The Dell Rapids Quarrier defense has been one of the biggest reasons for the success of the 2019 Quarrier football team. The defense is allowing just 5.4 points and just under 200 yards of offense per game.
The defensive dominance continued on Friday, October 11th. The #1 Quarriers shut out the Milbank Area Bulldogs 30-0 to remain undefeated on the season. Dell Rapids allowed just 166 yards of total offense in the game, and almost half of those yards came in the final minute before halftime and in the final minute of the game. The Quarriers held the Bulldogs to just 2-10 on third down conversions and wouldn’t let Milbank get into any offensive rhythm all night long.
With the weather being cold and windy, Dell Rapids was content to keep the ball on the ground offensively and chew up the clock. The Quarriers gained 216 of their 257 yards of offense running the football. Four players had 30 rushing yards or more in the game.
Coby Maeschen put Dell Rapids on the board first with 7:04 to go in the opening quarter with a six-yard run. The two-point conversion was no good, and Dell Rapids led 6-0. About a minute and a half later, the defense got a score. Logan Ellingson intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown. Maeschen scored the two-point conversion to give Dell Rapids a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Maeschen scored two more times for Dell Rapids. His second rushing touchdown came on a fourth and goal with just over 5:00 to play in the second quarter from a yard away. Mason Goeken made a great stretched-out grab of a Colin Rentz pass for the two-point conversion to give the Quarriers a 22-0 halftime lead. The final touchdown came with 7:34 to play in the third quarter. Maeschen scored on a 14-yard run, and Tyler Wood dove into the end zone for the two-point conversion for the 30-0 lead.
Colin Rentz finished the game 2-5 passing for 41 yards. Ellingson had both catches. Ellingson also had three carries for 69 yards. Maeschen finished with 10 carries for 57 yards and three touchdowns. Logan Stone had 13 carries for 40 yards, and Wood finished with seven carries for 35 yards.
Four players, Thane Hilmoe, Maeschen, Trevon Cross, and Drew VanRegenmorter, finished with six tackles for the Quarrier defense. Cody Schultz had five tackles. Connor Rentz and Brayden Gee both had four tackles each. Ellingson and Maeschen each had an interception as well.
Dell Rapids (7-0) will travel to Hartford to play the West Central Trojans on Friday, October 18th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.