Video: No. 1 Yellowjackets' swarm stings Warriors; playoffs next
WILLMAR - The Warriors put up a fight but the invading swarm from the southeast proved too much to overcome. Ridgewater tested the No. 5-ranked Rochester Community and Technical College Yellowjackets for a half before succumbing 51-13 at sun-dous...
WILLMAR – The Warriors put up a fight but the invading swarm from the southeast proved too much to overcome.
Ridgewater tested the No. 5-ranked Rochester Community and Technical College Yellowjackets for a half before succumbing 51-13 at sun-doused Hodapp Field on Saturday.
“They played hard and pushed us, which is something we needed,” RCTC offensive coordinator Rob Neumann told the Post Bulletin.
Rochester, No 1 in the MCAC, goes into the 8-team playoff-format 8-0 and the No. 1 seed. The Warriors (4-4) will play Dakota College (5-3) at Bottineau, N.D. on Saturday, a team they beat 14-7 on Oct. 10.
RCTC sophomore Nick Rooney, the league’s version of Tom Brady, threw for five touchdowns after throwing for eight a week earlier. Rooney, who played at Minnetonka, now has 40 for the season against five interceptions.
Rooney sparked TD drives of 65 yards and 81 yards in the game’s first six minutes for a 13-0 lead. But the Warriors retaliated in the next minute when Dane Massey threw a strike over the middle to Jusias Kalis who stepped through two Rochester defenders at midfield and sprinted to the end zone to complete a 67-yard scoring play.
The Warriors’ defense stiffened making several stops, including forcing a field goal after Rochester had first-and-goal at the home team’s one-yard line.
Ridgewater twice penetrated the Rochester red zone late in the second quarter but each time the Yellowjackets’ secondary picked off Massey and the half ended 23-7.
Jalen Esters caught three touchdown passes and Zeek Carr paced the Jackets’ defense with three picks.