Homecoming win for Tiger football

RC defeats Hinckley-Finlayson in near shut out

Junior Eric Erdman drives through Jaguar territory after intercepting a pass from Hinckley-Finlayson last Friday night. (Koehnle): Senior Brandon Koehnle rushes toward the goal line in the third quarter.  Photos by Kat Ladwig

Senior Brandon Koehnle rushes toward the goal line in the third quarter.
Photos by Kat Ladwig

The Tigers pulled out a big win on homecoming night over conference foe Hinckley-Finlayson on Friday night, beating the Jaguars 28-6 in a near shut out.

Rush City put its running game on display by rushing for 319 yards as a team, a statistic head coach Paul Kirby said his squad has been capable of all year.

“This win was just reassurance that we are a good football team,” Kirby said. “We’ve battled with quality teams this year and getting a homecoming win again is just reassurance that we are a good team offensively, and defensively we are getting better as the season goes on—there is always room for improvement.”

Senior Danny Myers led the Tigers with 103 yards and a two-point conversion, along with senior quarterback Brandon Koehnle, who added to his homecoming king honors with 79 yards and one rushing touchdown. Koehnle also connected with junior Cole Anderson for a 15-yard touchdown, as well as throwing for a two-point conversion.

Homecoming queen Sammi Oscarson cheers on her Rush City Tigers to a 28-6 victory.

Homecoming queen Sammi Oscarson cheers on her Rush City Tigers to a 28-6 victory.

senior Dan Johnson rushed his first varsity touchdown, while sophomore Coltin Malchow also earned six points for Rush City. Senior Nick Schmidt added two extra points through the uprights.

“A ton of credit goes to our offensive line,” Kirby said. “They did a great job for us throughout the game.”

The defensive line, led by junior Blaine Blacek and sophomore Isaiah Johnson, had a productive night as well with four sacks and five tackles for loss. Junior Eric Erdman added an interception in Jaguar territory in the third quarter to drive in the nail.

To accompany a homecoming week, Kirby said he was honored to present the game ball to longtime athletic director and soon-to-be retiree Robert Schlagel, as well as have the chain gang duo of Mike Robinson and Danny Moulten applauded at half time for their 40-plus years of service on the sidelines.

Head coach Paul Kirby directs his offense from the sidelines in the second half against the Jaguars.

Head coach Paul Kirby directs his offense from the sidelines in the second half against the Jaguars.

“It felt great to present the game ball to Robert Schlagel, and although I wasn’t there to see it myself, I’m glad to hear our chain gang got recognition after so many years,” Kirby said. “It’s kind of like a changing of the guard for us with some of the elders moving into retirement.”

As for the Tigers, the win puts Rush City at 2-4 overall and 1-0 in Section 7AA standings, good for second behind Moose Lake-Willow River, which is undefeated this season at 6-0.

Next, Rush City hits the road to face Crosby at 7 p.m. on Friday.

 

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