The Dell Rapids Quarrier football team ended their regular season with a win on Senior Night. The Quarriers defeated the Vermillion Tanagers 39-12 on Thursday, October 23rd, in Dell Rapids earning their seventh win in a row.
The Quarriers scored first with 7:08 to go in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jacob Faux. The extra point was no good, and Dell Rapids led 6-0. The Quarriers maintained that lead at the end of the first quarter.
Dell Rapids added another touchdown with 6:28 to go in the second quarter. This time Jase Nelson threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Sam White. The 2-point conversion was no good, and the Quarriers extended their lead to 12-0. Vermillion pulled within a touchdown after an 80-yard touchdown pass from Carter Kratz to Regan Bye with 4:47 left in the quarter. The Tanagers could not convert the extra point and cut the lead to 12-6. The Quarriers added one more touchdown with 2:57 to go on a 1-yard run by Tanner Ljunggren to take a 20-6 lead at halftime.
The Quarriers were able to extend the lead to 26-6 with 8:08 to go in the third quarter after a fumble recovery in the endzone by Ljunggren after a fumble by the Dell Rapids offense. Vermillion scored for the second time with 11:18 left in the game after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kratz to Brandon Mockler. This was as close as Vermillion would get, as Dell Rapids scored two more times in the fourth quarter. Ljunggren scored on a 51-yard touchdown run with 10:46 left in the game, and Tanner Heim scored on a 10-yard run with 3:38 to go.
Dell Rapids finished the game with 455 yards of total offense, 359 yards rushing and 96 yards passing. Nelson finished 6-13 passing for 96 yards, one touchdown, and had two interceptions. Ljunggren had nine carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Riley Schmidt had 12 carries for 93 yards. Schmidt also had two receptions for 37 yards. Nate McKee led the defense with seven tackles, two of them for loss. Seth Anderson added six tackles. Ben Gillogly had four tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery. Ljunggren had an interception as well, and Joel Brust had a fumble recovery.
Dell Rapids improves to 7-1 on the year. The Quarriers will host Sisseton in the first round of the 11A playoffs on Tuesday, October 28th.