Friday, October 12, 2007

Vikes take down mcc

Vikes take down mcc
By Mark Lucker
Independent Sports Writer

Slayton — Utilizing a strong ground game and a stiff defense, Minneota dropped Murray County Central 24-8 in Little Sioux Conference football action Thursday night.

The Rebels drew first blood, scoring with 3:47 to go in the first quarter, on a 37-yard pass from Kyle DeLong to Paul Counter.

Counter slipped behind the Minneota defense and caught the ball in stride down the left sideline. Jeremy Storm added a run over right tackle for the two-point conversion and the Rebels seemed to have the momentum working to their advantage.

MCC (3-4, 3-4 Little Sioux) moved the ball effectively, driving to inside the Vikings’ 10-yard line on its first two drives.

The Rebels turned the ball over on downs once and scored on the other drive.

“We didn’t score, and that was big,” MCC coach Chris Davis said.

From then on, it was all Minneota (5-2, 5-2 Little Sioux).

The Vikings answered MCC early in the second quarter when Jacob Cheadle returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown. Cheadle fielded the punt, dropped it, then saw it roll away.

Before Rebel defenders could react, Cheadle retrieved the ball and scampered from the middle of the field, over to the left sideline, and untouched into the end zone for a score.

“I can’t tell you how many times in all my years around football I’ve seen plays like that,” said Minneota coach Criag Johnston. “A guy drops a punt or a kick and everyone seems to relax a bit. Then the guy finds the handle on the ball and he’s gone.”

“Our outside contain man didn’t stay outside,” Davis said. “The coverage was there. With a muff like that, their guys go for the ball and get out of their lanes. Dawson-Boyd returned a kick against us last week, but, other than that, (the kick coverage) has been good all year.”

Senior Craig Peterson — who came into the game with more than 1,000 yards rushing — added a hard-earned 147 yards in the game.

“He’s a great running back” said Johnston, “Especially with teams keying on him the way they do. He is really something to watch.”

Typical of Peterson’s influence — and Minneota’s approach — was a clock-eating, seven-minute, 17-play drive on the Vikings’ first posession of the third quarter. Following an MCC punt, the Vikings took over at their own 16 and marched methodically down the field. The drive culminated in a two-yard touchdown run by Peterson.

Of the 17 plays, Peterson carried 11 times for 49 of the Vikings 84 yards, gaining four of the five Minneota first downs. The drive not only gave the Vikings a 10-point lead, but it seemed to take a little something out of the Rebel defense.

“With defenses trying to take away what he does best, we’ve just got to keep giving him the ball,” Johnston said. “He doesn’t need much of a hole. We just have to keep running him, and good things will happen. They sure did tonight”

Johnston was also singing the praises of his quarterback, sophomore Sam Dernyck.

“Dernyck played well tonight, made good decisions,” Johnston said. “He had a couple of overthrows, missed a few guys who were open, but he was throwing to the right guy in the right situation.”

MCC found the going tough against a physical Minneota line. The Rebels and their single-wing offense were only able to muster 97 yards on 33 rushing attempts on the night. Minneota racked up a total of 184 yards on the ground, with just 45 rushing attempts.

“They played great defense on us, and we weren’t maintaining our blocks,” Davis said. “Their defensive tackles had a wonderful game. You have to give them credit.”

It’s a short week for both teams due to next weeks MEA break. Both MCC and Minneota play on Wednesday. The Rebels will host Fulda, while the Vikings have a matchup at home with undefeated conference leader TMB.


Minneota 0 12 6 6 — 24

MCC 8 0 0 0 — 8

First quarter

MCC — Paul Counter 37 pass from Kyle DeLong (Jeremy Storm run) 2:13

Second quarter

M — Jacob Cheadle 61 punt return (run failed) 4:59

M — Sam Derynck 5 run (pass failed) 1:32

Third quarter

M — Craig Peterson 2 run (kick failed) 1:32

Fourth quarter

M — Peterson 14 pass from Derynck (kick failed) 5:08

Team statistics


First downs 6 14

Total offense 154 233

Rushes-yards 33-97 45-175

Passing yards 57 58

Return yards 77 75

Passes 5-14-0 7-17-0

Punts-average 4-30.8 5-29.2

Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 3-18 0-0

Individual statistics

Rushing leaders: MCC-Blaine Jacobson 11-37, Storm 10-32, DeLong 7-22; M-Peterson 33-147, Tony Noyes 5-21, Derynck 4-8

Passing leaders: MCC-DeLong, 5-14-0, 57 yards; M-Derynck, 7-17-0, 58 yards

Receiving leaders: MCC-Counter 2-37, Mike Tentinger 2-13, Ben Clarke 1-7; M-Cheadle 3-22, Noyes 2-19, Peterson 1-14, Will Kurka 1-3

Tackle leaders: MCC-Jeremy Peterson 10, DeLong 10, Tyler Giese 6, Matt Blomgren 5, Kyle Lewis 5; M-Peterson 10, Allan Noyes 7, Kurka 6, Keith Downing 4

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