Gaels break the GTRA hex
RUTHVEN — Each of the last two seasons failed to produce the kind of results the St. Edmond football team wanted when visiting GTRA.
That changed here Friday night in a big way as the Gaels posted a convincing 46-36 victory over the Titans to get back in the win column.
JT Laufersweiler accounted for 366 yards of total offense and six touchdowns, running for three in the first half while throwing for three in the second. Grant Galles had a career-high 14 catches for 156 yards and a touchdown while Sam Myer had 83 yards of offense and two TDs.
Dominic McClain had the other receiving score from Laufersweiler, as the senior completed 12 of 15 in the final 24 minutes.
“JT took over,” SEHS head coach Matt Dillon said. “Plain and simple, he went out there and led the team. In all my years of coaching, I’ve only had a few quarterbacks who I have felt that connected with and JT is one of them.
“We didn’t have the best first half and our coaches and players took it upon themselves to change that after the break.”
Down 30-20 after back-to-back long TD runs by GTRA’s Kasey Hough, Laufersweiler took control, directing three drives over an eight-minute span between the end of the third and start of the fourth.
Those drives saw Laufersweiler hit McClain on an 11-yard strike, connect with Myer from 34 yards away and find Galles on a 14-yard connection to give the Gaels a 40-30 lead.
Myer made it a 16-point advantage with a short plunge into the end zone midway through the fourth.
“Coach (Mark) McDermott made some halftime adjustments on defense and they paid off,” Dillon said. “Our kids were active and they got after it. I felt like our conditioning from playing in some really close games this year was a big difference.”
Outside of the two long runs by Hough, the Titans had just 146 yards of total offense in the second half. Hough finished with 224 yards passing and ran for 118 with two passing scores.
Jakob Koopman recovered two fumbles and Kinnick Henning had another for St. Edmond on defense. McClain, who continues to work his way back from an injury suffered in Week 1, caught four passes for 62 yards.
St. Edmond finally returns home next Friday, hosting Coon-Rapids Bayard for Homecoming at Dodger Stadium.
First Downs 7 18
Rushes-Yards 27-118 49-237
Passing 121 104
Comp-Att-Int 9-13-0 5-12-0
Total Offense 239 341
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Punts-Avg. 2-37.5 4-21.0
Penalties-Yards 7-45 8-75
Denison-S’wig 6 3 6 0 — 15
Fort Dodge 6 0 6 0 — 12
Denison-Schleswig — Brailyn Desy (51-yard run), 7:34 left first quarter. Kick blocked.
Fort Dodge — Ty Adams (62-yard pass from Royce Pederson), 5:30 left first. Run failed.
Denison-Schleswig — Sebastian Contreras (26-yard field goal), 0:09 left second.
Fort Dodge — Dreshaun Ross (43-yard run), 11:36 left third. Run failed.
Denison-Schleswig — Cole Kastner (6-yard run), 7:52 left third. Kick blocked.
Rushing — Fort Dodge: Dreshaun Ross 20-104, Noah Daniel 3-16, Jamarius Gibbs-Green 3-3, Jase Nekvinda 1-(minus-5). D-S: Blaine Brodsky 15-80, Cole Kastner 16-54, Brailyn Desy 3-54, Luke Wiebers 10-35, Team 1-9, Ty Fink 4-5.
Passing — Fort Dodge: Royce Pederson 2-2-0-65, Jase Nekvinda 7-11-0-56. D-S: Luke Wiebers 5-12-0-104.
Receiving — Fort Dodge: Ty Adams 3-75, Dreshaun Ross 1-31, Noah Daniel 2-7, Tytrell Mosley 2-6, Grant Williams 1-2. D-S: Jake Fink 4-80, Gage Head 1-22.