Prep Football Round-up: Augusta leads the way among Tri-County teams
Tri-County Prep Football Round-up: The Augusta High School Football Team is 3-0 for the first time in a long time and they are unbeaten, both over and in the Dairyland Conference, after a 40-14 win at Independence/Gilmanton last Friday, Sept. 3
The game was actually played in Arcadia due to poor field conditions at the Indees' home field due to recent heavy rains.
Quarterback Brennan King led the way for Augusta throwing for two touchdowns and running two in from scrimmage from one and 14 yards away. Aiden Anderson caught a 15-yard TD pass (He had two catches for 38 yards to lead the team) and Tyler Brixsen caught a 44-yard TD pass. Marcus Livingston scored on a critical big play, 80-yard run on Augusta's first possession after I/G scored its first TD of the game in the third quarter to cut the Beavers' lead to three scores at 28-6.
King threw for 120 yards and rushed for 36. Augusta had 431 yards rushing with carries distributed to 11 backs for an output on offense which totaled nearly 600 yards. The Beavers also forced two turnovers as well to keep I/G winless on the season so far.
To keep that unbeaten streak going, the Beavers will have to get through a tough portion of their Dairyland Conference schedule starting with Melrose-Mindoro (1-2 overall, 1-0 in the DC) on Friday at home at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off their first win of the season, a key 32-15 conference opener victory over Whitehall.
The Tri-County area's other three prep teams are still looking for their first wins. Fall Creek has come the closest and hopes to break through in its Homecoming game this Friday, Sept. 10 against Stanley-Boyd (2-1 overall and 0-1 in the Cloverbelt) at Schultz Field at 7 p.m.
The Crickets again played tough at Mondovi (2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Cloverbelt) last Friday, Sept. 3. They only trailed 28-13 at the end of the third quarter but unfortunately the Buffaloes scored three straight times, including a devastating 30-yard INT return for score by Jarod Falkner. He was especially hard on the Crickets has he threw for nearly 100 yards as quarterback and a touchdown and had a four-yard TD run and 87 yards total. His teammate Dawson Rud rushed for 310 of the Buffs' 410 yards on the ground and scored on TD runs of one, seven and four yards. FC emphatically outgained Mondovi through the air as quarterback Eli Laube went 25-for-49 for 265 yards and two touchdowns, including a 26-yard strike to Zach Youngquist and a 30-yard TD pass to Leo Hagberg. He had nine catches for 121 yards. But there were also three interceptions and the fact Fall Creek only gained -5 yards rushing.
Also in the Cloverbelt, unbeaten Eau Claire Regis stayed that way while keeping Osseo-Fairchild winless after a 42-0 win Thursday, Sept. 3 at Ward Field in Osseo. The Ramblers led 35-0 at halftime and had 239 yards rushing distributed among 18 different ball carriers with five different backs scoring TDs. O-F also gave up another kick-off return for a touchdown to open the second half. The Thunder had just 144 yards total offense. O-F hosts Mondovi, their third straight contest at home, this Friday at 7 p.m.
There's a fellow who stands next to a miniature cannon looking to fire it off every time Eleva-Strum scores a touchdown at home. Unfortunately he'll have to wait until Central's next home game for the Cardinals were blanked again at home, 27-0 by Blair-Taylor last week. The Cardinals played hard, holding the Wildcats (2-1 overall and 1-0 in the DC) scoreless in the third quarter after trailing 21-0 at halftime and getting good performances from Diego Gutierrez on defense and Alex Anderson catching two big pass plays on offense. But B-T's depth and size eventually overwhelmed the Cards, especially senior quarterback Cain Fremstad, who scored on runs of 13, 17 and crucial 50-yards scamper on a draw up the middle in the fourth quarter. He finished with 88 yards passing and 134 yards rushing and running back Jackson Schramek scored on a 17-yard run. The Cardinals were able to get deep into B-T territory twice but were unable to put up any points as they have been outscored 141-6 so far this season. But the Cards have a opportunity for a win against equally winless Cochrane-Fountain City this Friday at 7 p.m. at C-FC.