Slow start costs Quarriers
October 15. 2013 12:13PM
West Central ended a five-game losing streak to Dell Rapids with a 35-7 trouncing of the Quarriers Friday night in Hartford.
The third-ranked Trojans charged out of the gates, scoring on their first three possessions while shutting out second-ranked Dell Rapids in the first half.
Dell Rapids had no real success in the first half, with only one first down, while West Central held the Quarriers' rushing game to just 10 yards on 13 carries.
“We knew after two losses we knew they were going to be fired up and ready to go,” Dell Rapids coach Steve Hansen said. “They took control right away and we fighting uphill all night.”
The Quarriers (4-2) did battle early in the fourth quarter, with an 11 play drive coming up short on 4th and goal from the Trojans 12, as running back Riley Schmidt — who played quarterback for much of the night in a formation that blended the Wildcat and Pistol schemes — scrambled for the end zone, only to be stopped at the 1.
In the previous three seasons, West Central had lost to rival Dell Rapids five times, including two playoff losses at the hands of the Quarriers.
Miller tacked on two scores in the fourth quarter for the Trojans, finishing with 61 yards on 17 carries.
Tirrel had 132 yards rushing on 19 carries to lead West Central, who had 300 total yards, all but 22 of those via the ground game.
“For the most part, our execution was so much better in all three phases,” Mueller said. “We played with an edge this week in practice.”
Schmidt had the lone score for the Quarriers.