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Ridgewater wears down Fergus Falls

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local Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

FERGUS FALLS -- Conference rushing leader Alex McLaughlin ran for three touchdowns among his 31 carries and the Ridgewater Warriors plowed their way through MSCTC-Fergus Falls 34-22 on Saturday in MCAC football.

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The win sets up a meeting of 4-1 teams at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hodapp Field in Willmar. Minnesota West is also 4-1 after edging Northland College, 34-27.

McLaughlin's scoring runs covered 3, 4 and 53 yards as the sophomore from Apple Valley piled up 235 yards. He now has 1,090 for the season.

Quarterback Walter Rochet, on a two-yard run, and Ricky Warren, on a 55-yard punt return, accounted for the Warriors' other scores.

The Spartans countered through the air. Quarterback Eric Wentworth threw TD passes to Jarvis Greenhill that covered 53, 52 and 25 yards.

But Brett Dumke and Travis Colgrove had interceptions while linebacker Trent Molacek recovered a fumble and had two sacks among his 13 tackles (nine solo). Matt Wold, also a linebacker, had 14 stops.

The Spartans surely knew what to expect since McLaughlin gained 241 yards last year in a Warriors' loss at Fergus. Brendan Foot made 59 yards in eight carries, a 7.4 average.

Ground-hugging Ridgewater rushed 45 times while three quarterbacks -- Rochet, Justin Koenen and Jordan Shoulders -- combined to throw eight passes.

Koenen and wide receiver Trent Traxler hooked up for a 66-yard advance.

Ridgewater 34, MSCTC-Fergus Falls 22

Ridgewater College 0 20 14 0 -- 34

Fergus Falls 3 l7 6 6 -- 22

FF - Nicholas Sorum 37 field goal

Rid - Walter Rochet 2 run (Luke Euerle kick)

Rid - Alex McLauglin 4 run (Euerle kick)

FF - Jarvis Greenhill 53 pass from Eric Wentworth (Porfirio Diaz kick)

Rid - McLaughlin 3 run (kick failed)

Rid - McLaughlin 58 run (Euerle kick)

FF - Greenhill 52 pass from Wentworth (kick failed)

Rid - Rick Warren 55 punt return (Euerle kick)

FF - Greenhill 25 pass from Wentworth (kick failed)

Ridgewater

Team statistics

First downs: 14 ... Rushing: 46-326 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 2-8-63-0 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 7-60

Individual statistics

Rushing: Alex McLaughlin 31-235, Nik Neubarth 2-9, Justin Koenen 1-5, Brendan Fort 8-59, Walter Rochet 4-15 ... Passing: Koenen 2-3-63-0, Rochet 0-4-0-0, Jordan Shoulders 0-1-0-0 ... Receiving: Trent Traxler 1-66, Fort 1-(-3) ... Punting: Brett Dumke 6-39.8 ... Interceptions: Dumke, Travis Colgrove ... Fumble recoveries: Trent Molacek ... Tackles (solo-assist): Brandon Terry 4-2, Dumke 2-1, Colgrove 1-1, Leon Sargent 1-4, Micah Oates-Jenkins 4-1, Sonny Zahn 1-0, Justin Melhado 5-0, Mickell Brown 4-2, Joe Doubler 3-0, Trent Molacek 9-4, Tyler Blomme 2-1, Tyler Petermeier 1-1, Matt Wold 9-5, Phil Herekenhoff 4-1, Justin Knasser 0-1, Torean Tubman 1-0 ... QB sacks: Molacek 2, Wold 1, Sargent ½, Brown ½

MSCTC-Fergus Falls

Team statistics

First downs: 9 ... Rushing: 26-83 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 16-29-298-2 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 7-45

Individual statistics

Rushing: Nathan Kelly 17-52, Graves 3-7, Wentworth 3-19, Nich Sorum 2-4 ... Passing: Trent Graves 6-9-48-0, Eric Wentworth 10-20-250-2 ... Receiving: Jarvis Greenhill 13-270, Chris Peterson 1-17, Michael Stansburg 1-8 ... Punting: Ricky Parker 5-41.5

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