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Ridgewater notches first win

WILLMAR -- Jackson Illies threw three touchdown passes and Ridgewater returned a blocked punt 90 yards for a touchdown as the Warriors routed Vermilion 32-6 in junior college football action on Saturday.

The Warriors (1-2) picked up their first win after a pair of low-scoring losses to start the season.

"Finally, after two tough losses we got one," said Ridgewater coach Rob Baumgarn. "I was happy to see us run the ball a lot better and we connected on some big passing plays."

Illies teamed up with Keante Johnson on a 30-yard scoring strike in the opening quarter, then connected with Johnson again for an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter that gave the Warriors a 19-0 halftime lead.

Illies capped the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown strike to Elijah Lee in the final quarter.

The Warriors scored on a freakish play in the second quarter when Vermilion blocked a punt deep in Ridgewater territory. The ball rolled toward the sideline where Ridgewater's Josh Boyda picked it up and scampered untouched 90 yards for a score.

Reserve quarterback Colton Otto tossed a 16-yard touchdown to Marcus Thames in the third quarter for the Warriors' other score.

Davonaty Stevens rush-ed for 97 of the Warriors' 253 yards on the ground. Justin Howell added 55 yards in five carries.

Illies completed 7 of 17 throws for 93 yards with no interceptions. Ott was 3-for-7 for 42 yards with an interception.

Johnson and Lee each finished with three receptions.

"The offensive line played well with sold run blocking and pass protection," said Baumgarn. "And the running backs did a nice job of hitting the hole. And the defense did a good job again."

Ridgewater 32, Vermilion 6

Vermilion (0-3).............0 0 6 0 -- 6

Ridgewater (1-2)..........6 13 7 6 --32

Rgw - Keante Johnson 30 pass from Jackson Illies (kick fail)

Rgw - Josh Boyda 90 blocked punt return (Elijah Swen kick)

Rgw - Johnson 11 pass from Illies (kick fail)

Rgw - Marcus Thames 16 pass from Colton Otto (Swen kick)

Ver - Anthony Sealey 4 run (run fail)

Rgw - Elijah Lee 20 pass from Illies (kick fail)


Team statistics

First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 25-64 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 17-40-123-3 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 14-125

Individual statistics

Rushing: Anthony Sealey 16-53, Joe Frazier 3-14, Daveyon Coleman 1-6, Loren Woolever 1-0, Logan McAllister 4-(-9) ... Passing: McAllister 17-40-123-3 ... Receiving: Tim Winter 5-40, Frazier 5-45, John Stone 1-(-2), Marcus Mathiesen 3-27, Sealey 2-15, Jon Clark 1-(-2) ... Punting: not available ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: none


Team statistics

First downs: 16 ... Rushing: 39-253 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 10-24-135-1 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 10-105

Individual statistics

Rushing: Isiah Athey 3-4, Davonaty Stevens 17-97, Zak Neubarth 3-7, Jackson Illies 3-(-15), Cameron Halvorson 2-5, Colton Otto 4-10, Marcello Galloway 1-0, Justin Howell 5-55, Josh Boyda 1-90 ... Passing: Illies 7-17-93-0, Otto 3-7-42-1 ... Receiving: Jake Bothun 2-22, Keante Johnson 3-57, Marcus Thames 1-16, Elijah Lee 3-40 ... Punting: Daryl Thomas 3-31.7, Andy Rauen 4-33.8 ... Interceptions: Swen 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Swen ... Tackles (solo-assist): not available ... QB sacks: not available