OLIVIA — It doesn’t matter if it's inside of a boxing ring, an octagon or outside of a combat sport, when it comes to sports, styles make fights.
During Friday’s night game between a pair of undefeated teams from different classifications, the fighting cliche was all too accurate. Despite entering its contest against Class 3A Minnewaska in a lower weight class so to speak, BOLD, hailing from 1A, packed a pretty heavy punch.
The Warriors scored on each of their first five possessions in the first half en route to a overpowering 57-14 victory over the Lakers from BOLD High School.
In the team’s highest-scoring contest of its 2019 campaign, BOLD racked up 494 total yards of offense against a Lakers defense that allowed an average of six points and 115 yards in its four previous games.
Meanwhile, the Warriors was dominant in the early going, not relinquishing a first down while forcing a turnover on downs and two three-and-outs through the Lakers first three possessions.
Running an offense that’s predicated on runs up the gut and outside carries from an option look, Minnewaska simply could not get going as the Warriors interior defenders controlled their gap assignments while linebackers and defensive backs were solid, collecting solo tackles outside of the numbers when the opportunity presented itself.
The Lakers, who averaged 34.5 points per game prior to this matchup, scored its only points of the first half on a 54-yard scamper up the middle from junior running back Tyson Meyer midway through the second quarter. However, Minnewaska could not utilize their running attack to control the tempo. By then, BOLD made it a shootout.
Concluding a 12-play, 85-yard drive, the hosts struck first when senior quarterback Jordan Sagedahl found senior running back Blake Plass for an 11-yard touchdown reception midway through the opening period. At the end of another long drive, Braeden Tersteeg extended BOLD’s cushion with a field goal early in the second quarter.
Opting for more of a short passing game through its first two possessions, the Warriors opened it up on the first play of its third possession when Sagedahl hit Plass on a go-route for a 63-yard score.
Sagedahl added his third passing touchdown of the night from 21 yards out when he dropped a spiral into the arms of senior tight end Anthony Maher in the back of the end zone. Later, senior wide receiver Gavin Vosika drew a pair of pass interference penalties before scoring with 21 second remaining of the first half on a four-yard run.
Vosika added two more scores in the second half, including a 91-yard kickoff return touchdown.
Darion Alexander ripped off a 63-yard run touchdown run in the third quarter for the Lakers, who finished with 201 rushing yards but only six first downs to BOLD’s 26.
Minnewaska will look to rebound next Friday at Morris/CA while BOLD will travel to Kimball Area.
BOLD 57, Minnewaska 14
Minnewaska (4-0) 0 7 7 0 — 14
BOLD (4-0) 7 22 13 15 — 57
B – Blake Plass 12 pass from Jordan Sagedahl (Braeden Tersteeg kick)
B – Tersteef 24 field goal
B – Plass 63 pass from Sagedahl (Tersteeg kick)
M – Tyson Meyer 54 run (Drew Nelson kick)
B – Anthony Meyer 21 pass from Sagedahl (pass failed)
B – Gavin Vosika 4 run (kick failed)
B – Tim Pepple 13 run (Tersteeg kick)
M – Darion Alexander 63 run (Nelson kick)
B – Vosika 91 kickoff return (kick failed)
B – Vosika 53 run (Tersteeg kick)
B – David Garcia 28 run (Garcia run)
First downs: 6… Penalties: 8-70 … Rushing (Individual and team): Mitchell Gruber 1-0, Grant Jensen 5-(-1), Darion Alexander 11-88, Keygan Cruz 3-9, Tyson Meyer 11-107, Josh Mogard 2-(-2). 32-201 … Passing (Individual and team): Jensen 1-3-3-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Aaron Versteeg 1-3 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Tyler VanLuik 1
First downs: 26 … Penalties: 4-28 … Rushing (Individual and team): Vosika 10-125, J. Sagedahl 11-20, Garcia 2-33, Plass 6-30, Pepple 7-29, Joey McMath 2-8, Tersteeg 1-2. 39-307 … Passing (Individual and team): J. Sagedahl 13-20-203-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Plass 6-117, Maher 2-50, Matthew Moorse 3-25, Drew Sagedahl 1-10, Vosika 1-5, … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A