The Dell Rapids Quarrier football team ended the regular season with a big 43-6 road win at Tri-Valley on Thursday, October 21st. The Quarriers led the entire game over the Mustangs after scoring the first touchdown of the game.
Landon Ruesink had a one-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter, and Aiden Boechler made the extra point for an early 7-0 lead. The Mustangs only touchdown also game in the first quarter on a two-yard run by Owen Besmer. The extra point was no good keeping the score 7-6. That’s what as close as the Mustangs would get.
Austin Henry had a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but the two-point conversion attempt was no good. Ruesink found the endzone again later in the quarter on a six-yard reception from Henry. Boechler made the extra point, and the Quarriers led 20-6 at halftime.
Dell Rapids only got three points in the third quarter. Boechler made a 22-yard field goal to give the Quarriers a 23-6 lead. The score remained 23-6 heading into the fourth quarter, and that’s when Dell Rapids blew the game wide open. Ruesink scored his third touchdown on nine-yard run with the extra point made by Boechler. Jade Anstine had a big 56-yard touchdown run later in the fourth quarter, but the extra point was no good. The final score came on a seven-yard run by Sutton Williams and an extra point made by Miriam Pickard.
The Quarriers had 398 yards of offense while holding Tri-Valley to 185 yards. 300 of the total yards for Dell Rapids were on the ground. Dell Rapids was 6-10 on third down, while the Mustangs were 0-9.
Ruesink had 14 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Anstine had six carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. Landon VonHoltum finished with 11 carries for 40 yards. Williams had three runs for 31 yards and touchdown. Brayden Pankonen had eight carries for 27 yards, and A. Henry had three carries for 16 yards and a touchdown.
A. Henry finished 5-10 passing for 62 yards and a touchdown. Jack Henry was 1-1 passing for 38 yards. A. Henry had a catch for 38 yards. Ruesink had two catches for 29 yards and a touchdown, and Camden Justice had two catches for 29 yards.
Mason Stubbe had 15 tackles and fumble recovery for the Quarrier defense. Anstine finished with eight tackles. Ryler Evens, Aiden Geraets, and Ian Mason all had four tackles each. Will Jaton also had a fumble recovery, and Pankonen had an interception.
Dell Rapids finishes the regular season with a 6-3 record and will be the #4 seed in the 11A playoffs. The Quarriers will host #5 West Central on Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m.