A week after opening the season with a loss, the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals bounced back with a big win over Alcester-Hudson in Alcester on Friday, August 27th. The Cardinals built a 24-0 lead in the first half and cruised to a 40-0 victory.
CJ Smith put the Cardinals on the board first with a two-yard run and then also scored the two-point conversion with 1:36 in the opening quarter. Just a couple of minutes later, Gabe Lindeman scored on a 10-yard run in the opening seconds of the second quarter. Smith scored the two-point conversion, and St Mary led 16-0 with 11:53 to play in the first half. St Mary also scored in the final seconds of the half. Smith hit Nic Gaspar with a 10-yard pass for a touchdown. Gaspar also scored the two-point conversion for a 24-0 halftime lead.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but the Cardinals scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Lindeman had another 10-yard run. Smith then completed a pass to Noah Olund for the two-point conversion with 11:15 to go in the game. The final score came with 5:16 to play in the game. Lucas Flemmer scored on a 46-yard run, and then Camden Gilbert scored the two-point conversion for the 40-0 lead.
St Mary had a total of 380 yards of offense, 277 rushing yards and 103 passing yards. The Cubs were held to just 90 yards of total offense, 84 rushing yards and only six passing yards.
Lindeman had 18 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Gaspar had five carries for 62 yards. Flemmer finished with three carries and 47 yards with a touchdown. Smith had nine carries for 25 yards and a touchdown. Ty Brown had three carries for 24 yards. Smith was 7-12 passing for 103 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Gaspar had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Flemmer had a catch for 17 yards, and Brown had a catch for 14 yards.
Lindeman also led the defense with eight tackles and a forced fumble. John Pica had five tackles and a forced fumble. Olund had four tackles. Kyle Bares had 3.5 tackles and a forced fumble, and Brown also had 3.5 tackles and a forced fumble.
St Mary will host Avon on Friday, September 3rd.
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