After the first three possessions of the game resulted in touchdowns, the defenses played strong for most of the rest of the game between the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals and Colman-Egan Hawks on Friday, September 10th in Colman. That is until the Cardinals scored two touchdowns in the last five minutes of the game in a 36-8 victory.
The Cardinals scored on the first offensive possession of the game when Ty Brown scored on a five-yard run with 8:29 to play in the quarter for a 6-0 lead. Colman-Egan scored two plays later when Dawson Tolley scored on a 52-yard run with 7:42 in the first. Tolley also scored the two-point conversion for a short-lived 8-6 lead. The Cardinals made sure the lead was short lived when they scored again with 5:56 remaining in the quarter. Tate Bunkers scored on a five-yard run, and Nic Gaspar scored the two-point conversion for a 14-8 lead.
The next St Mary touchdown would not come until late in the second quarter. CJ Smith had a one-yard touchdown run with 2:57 to play in the first half. The two-point conversion was no good, and the Cardinals led 20-8 at halftime. The scored remained 20-8 through the entire third quarter and most of the fourth quarter. Lucas Flemmer had a six-yard run with 4:45 to play in the game. Smith completed a pass to Gabe Lindeman for the two-point conversion. The Cardinals scored again with :57 when Brown scored on a two-yard run. Smith completed the pass to Flemmer for the two-point conversion.
St Mary finished with 382 yards of total offense, 362 rushing yards and 20 passing yards. They had a total of 19 first downs and were 4-9 on third down attempts. The Hawks had 202 yards of total offense, 180 rushing yards and 22 passing yards.
The Cardinals nearly had three rushers with over 100 yards in the game. Brown finished with 16 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Flemmer had 11 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown. Gaspar finished just one yard shy of 100 with 99 yards on 16 carries. Bunkers had seven carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Smith was 1-3 passing for 20 yards. Noah Olund had the 20-yard catch. Lindeman led the defense with 13 total tackles and one sack. John Pica had nine tackles. Kyle Bares finished with eight tackles. Gaspar finished with four tackles. Smith and Brown each had an interception, and Gaspar and Flemmer had a fumble recovery.