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Webster Area defeats Dakota Hills 51-0

Bearcats host Garretson Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

by Emre K. Erku

The Dakota Hills Grizzlies went out swinging.

Although suffering a 51-0 loss to conclude their final game this season, Grizzly head coach Mike Schmidt had his offense go for it on nearly every fourth down they faced.

But the Bearcats’ defense was able to hold Grizzly starting quarterback Dylan Jurgens to just 21 yards and 44 yards rushing. Meanwhile, Schmidt saw some good rumblin’ stumblin’ running from his 230-pound sophomore Lucas Breske, whom recorded 32 yards rushing. Throughout the game it took three or four Bearcats just to bring him down.

However, not able to score, the Bearcats would score 21 points in the first quarter, 14 the second, eight the third and eight the fourth to close out the game.

On offense for the Bearcats, Riley Reetz rushed for 64 yards and three TDs, Austin Moen scored on a 78-yard kick off return, Coby Reetz scored on a 15-yard run and Devin Koslowski caught three catches from Kelby Hawkins for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, Bearcats Nick Ketchum and Logan Richie led the team with six tackles while sophomore Parker Roerig produced a good game with five tackles.


Within moments of their opening drive Tri-State punched Webster Area square in the mouth via 38-yard touchdown run by their senior running back Mason Busby. The Tigers claimed an early lead, and the Bearcats’ bench were left scratching their heads.

“Good player as far as athleticism,” said Christensen on Busby. “They found the holes and we just weren’t making plays, pure and simple. We weren’t breaking down into tackles; we were just dropping our heads.”

Although Busby, who ended the night with 95 yards and two TDs on 29 carries, would score once more in the second stanza on an offensive fumble created by the Cats’ defense, Riley Reetz would eventually showcase a high octane performance which propelled his team to a 56-12 win to conclude the Oct. 14 home game. This may have been Reetz’s best game of his career as he ended the night with 370 yards rushing and four scores on 23 carries.

“We could get the edge and we knew that,” said Christensen. “Obviously, what we saw with Riley, he had one heck of a game.”

With Reetz scoring the Cats’ first touchdown on a six-yard run in the first quarter while Webster junior receiver Devin Koslowski scored on a 44-yard TD pass from Hawkins to tie the game at 12 apiece going into halftime, the third quarter would prove to be Webster’s grand finale: Thirty six points in 12 minutes.

It all began with two recovered onside kicks.

“First one Chandler (Day) gets, all of sudden momentum pushes. It’s back to back,” said Christensen. “You could tell our chests were out and we were ready to roll. We had three scores in the first three minutes of the third quarter. I think there were eight and half minutes left and we put 20 points on the board. It was momentum swing.”

Exploiting their wildcat offense, Reetz would take the snap from the left hash mark and wind past the line of scrimmage on the strong side only to negotiate through the Tigers’ secondary unscathed for a 53-yard score. This would mark the first score of the third quarter. Following the onside kick recovery, the Bearcats bruised their way down field to set up Hawkins on a three-yard touchdown scamper. Although up 26-12, Christensen decided to call another onside kick, and again the Cats recovered, and again Reetz would eventually rush for six points. Before the quarter ended, Hawkins rushed for one more short score, and Reetz couldn’t help but end the quarter with another 50 yard plus sprint into the end zone. Once the fourth started, the Cats were up 48-12.

During the last 12 minutes, Christensen would throw sophomore running back Kade Gaikowski into the mix, and he would eventually exhibit a monstrous touchdown run from near their own 25-yard line. Taking the hand off, Gaikowski juked Tigers defender Ben Wiertzema out his cleats, raced around the weak side, literally broke a tackle by Micah Christensen at the Tigers’ 40-yard line and crossed the goal line for a 74-yard score.

Along with Gaikowski, who ended the night with 84 yards and one TD on five carries, other Bearcat sophomores – Tristen Bent and Parker Roerig – proved to Christensen that they’re ready for more responsibilities. Defensively, Bent gathered 11 tackles, two quarterback hurries and one tackle for a loss.

“Those are some kids that we needed to step up, and they did a dang good job doing it,” said Christensen. “They have the work ethic. Those three were in the weight room the majority of the summer and that’s why you see them getting more playing time.”

Additionally on defense, Day had 13 tackles and a fumble recovery while Koslowski recorded 12. Along with Hawkins’ 11 tackles, in the air he went seven of 17 for 152 yards and one TD. On the ground he had two TDs.

Besides the stats, Webster lost their top receiver senior Marcus Block to a season ending knee injury in the second quarter. Christensen noted that others need to step up to fill the void.

“Assuming I get Hunter (Gaikowski) back, I can bump Riley back out; Devin will have to take Marcus’ place,” said Christensen. “It’s fine. It’s just shifting some guys around. It’s going to be a change of pace a little bit, but this is why we train the way we do is for that second man in to be able to respond.”

The Cats would end the regular season against the Dakota Hills Grizzlies.

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