Cavaliers’ no-huddle befuddles Tigers
When the Aberdeen Roncalli Cavaliers took the first offensive snap of the game they went 11 yards and then they didn’t huddle. They lined up and ran the next play and then the next and kept at it until scoring on the ninth play of the drive. The same thing happened on the next Roncalli drive and the Tigers would never see a close game again. Aberdeen Roncalli beat the Tigers 36-0 at Swisher Field in Aberdeen on Friday.
“It was certainly an eye-opener,” said coach Nathan Lamb. “When we got off the bus, I thought we were ready.”
On the extremely effective no-huddle offense run by Roncalli, Lamb said it’s awfully tough when a team hasn’t seen that before.
“You can’t prepare for that,” said Lamb.
The first Roncalli drive went 66 yards in nine plays, capped by a Zach Lundquist to Matt Swallow 21-yard touchdown pass that came on the heels of some Cavalier trickery. Roncalli ran a double reverse pass.
After the Tigers went three-and-out, Roncalli marched 71 yards in 11 plays with the final play being a second Lundquist to Swallow pass. This one covered 15 yards.
The Tigers got some offense going on their second drive. They drove down to the Roncalli 17, but the drive was thwarted when Roncalli’s Kyle Martin picked off an Alex Greger pass.
That was about all she wrote for the Tigers and their chance on this Friday evening. While the defense held at times, the offense struggled to put more than three plays together in any given drive. The Tigers picked up three first downs on the unsuccessful drive and added just two more the rest of the game.
The Cavalier defense simply had its way with the Tigers. The used the defensive domination to put two safeties on the board. The first safety came on an aborted punt attempt by the Tigers in the second quarter. The second came on a quarterback sack in the third quarter.
Roncalli added a touchdown in each quarter. Lucas Lorenz caught Lundquist’s third touchdown pass in the second quarter. Lundquist scored on a one-yard plunge in the third quarter and Swallow scored his third touchdown on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter.
By game’s end, the Cavaliers had rolled up 354 yards offense and 27 first downs, while holding the Tigers to 64 yards offense and five first downs.
“They physically beat us and they mentally beat us,” said Lamb.
Lamb said the Tigers now must put this game behind them and move on.
“This is not a failure,” said Lamb. “Now we have to respond. It’s not a failure unless you don’t respond.”
The Tigers will try to right the ship on Friday when they host the Redfield-Doland Pheasants at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
The Pheasants are 0-1 after dropping a 40-27 game to Milbank in their opener at home on Friday.
“We’re going to have to stop the run this weekend,” said Lamb. “Even when they were behind they kept pounding the ball.”
Redfield-Doland beat the Tigers 20-0 in Redfield last season. The Tigers won the two before that including a 31-20 win during the 2010 playoff run. The Tigers hold an impressive 26-12-2 all-time record against the Pheasants in a series that began with a 26-21 Mobridge win in 1952.
Mobridge-Pollock (1-1) 0 0 0 0- 0
Aberdeen Roncalli (2-0) 12 9 9 6- 36
AR- Matt Swallow 21 pass from Zach Lundquist (kick blocked)
AR- Swallow 15 pass from Lundquist (conversion failed)
AR- Safety, Dalton Cox tackle in end zone
AR- Lucas Lorenz 5 pass from Lundquist (Colton Cox kick)
AR- Lundquist 1 run (C. Cox kick)
AR- Safety, Lorenz, Zach Andera combined sack in end zone
AR- Swallow 3 run (kick failed)
Mobridge-Pollock: Rushing 25-29 (Austin Borah 15-36, Gary Wollman 2-9); Passing (Alex Greger 3-14-2-35); Receiving (Cody Schaefbauer 2-31, Pearson Wientjes 1-4); 5 first downs; 3 turnovers. Defense: Taten Rau 9 tackles, Daniel Roberts 7 tackles, Stephen Gemar 6 tackles, Schaefbauer 6 tackles, Cody Hanson 6 tackles.
Aberdeen Roncalli: Rushing 37-253 (Lorenz 17-102, D. Cox 15-94, Swallow 10-69); Passing (Lundquist 5-15-1-101); Receiving (Swallow 3-52, Brayden McNeary 3-22, Layne Holzer 2-22); 27 first downs; 2 turnovers. Defense: D. Cox 6 tackles, Tyson Mitzel 6 tackles, Lorenz 4 tackles, Zach Sumner 4 tackles, Zach Andera 4 tackles.