College football: Yellowjackets bounce Warriors
ROCHESTER -- The Ridgewater football team's once promising season came to an abrupt and definitive end in a 52-7 loss to Rochester in the first round of the MCAC playoffs on Saturday.
The Warriors started the season 5-0 but ended it with a four-game losing streak during which they were outscored by an average of 26 points per game.
Saturday's playoff loss came three weeks after a 47-15 setback against Rochester.
Nonetheless, head coach Rob Baumgarn said the team hung together through tough times the last month.
"Tough day for the warriors, but I'm very proud of how the players stayed together and didn't quit on each other," Baumgarn said. "The last three games I felt there wasn't that drive when we fell behind but not today. The score doesn't matter to me. We fought hard the whole game."
The Warriors, already facing a difficult task, had their jobs made even tougher when starting quarterback Cody Jaeger went down with an injury on the third play of the game.
Wes Oswald replaced Jaeger but the Warriors couldn't generate much offense. Oswald threw for 126 yards but was picked off five times. Ridgewater managed just 49 yards on the ground and lost a fumble.
Rochester quarterback Kevin Monkam hit 14 of 26 throws for 211 yards and two touchdowns, and Yellowjackets running backs pounded out 157 yards and scored three TDs.
Ridgewater's Martell Baker picked up 53 yards on 13 carries and scored the Warriors' lone touchdown. Seven Rochester sacks accounted for 47 negative yards for the Warriors.
"It really hurt us that Cody got hurt," Baugarn said. "Wes Oswald came in and did a fine job. I think he learned a lot about what it takes to play QB at this level.
"The defense played hard the whole game but (Rochester) had too many weapons for us to cover," he said.
Baumgarn said Rochester Derrick Hintz compliment the Warriors's fight.
"It is very rewarding to have the other team's coach come up to me after the game and applaud our team effort," Baumgarn said. "There are a lot of things that the players can take away from the season. My biggest one is, no matter what, you must stick together, no matter how bad it gets."
Ridgewater (5-4) 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Rochester (8-1) 10 14 21 7 -- 52
Scoring plays not available
First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 34-49 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 13-32-149-5 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 5-55
Rushing: Martell Baker 13-53, Nathanial Swoyer 3-8, Wes Oswald 5-(-22), Bryant Amundson 6-14, Dean Caldwell 1-21, Sam Graham 3-(-25) ... Passing: Cody Jaeger 0-1-0-0, Oswald 10-26-126-5, Graham 3-5-23-0 ... Receiving: Kevin Parks 4-28, Clint Coffey 7-113, Justin Frank 1-9, Brandon Zuidema 1-9 ... Punting: NA ... Interceptions: Michael Gregory ... Fumble recoveries: Nonexx ... Tackles (solo-assist): NA ... QB sacks: Matt Stewart, T.J. Klemm
First downs: 20 ... Rushing: 35-157 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 22-43-289-1 ... Fumbles lost: None ... Penalties: 15-124
Rushing: Jake Kirsch 15-60, Sam Alakija 7-35, Zach Brown 4-31 ... Passing: Kevin Monkam 14-26-211-1 ... Receiving: Josh Zitzman 5-137, Randall Bailey 8-85 ... Punting: NA ... Interceptions: Arlandis Shipp 1, Caleb Leichtnam 2, Brian Walker 1, Christian Foster 1 ... Fumble recoveries: NA ... Tackles (solo-assist): NA ... QB sacks: 7