Solid rushing attack helps Rolla secure win at Glendale and St. James comes up short against Houston
Solid rushing attack helps Rolla secure win at Glendale
It was a battle of two philosophies on display at Glendale Friday night.
Rolla was looking to rely upon the strength of its running game and the Falcons were looking to go through the air. This time, the rushing attack won out as the Bulldogs secured a 42-29 win over their Ozark Conference foes.
After securing a 14-8 after the end of the first quarter, Rolla maintained a 21-14 lead at the break and both sides exchanged a touchdown in the third quarter before the Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth.
Rolla junior Hayden Fane led the charge on the ground with 195 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, averaging 7.8 yards per rush behind a punishing offensive line. Senior Ray Malachi added another 116 rushing yards, junior Adam Hounsom put together 29 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns and sophomore Brock Lyle also found the end zone, making the most of his single 5-yard carry. The Bulldogs had just 25 total passing yards while accumulating 363 rushing yards before the night was through.
Glendale sophomore quarterback Wyatt Andrews had a decent night passing the pigskin after going 31-52 for 321 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He also led the team in rushing with 62 yards on the night. Ultimately, it just was not enough for the Falcons.
Junior Carter Herrel was the top receiver for Glendale with eight receptions for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns, junior Derek Horton caught 10 passes for 94 yards and a score and junior Chris Floyd Jr. added eight catches for 47 yards and a score.
Rolla (1-1) will host West Plains (2-0) Friday night at 7 p.m.
St. James comes up short against Houston
St. James hosted the Tigers of Houston Friday night and by the time the home Tigers found the end zone, it was just a little too late in an 18-6 defeat.
Houston scored all 18 of its points in the first half and commanded an 18-0 halftime lead before St. James broke the offensive drought with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Preston Schmidt went 15-21 for 131 yards, a touchdown and interception. Senior receiver Derek Skaggs was on the receiving end of that touchdown as he led his fellow receivers with five catches for 43 yards. Senior Levi Hutto added a 33-yard catch and senior Kadin Guese hauled in four passes for 21 yards. Schmidt was also the leading rusher with 14 yards on eight carries and the team finished with 12 rushing yards overall.
Houston was led by senior quarterback Ty Franklin who went 6-9 for 75 yards while adding another 82 yards and a score on the ground. Junior Bailey Hurst led all rushers with 18 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown, junior Zach Fuwell finished with 13 carries for 61 yards and senior Chris Bichon added 14 yards and a touchdown of his own. Junior Korbyn Tune was the top receiver for Houston with four catches for 58 yards.
St. James (0-2) will host Hermann Friday night at 7 p.m.