By Victoria Dahlin
The Rush City football team let loose against Braham 27-12 on Thursday, which marked the boys’ first game of the 2012 season.
“The Tigers rushed for nearly 350 yards behind outstanding play from the offensive line,” said Coach Paul Kirby. “Returning all starters on the O-line from 2012 has helped. Anchored by offensive tackles, senior Mitch Mallinger and junior Ryan Lind. Rushing touchdowns were scored. Two each by running backs Johnathan Mielke and Matt Mallinger. Defensively, sophomore Jacob Lynch and freshman Isaiah Johnson were after the Braham quarterback all night, sacking him at least four times.
“This was a great win to open the 2012 season for the Rush City Tigers. There was great crowd support, and the players responded by putting together an all around, well-played game. I think we proved some things to ourselves on the field. If each player takes care of his responsibilities to the team, then we have a chance at turning some heads this year. Of course there is room for improvements, but the mistakes were to be expected for a first game.
“The thing that I was impressed with is how our players responded to those mistakes, limiting them and learning from them. As exciting as it is to get a big win against our rivals, Braham, we have had some time to enjoy it, but need now to focus on our next challenge. We’re excited to show Coach Greg Hills how far we’ve come.”
Next, the Rush City football team will travel to Crosby to face the Crosby-Ironton Rangers at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.