The Dell Rapids Quarriers defeated the Dakota Valley Panthers 12-7 on Homecoming on Friday, September 27th. This Homecoming game had just about everything, including a defensive touchdown, two touchdowns called back because of penalties, and five total turnovers on downs.
Dakota Valley scored first with 3:06 to go in the first quarter on an interception by Trevor McCabe returned 48 yards for a touchdown. The Quarriers got on the board with 7:27 to go in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Cody Nielsen. The Panthers held a 7-6 lead at halftime. Dell Rapids scored on the first play of the third quarter on a 60-yard pass from Tanner Solberg to Riley Schmidt. That gave Dell Rapids the 12-7 lead. Dakota Valley threatened to take the lead late in the 4th quarter as they had the ball on the Dell Rapids 13-yard line with just minutes to play. But the Quarrier defense held strong and sacked Isaac Faldmo on a fourth down play to give the ball back to the Quarriers. Dell Rapids was able to take a knee and run out the clock for the win.
Dell Rapids had a total of 257 yards, 189 rushing and 68 passing. The Panthers had 198 total yards, 23 rushing and 175 passing. Brett Nichols had nine carries for 111 yards. Nielsen had 11 carries for 36 yards and the touchdown. Riley Schmidt had 10 carries for 31 yards. Tanner Solberg was 2-7 passing for 68 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Schmidt had both catches for 68 yards and the touchdown.
Zach White led the defense for the Quarriers with 9.5 tackles. He had 2.5 sacks along with five tackles for loss. Andrew Wiebenga and Matthew DeNoon each had five tackles apiece in the game. Nielsen finished with five total tackles, and Kahler Berver had four tackles.
Dell Rapids improves to 3-1 on the year. The Quarriers will travel to Lennox to take on the Orioles on Friday, October 4th.