The Dell Rapids Quarriers won their first game on the brand new field turf on Friday, September 9th. Dell Rapids played their first home game of the season against the Hot Springs Bison. They built a big first half lead in a 41-21 victory.
Mason Stubbe scored the first touchdown with 8:40 to go in the opening quarter on a 12-yard run. Stubbe scored again just about three minutes later. With 5:44 left in the quarter, Stubbe scored on a 25-yard run. The two-point conversion was good, and Dell Rapids led 14-0. The Quarrier defense got a score seconds later. Evan Nelson intercepted a pass and made a big return. While being tackled he fumbled the ball, but Chase Jones was there to scoop up the ball and take it the last 10 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
Brayden Pankonen put the Quarriers ahead 28-0 on a one-yard run with 7:30 to play in the second quarter. Hot Springs got their first score on a 31-yard pass with 5:02 left in the half. Dell Rapids put an exclamation point on the the first half with two more scores. Cooper Frost had two touchdown throws. The first one was a 31-yard pass to Braden Fersdahl with 2:10 left on the clock. The second pass was a 27-yard touchdown to Stubbe with :11 left in the second quarter. The Quarriers led 41-7 at halftime.
Neither team got a score in the second half. The Bison were able to put two scores on the board in the fourth quarter. The first one was a 24-yard pass with 7:00 left in the game. The final score was a 27-yard run very late in the game.
Dell Rapids finished with 311 yards of total offense, 136 passing yards and 175 rushing yards. Hot Springs had 231 yards of offense, 174 passing yards and 57 rushing yards.
Frost had a great game completing seven of eight passes for 136 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Pankonen had three catches for 60 yards. Stubbe had two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown. Fersdahl had a catch for 31 yards and a touchdown, and Jones had a catch for 15 yards.
The Quarriers had a balanced running attack in the game. Stubbe led the way with 10 carries for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Jones had five carries for 37 yards. Pankonen finished with nine carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. Quinn Carr had five carries for 35 yards.
Will Jaton had 4.5 tackles in the game. Fersdahl, Carr, and Jones all had four tackles each. Tad Tjaden and Stubbe both had 3.5 tackles. Nelson and Aiden Geraets both added three tackles. Nelson also had an interception.
**Photos taken and used with permission by Tammy Chamley**