The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals football team won their home opener on Friday, September 13th, with a 60-32 win over the Castlewood Warriors. Both teams got off to a slow start offensively in the first quarter, but the scoring picked up in the second and third quarters.
Castlewood scored the first touchdown of the game at the 5:13 mark to take a 6-0 lead. The Cardinals answered back on a Josh Brown touchdown at the 2:39 mark to give St Mary an 8-6 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter went back and forth as Castlewood scored two touchdowns, and the Cardinals scored three touchdowns. St Mary held a 28-20 lead at halftime.
The Warriors scored within the first two minutes of the third quarter to cut the lead to 28-26, but that’s as close as they got. Dell Rapids St Mary scored the next three touchdowns to jump out to a 52-26 lead. Castlewood scored one more time in the final minutes of the third quarter to cut the lead to 52-32. The Cardinals put up the final touchdown of the game within the first two minutes of the fourth quarter on Brown’s sixth touchdown of the game.
Head coach Ross Flemmer said, “I was very proud of how our kids came out and played. Our offensive and defensive lines did a phonomenal job! The kids played with a lot of intensity and desire.”
Brown finished the night with 17 carries for 217 yards and six touchdowns. Ben Bunkers also had 17 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown. Christian Schnieders also had a rushing touchdown in the game. Defensively for the Cardinals, Jared Scholten lead the team with six tackles. Schnieders had 5.5 tackles. Brown, Bunkers, and Leon Maxwell all had five tackles apiece. Bunkers and Wes Heinricy each had an interception as well.Dell Rapids St Mary will travel to Rutland to take on Oldham-Ramona-Rutland on Friday, September 20th.