Rush City took the long bus ride to Two Harbors on Friday night where the Tigers celebrated a 26-14 win over the Agates on the gridiron.
Matt Mallinger crossed the goal line four times, with two interceptions, and Johnathan Mielke ran in a two-point conversion. Quarterback Brandon Koehnle completed three of eight passes for a total of 52 passing yards.
“It was nice to have the Tigers back on the winning track,” said coach Paul Kirby. “Although we had some costly penalties on offense that erased a couple of scores, we were able to rush for 344 yards as a team. Much of that came on the shoulders of senior running back Matt Mallinger. I am happy for Matt to finally have that dominating performance he’s been capable of for so long. Losing nearly two seasons to injury, he was due.”
Kirby continued, “Anytime you gain over 300 yards on the ground, that speaks well for the play of your offensive line. As a unit they worked hard throughout the game. Dan Johnson stepped back in at center and played well alongside Jacob Lynch who was a primary lead blocker on many of our long runs. Defensively we were able to limit Two Harbors to two scores and force them into passing situations that played right into our team pass rushing strength.
“Once again, having freshmen role players like Coltin Malchow and Isaiah Johnson contribute at the varsity level is a testament to their hard work and natural ability. We’re at that point in the season with quick turn around and increasingly meaningful games. That win is past us, and we change our focus to East Central and then look forward to a successful playoff run,” the coach added.
The Rush City football team is tied for sixth in the Great Polar Blue Alliance Conference and has a 2-4 record conference and 3-4 overall record. The Tigers will travel to Sandstone to face the East Central Eagles (2-5) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.