The Dell Rapids Quarrier football team played in their final regular season game in Tea on Thursday, October 22nd . The Quarriers and Titans put on a show for the fans who braved the cold and wind. The two teams went to double overtime with the Titans getting the 26-20 win.
The Quarriers scored first after taking advantage of a fumble and punt. Landon Von Holtum scored on a one-yard run with 1:44 to go in the quarter. The extra point was good by Aiden Boechler to give Dell Rapids a 7-0 lead. Neither team scored the remainder of the first half, and the Quarriers maintained a 7-0 lead at halftime.
The Titans scored on their first possession of the first half to tie the game. Austin Lake threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kade Schentzel with 8:28 to play in the third quarter. Tea then scored on their second possession to take the lead. Garret Kolbeck scored on a 14-yard run with 11:52 to play in the fourth quarter for a 14-7 lead.
Dell Rapids responded with a six-play scoring drive that lasted 3:35. Austin Henry connected with Landon Ruesink on a 30-yard pass with 8:17 to play in the game to tie the game 14-14.
Tea’s next drive lasted just over seven minutes on 11 plays, but the drive ended in an interception inside the 10-yard line with 1:09 to play in the game. The Quarriers’ drive ended in a punt after four plays following the interception. The Titans also had one more possession in regulation, but did not score.
Each time had an opportunity on offense in the overtime period. Dell Rapids scored on their first possession. Henry scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak. The extra point was no good, and the Quarriers led 20-14. Tea also scored on their overtime possession when Lake also scored on a quarterback sneak. Tea’s extra point to win the game was also missed, leaving the game tied at 20-20. The Titans got the ball first in the second overtime, and Kaden Johnson scored on a one-yard touchdown run. The extra point was missed again, and the Titans led 26-20. Dell Rapids’ second overtime possession ended on a turnover on downs, giving the Titans a the 26-20 victory.
Dell Rapids finished the game with 198 yards of total offense, 133 rushing yards and 65 passing yards. The Titans had 290 yards of offense, 211 rushing yards and 79 passing yards.
Ruesink finished with 16 carries for 44 yards. Ruesink also had three catches for 65 yard and a touchdown. Von Holtum had 10 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. Brayden Gee had eight carries for 36 yards, and Henry had five carries for 17 yards and a touchdown. Henry was also 3-14 passing with one touchdown and one interception. Gee, Ruesink, and Coby Maeschen all finished with eight tackles each. Cody Schultz finished with six tackles, and Victor Knuppe had five tackles. Colin Rentz and Ruesink had fumble recoveries.
Dell Rapids finishes the regular season with a 5-3 record. The Quarriers will be the #6 seed in the 11A playoffs and will travel to Hartford to play the #3 West Central Trojans on Thursday, October 29th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.