The Dell Rapids Quarriers won their Homecoming game in an offensive battle with the third-ranked Tea Area Titans on Friday, September 28th in Dell Rapids. The Quarriers defeated the Ttians 49-34.
Tea Area started the game strong forcing Dell Rapids to a punt in their opening possession, and then the Titans scored on their first possession on a 16-yard run by Riley Knutson. Dell Rapids answered back with a 2-yard touchdown run by Matt Kolbeck. The Titans would again take the lead at 14-6 after a 1-yard touchdown run by Gunnar Ensz. The Quarriers would again answer, this time on 6-yard touchdown run by Lane LeBrun. Dell Rapids would convert the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14. Dell Rapids would take the lead at 21-14 in the 2nd quarter after a 41-yard touchdown run by Cole Langer. Tea Area would tie the game at 21-21 before halftime with a 6-yard touchdown run by Taylor Roemen.
The defense of the Quarries would take over early in the third quarter. Dell Rapids recovered three fumbles by the Titans and turned those recoveries into 14 points on a 21-yard touchdown run by Riley Schmidt, and a 25-yard touchdown run by Langer. Dell Rapids would add another touchdown in the third quarter on a 43-yard pass from Kolbeck to Bryce Koch to take a 42-21 lead. Tea Area would score first in the fourth quarter on a 65-yard pass from Roeman to Knutson to cut the lead to 42-27 after a missed extra point. Dell Rapids would add one last touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard pass from Kolbeck to Koch. The Titans would score one last time on a 45-yard pass from Chase Deckert to Knutson. Tea Area would not get any closer as the Quarriers ran out the clock for the 49-34 win.
Dell Rapids finished the game with 25 first downs, 451 yards of total offense, and possessed the ball for 29.01. Tea Area had 22 first downs, 465 yards of total offense, and possessed the ball for 18:59. The key stat of the game was the four turnovers by Tea Area. Dell Rapids did not turn the ball over in the game. Langer led the Quarriers ground attack with 22 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns. LeBrun had 17 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Schmidt carried the ball 12 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. Kolbeck was 6-8 passing for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Koch had three catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively for Dell Rapids, Langer finished the game with 9.5 tackles. Jacob Morris had 6.5 tackles and an interception. Ryan Nichols and Cody Nielson each had five tackles and each had a tackle for a loss. R. Nichols, Koch, and Brett Nichols each had a fumble recovery for Dell Rapids.
The Quarriers improve their record to 4-1 on the year. Dell Rapids will travel to Dakota Valley to take on the Panthers Friday, October 5th. The game will be webcast starting around 6:45 p.m.