As quick as a rattler can strike an unsuspecting foe, the Dell Rapids Quarriers struck quickly against the Milbank Bulldogs in the first round of the high school football playoffs Tuesday, October 23rd, in Dell Rapids. Riley Schmidt took the opening kick-off 75 yards for the first of four touchdowns the Quarriers would score in the first quarter. Milbank then was forced to punt the ball away on their opening offensive set. Moments later Lane LeBrun would score on a five yard rushing touchdown. On the next Milbank possession, the Quarrier defensive unit rose to the occasion forcing a fumble and recovering it in great field position. Ryan Nichols of Dell Rapids then became the 3rd Quarrier to score before the mid-way point of the first quarter. R. Nichols followed up his 36 yard TD with another touchdown of 25 yards, making the score 28-0 in favor the hometown Quarriers. Michael McGee added two TD’s in the 2nd quarter, including an 80 yard sprint to the end zone. By halftime the Quarriers were showing their dominance on both sides of the ball and led 42-14. Touchdowns in the second half by Schmidt and Tanner Ljunggren added to the final score of 57-22, allowing the Quarriers to advance to next Monday night’s game (October 29th).
Dell Rapids had 411 yards of total offense to 291 yards for Milbank. McGee had 110 yards on four carries. R. Nichols had 82 yards on seven carries, and L. LeBrun had 73 yards on seven carries. Matt Kolbeck was 2-4 passing for 44 yards. Zach White and Jacob Morris led the defense with 4.5 tackles each. Colin LeBrun and Schmidt added 3.5 tackles each on the night. Jackson Entringer had a fumble recovery, and Schmidt also had an interception in the game.
Dell Rapids will face Chamberlain in the second round, and the game will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.