Football Roundup: Rolla and St. James

The Rolla Daily News

Rolla outlasts Hillcrest

Rolla would not be denied Friday night on the road at Hillcrest.

Despite trailing 20-7 at halftime, the Bulldogs found an answer in the second half and a large part of that answer came from the legs of junior quarterback Adam Hounsom as he rushed for a team-leading 121 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-30 win over the Hornets.

Rolla rushed for 216 yards overall as a team and junior Hayden Fane did some damage as well with 76 rushing yards on 15 carries while senior Ray Malachi marched forward with 16 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own. Overall, the Bulldogs averaged 6.5 yards per carry as a team. 

Through the air, Hounsom went 7-12 for 121 yards and an interception. Senior Ike Hunter was the top target of the night with five catches for 61 yards and both junior Gage Klossner and sophomore Justin Waneka added a catch for 33 yards each. 

On the defensive end, junior Ty Locklear led the way with 12 tackles as senior Gus Gremp and junior Waylon Kinder finished in double digits as well with 10 tackles each. Kinder also had a fumble recovery for the Bulldogs. 

With the win, Rolla improves to 2-2 on the season and will look to keep the momentum going when Poplar Bluff comes to town Friday night at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs originally had a game scheduled with Ozark Conference foe Parkview, but that game has been cancelled. 

St. James shut down by Owensville

It was a tough night on the road for St. James.

The Tigers made the trek to Owensville Friday night and the Dutchmen did not let their opponents find the end zone or a field goal in a 48-0 shutout.  

St. James was held to 126 total yards of offense.

Senior quarterback Preston Schmidt finished 11-25 for 91 yards and three interceptions. Junior Logan Sparks caught two of those passes for 34 yards and junior Peyton Maylee hauled in four catches for 30 yards. On the ground, senior Levi Hutto was the top rusher with five carries for 33 yards and sophomore Cody Wilfong finished the night with 15 rushing yards on four carries. Overall, the Tigers averaged 1.7 yards per rush. 

St. James (0-4) will look to get on the right track with a game at Cuba on Friday at 7 p.m.