dugan on an 18 yard scoring strike and all of the sudden we are only down 20-14 going into the fourth quarter. DNH then regrouped and put together a nice drive to go back up two scores. We countered and drove to the 2 yard line but just couldn’t get into the endzone and DNH held on for a hard fought 26-14 victory. This drops us to 0-2 on the year. More importantly we grew up a little and saw what effect a persons’ effort has on the outcome. This was a tale of two halves and we need to grow on the second one. We were very energetic, enthusiastic, and intense. This translates into a good football teams’ effort. Great job guys and let’s work to make this four quarters each time out. Chase led the way with 12 carries for 138 yards, 3 receptions for 54 yards, 11 tackles, and 3 fumble recoveries. Dustin chipped in 24 yards rushing and 5 tackles. Hunter was 7 of 17 for 90 yards and a TD along with 3 stops on the defensive side of the ball. Shawn Dugan caught 4 balls for 36 yards and had 3 tackles. Blake Kibe played the best game of his young career and finished with 7 tackles. Pete Meyers followed with 5 stops, Trent Geiken 3, Krayton Evenson, Dirk Thesing, and Joey Linder 2, Seth Demoret, Tyler Wrage, Ryan Thran, and Wyatt Swanson each had 1 apiece. Wyatt also came up with an interception for us on defense. Adam Johannson also so action against the Wolverines and threw a couple of very good blocks for our kick return guys. I can’t compliment these guys enough on the second half performance. It was pretty impressive.



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