Gaels can’t find answer for GTRA
RUTHVEN — The St. Edmond football team ran into a buzzsaw at GTRA here Friday night.
Playing for a district title, the Titans came out firing, scoring five first quarter touchdowns on their way to a 64-13 victory.
GTRA (7-1 overall, 5-1 in eight-player, District 2) will take a lot of momentum into the playoffs, which begin next Friday, having scored 98 points in the last two games. Max Hough, a do-it-all junior, threw for 113 yards and a touchdown while adding 95 yards and two scores on the ground.
All of Hough’s production came in the first half, as the Titans led 44-0 at the break. He was 4-for-4 passing, hitting Cormick Currans on a 64-yard touchdown strike while also running in scores from 41 and five yards.
“We knew they were playing for a lot and that they would come out with plenty of fire and intensity,” SEHS head coach Matt Dillon said. “What I was disappointed in was our lack of matching that. We know there was no chance for us to make the playoffs, but we still could have came out and played hard, played fast and worked to improve.”
The Gaels (2-6, 1-5) were able to get on the scoreboard in the third when Caleb Schaeffer hit Johnny Dickerson on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Tyler Rossmanith found the end zone in the fourth with Alex Tiernan making an extra-point.
Schaeffer threw for 78 yards, Dickerson had two catches for 51 and Rossmanith ran for 88 yards to lead St. Edmond. Isaac Landwehr and Quinten McCarville each had a catch.
“We’ve played being the eight-ball so often this year in terms of fighting injuries that it’s made it very difficult to get any rhythm going,” Dillon said. “I will say this, these kids have given it everything over the course of their careers. Nothing has been easy for them, but I’m proud of the way they’ve continued to fight.”
GTRA’s Kasey Hough, a freshman, ran for 99 yards and two scores in the fourth quarter. Drew Schnell, a junior, added 107 yards and a TD on the ground as part of a big night rushing.
The Titans also forced three turnovers on defense.
“They are a very, very good team with a very talented played in Max Hough,” Dillon said. “He’s as good a football player as we have gone against this year.”
St. Edmond is tentatively scheduled to play at Siouxland Christian on Thursday. Teams with just eight regular season games scheduled were given the option to find a ninth game.
Siouxland Christian fell to 0-8 with a 62-8 loss to Kingsley-Pierson last night.
First Downs 17 15
Rushes-Yards 32-93 30-334
Passing 78 113
Comp-Att-Int 4-14-3 4-5-0
Total Offense 171 447
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 1-10 6-40
St. Edmond 0 0 7 6– 13
GTRA 36 8 6 14–64
GTRA — Max Hough (41-yard run), 11:12 left in first. Cormick Currans conversion.
GTRA — Currans (8-yard run), 6:45 left in first. Conversion failed.
GTRA — Currans (64-yard pass from Hough), 6:20 left in first. Hough conversion.
GTRA — Brody Simington (35-yard interception return), 4:52 left in first. Conversion failed.
GTRA — Hough (5-yard run), :03 left in first. Currans conversion.
GTRA — Currans (4-yard run), 2:54 left in second. Currans run.
GTRA — Drew Schnell (32-yard run), 8:59 left in third. Conversion failed.
St. Edmond — Johnny Dickerson (11-yard pass from Caleb Schaeffer), :42 left in third. Alex Tiernan kick.
St. Edmond — Tyler Rossmanith (31-yard run), 9:39 left in fourth. Kick failed.
GTRA — Kasey Hough (18-yard run), 5:28 left in fourth. Hough conversion.
GTRA — Hough (29-yard run), 1:38 left in fourth. Conversion failed.
Rushing — St. Edmond: Tyler Rossmanith 20-88, Caleb Schaeffer 4-5, Johnny Dickerson 1-5, Quinten McCarville 1-2, Klay Baker 1-(minus-3), Sam Myer 5-(minus-4). GTRA: Drew Schnell 3-107, Kasey Hough 14-99, Max Hough 8-95, Cormick Currans 3-17, Nolan Darr 2-16.
Passing — St. Edmond: Caleb Schaeffer 4-13-2-78, Tyler Rossmanith 0-1-1-0, Klay Baker 0-0-0-0. GTRA: Max Hough 4-4-0-113, Kasey Hough 0-1-0-0.
Receiving — St. Edmond: Johnny Dickerson 2-51, Isaac Landwehr 1-16, Quinten McCarville 1-11. GTRA: Cormick Currans 2-72, Nolan Darr 1-28, Blake Rosacker 1-13.