Football: St. Mary closes season after Waverly match
Coach looks to future following growth year
October 30. 2012 2:43PM
With the first round of playoffs behind them, the St. Mary Cardinals ended their season Oct. 23, closing out their fall run at 3-6, including the post-regular-season match-up with Waverly/South Shore last week.
The fourth-seeded St. Mary team took on the host team No. 1 seed Coyotes in the Tuesday game that left Dell Rapids in the lurch, 56-28.
The Cardinals had no shortage of highlights throughout the game, though, as the boys totaled 188 yards in rushing to Waverly’s 225 and topped the host team in passing yardage, 147 to 129.
The team was buoyed by leadership from Ben Bunkers, whose 69-yard kickoff return spelled touchdown for one St. Mary score, while the player also received for a 57-yard touchdown and assisted with passing, 147 yards in total, for a touchdown and two-point conversion on the night.
Noel Hansen led the rushing efforts for Dells, pushing through 22 carries and 94 yards, while scoring one touchdown. Josh Brown put forth 69 yards and a trip to the endzone during the night’s plays.
Jared Scholten helped out on the receiving end, totaling 39 yards for the night, as well as the defensive line, leading with 11.5 tackles.
Hansen brought down 8.5 tackles, as well as a sack, and Jacob Glazier totaled 6.5. Leon Maxwell brought in 5.5 more tackles for St. Mary, while Christian Schnieders equaled that total.
Coach Ross Flemmer hopes the boys can learn from this growth year going into the fall 2013 schedule.
“We were a young team this year that learned a lot of about what it takes to win at the varsity level,” he said. “We hope to build off of this year for next year, work hard in the off-season and come back and get after it next year.”
This year’s squad will say goodbye to one senior, Alec Hansen. “He did a great job working with the team this year, especially the linemen,” Flemmer said. “After his injury, he could have quit, but he came out every day and helped out.”
According to the Cardinal coach, the team will also miss Dalton Schneider, a new senior to the lineup this year, who was unable to play much this season due to injury.