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College Football: Warriors win ‘Mud Bowl’ in Superior, Wis.

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SUPERIOR, Wis. — In ill weather, the Ridgewater College Warriors kept their powder just dry enough to gain a 15-12 victory over Fond du Lac on Saturday.

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High winds, rain and sleet put the brakes on both offenses.

Ridgewater scored on a 27-yard burst by Martell Baker and a 90-yard kickoff runback by Kevin Parks, plus a safety, all in the first half, for a 15-6 lead at the break.

The Cloquet community college had the only score of the second half on the sloppy field.

“This was a crazy game,” said Ridgewater coach Rob Baumgarn. “The conditions were by far the worst that I have ever been a part of. The game was about field position and ball security.”

Both teams deactivated their aerial games and stuck to a land attack.

“Our defense held its own and we converted on several key first downs in the fourth period to chew up the clock and keep the ball deep in Fond du Lac territory,” commented Baumgarn.

The Warriors were outgained 169 to 117 in total yards but benefited from three Thunder (1-5) turnovers.

Linebackers Luke Blanch and Mickey McGuire each had 3 tackles for losses and defensive end Chris Hanson a pair of sacks. Safety Adihia Bell had 7 tackles and forced a fumble.

Baker ran for 87 yards and Roosevelt Austin 22 yards.

The Warriors (5-1) host the Rochester Yellow Jackets on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Ridgewater 15, Fond du Lac 12

Ridgewater (5-1)              8  7  0  0 — 15

Fond du Lac (1-5)             0  6  6  0 — 12

R – Defensive safety

R – Martell Baker 25 run (kick failed)

F – Michael Fralick 1 run (kick fail)

R – Kevin Parks 90 kickoff return (Modesto Cruz kick)

F – Ryan Brown 27 run (kick fail)

Ridgewater College

First downs: 9 … Rushing: 37-117 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 1-8-8-0 … Penalties: 8-65

Rushing: Martell Baker 12-79, Darrice Orkman 2-6, Roosevelt Austin 11-22, Daniel Maras 3-7, DaMarko Thomas 3-3, Beau Stough 1-3, Wes Oswald 3-(-3), Trevor Nystrom 3-0 … Passing: Trevor Nystrom 0-4-0-0, Wes Oswald 1-4-8-0 ... Receiving: Johnnie Pope 1-8 … Punting: Kelvin Jones 8-26.0 … Interceptions: Jacobi Scruggs … Fumble recoveries: Adihia Bell, Chris Hanson  … Tackles (solo-assist): Hunter Smith 4-4, Kelly Ferguson 2-0, Mickell Maloyd 4-2, Luke Blanch 6-2, Bell 4-3, Mickey McGuire 6-2, Rodney Jones 4-1, Roy Johnson 1-6, Chris Hanson 5-2, Tranard Styles 3-2, Scruggs 1-0, Pat Smith 2-0, Josh Kelly 1-0, Stevenson Joachim 1-0, Jeremy Boykins 1-0, JaKurr Thomas 1-0, Calvin Tinnin 0-1 … QB sacks: Hanson 2, Styles 1 … Tackles for loss: Blanch 3, McGuire 3, Jones 2, Hanson 1, Styles 1

Fond du Lac CC

First downs: 5 … Rushing: 124 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 1-8-45-1 … Fumbles lost: 2 … Penalties: 12-85

Rushing: Ryan Brown 28-112, Mike Fralick 12-(-2), John Washington 2-1, Victor Griffin 1-13 … Passing: Fralick 1-8-45-1... Receiving: Fred Martin 1-45

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