Ridgewater football weekly preview
SATURDAY, ROCHESTER (3-0, 6-0) AT RIDGEWATER (2-1, 5-1), 1:30 P.M., HODAPP FIELD (WILLMAR)
YELLOWJACKETS OVERVIEW: At home, on turf, the Jackets were unstoppable scoring 4 TDs in the first quarter and 3 in each quarter thereafter for an NJCAA record 91 points last week. Total yardage was 645 yards. Eight different backs had at least one carry. The Spartans top back Hayden Zenner made 8 yards in four carries but overall rushing was minus 47 yards. “They have a dynamic running game,” said Ridgewater coach Rob Baumgarn “Their lines, both offense and defense, ignite at the snap. Our defensive speed on the edges and in the secondary may match up but we have to tackle well.” The Yellowjackets are under first-year head coach Billy Quistdorff, an Osakis native. QB Tanner Manke (Jackson) was the co-offensive player of the week after completing 13 of 20 passes for 263 yards and 4 touchdowns last Saturday. The most dangerous runner in the Rochester stable is 5-foot-7, 175-pound Alex Schliesman (Sherburn), who is averaging 10 yards a carry and has 775 total yards.
WARRIORS OVERVIEW: Offensively, “We will have to sustain drives and put points on the board. We’ll need some turnovers and we can’t give them short fields because they are deadly when they have short yardage.” The Warriors need to win on of its next two games to get a home game in the playoffs. After Rochester, the team ends the regular season at Brainerd vs. Central Lakes. The Raiders trailed Minnesota West last Saturday 27-7 but ended up with a 50-39 victory as QB Andrew Johnson threw for 5 TDs. A couple of Ridgewater players highlighted this week are strong-side linebacker Mickell Maloyd, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound sophomore out of Glen Hill H.S. in Augusta, Georgia, and center Jaleen Carey, the vocal leader along the offensive line. Maloyd had six tackles in last Saturday’s victory. Carey is a 6-3, 305-pound sophomore that played for Summit Academy North in Detroit.