Ramblers Corral Rebels 59-18
In a game that turned into a rout in the second half, and a mini Fog Bowl, the Cotter Ramblers (4-3) picked up their 4th win of the season, for the first time since 2012, defeating Southland (2-5) 59-18 at WSU’s Maxwell Field.
The game was a back-and-forth battle to start. Zach Schell gave Cotter an early lead, midway through the first quarter, with a 16-yard TD run. To cap it off, Schell booted the extra point for a 7-0 Rambler lead.
Just 36 game seconds later, Southland countered with a 50 yard touchdown scamper by Lee Wilson. However, Ethan Forthun’s extra point try hit the left upright flush, and bounced back to the field. The Ramblers held a 7-6 lead after the missed kick.
Cotter would add to that lead on the next drive, when Austin Griffin scored on a 1-yard TD run. Schell’s point after attempt was wide, and the Rambler lead was 13-6 to end the first quarter. The score was not the only highlight of the game, or the season for Griffin. On his first run of the game, Griffin went over the 1000 yard mark for the season.
Southland kept pace with Cotter, as they scored a touchdown when Lee Nelson found the endzone again, this time on a 4 yard TD run. This time, Forthun’s kick hit the right post, and Cotter again maintained a one point lead at 13-12.
Cotter earned the last two scores of the first half, as Griffin and Schell both scored their second touchdowns of the game. Griffin had a 78-yard TD run, while Schell hauled in a 57-yard TD pass from Jo Sandcork. Cotter went into the locker room with a 26-12 lead.
Although Cotter started the second half out slow, they once again found their rhythm through the air. Sandcork connected with Austin Kerrigan for the biggest offensive play of the Rambler season – a 92 yard touchdown. It would be Kerrigan’s only catch of the game.
Schell extended Cotter’s lead to 39-12 with a 32-yard scoring run later in the third quarter.
Southland stayed in the game with a strong drive at the end of the third quarter, and punched in a 5-yard TD from Parker Brigham in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, to cut Cotter’s lead to 39-18.
Cotter then pulled away when Griffin notched his third TD of the game on a 20-yard run. Jack Vaselaar scored on a 4-yard run on the next offensive drive, and Chris Edwards would put the exclamation point on the win, with a 14 yard score.
Griffin ended the night with 243 yards on 24 carries, and 3 TD’s. Schell had 89 yards on the ground, 89 in the air, and 3 scores. In all, Cotter gained 393 yards rushing. Sandcorck had a break-out game at QB, going 9-of-12 for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Cotter will play Fillmore Central next Wednesday in the regular season finale. Football Night on HBC will be at Paul Giel Field, as Winona (7-0) looks for a perfect regular season against Austin (4-3). Pre-Game will be at 6:45, with kickoff at 7pm on October 18.