The Dakota Valley Panthers found some homecoming magic as they handed the Dell Rapids Quarriers their first loss of the season. The Panthers defeated the Quarriers on a cool and rainy night 16-14 on Friday, October 2nd.
Defense and ball control were big factors in the contest. Dakota Valley had the ball for most of the first half. They put together a long drive in the first quarter which resulted in a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter for a 7-0 lead. The Panthers would score late in the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal to push the lead to 10-7. Dell Rapids got a great return on the ensuing kick-off which led to a one-yard touchdown run by Austin Henry with just over a minute to play in the first half to cut the lead to 10-7.
Dell Rapids received the ball to begin the third quarter and scored quickly to take their first lead of the game. Coby Maeschen scored on a one-yard touchdown run to put the Quarriers in front 14-10. That score held until the final 2:30 in the game. Dakota Valley executed a half-back pass to take the lead 16-14 after a blocked extra point. Dell Rapids was able to put together a drive late in the game and had the ball on the Panther 15-yard line with :30 to go in the game. Dakota Valley, however, intercepted a pass at the goal-line to seal the victory.
Dell Rapids finished with 206 yards of total offense, 199 yards rushing and seven passing yards. Dakota Valley had 218 yards of offense, 182 rushing yards and 36 passing yards. The Quarriers were just 1-7 on third down conversions in the game and 0-1 on fourth down.
Henry finished 1-7 passing for seven yards. Brayden Gee had the only catch in the game. Maeschen led the team with six carries for 69 yards and a touchdown. Gee added seven carries for 54 yards. Landon Ruesink had eight carries for 40 yards. Maeschen had another big night defensively. He finished with 15 tackles in the game. Gee had eight tackles and sack. Cody Schultz and Landon VonHoltum both had four tackles each. Connor Rentz had an interception.
Dell Rapids (5-1) is scheduled to travel to Milbank on Friday, October 9th.