Redfield-Doland ends Tigers’ season
On a snow-covered field in Redfield, the Redfield-Doland Pheasants were like a snowball rolling downhill as they defeated the Tigers 50-0 in the opening round of the Class 11B playoffs on Tuesday.
“It was frustrating,” said coach Nathan Lamb. “It was a sad way for our seniors to go out. They (Redfield-Doland) weren’t 50 points better than us. We had 150 yards rushing and a touchdown called back. We dropped a touchdown pass and about six bubble screens. We had our chances.”
The Tigers got off on the right foot and seemed to stay there. They were close to Pheasants, trailing just 14-0 after one quarter, but everything that could go wrong did go wrong in the second quarter as the Pheasants racked up 36 points to end the game at halftime.
“Perfect storm,” said Lamb.
The Tigers fumbled on their second play. The Pheasants recovered.
The Pheasants fumbled on their first play. The ball was kicked forward and recovered by the Pheasants for a gain, eventually leading to the game’s first touchdown.
Austin Borah went 65 yards to the end zone on the Tigers’ second possession. The play was called back due to an illegal block.
The Pheasants blocked the Tiger punt and scored on a 10-yard drive.
It looked like things might start turning around when the Pheasants fumbled and the Tigers recovered, but the Tigers could do nothing with the ball and punted. The Pheasants fumbled again, and again the Tigers could do nothing.
The Pheasants took the ball back and drove 55 yards in eight plays to take a 20-0 lead with 7:27 left in the first half. The next seven and a half minutes were that “perfect storm” as Redfield-Doland scored 30 more points to put the Tiger season to an end.
Part of the disintegration of the Tiger game was the constant pounding delivered by Redfield-Doland’s offensive line that averaged more than 240 pounds per man and running backs Landon Rolphs and Jake Baloun at 220 and 200 pounds, respectively.
“They beat us up physically,” said Lamb. “That’s their style and that’s their game plan.”
Lamb said that while this has been a frustrating season, it has also been one in which his Tigers have had to play a schedule that featured the top three teams in the state along with five teams that are still playing into the second round of the playoffs.
“We do have a lot of young kids and they have seen the best the state has to offer,” said Lamb. “They’ve seen the banners raised in their gyms. They’ve seen what it takes to get to that level.”
Mobridge-Pollock (3-6) 0 0- 0
Redfield-Doland (7-2) 14 36- 50
RD- Landon Rolphs 3 run (Rohlfs run)
RD- Rolphs 5 run (conversion failed)
RD- Jake Baloun 6 run (conversion failed)
RD- Ephram Albrecht 21 pass from Alan Masat (conversion failed)
RD- Rohlfs 11 run (Baloun run)
RD- Baloun 6 run (Baloun run)
RD- Albrecht 18 pass from Masat (Rohlfs run)
Mobridge-Pollock: Rushing 5-2 (Mason Keller 2-6, Conner Stoick 1-(-1); Austin Borah 2-(-3); Passing (Keller 4-20-1-39); Receiving (Ethan Kettering 1-24, Noah Chase 1-18, Borah 2-(1-); 2 first downs; 4 turnovers. Defense: Chase Schoenhard 5 tackles, Borah 5 tackles, Stoick 4 tackles, fumble recovery, David Jensen 3 tackles, fumble recovery.
Redfield-Doland: Rushing 30-224 (Rolphs 22-166, Baloun 7-39, Kyle Stover 1-19); Passing 4-7-0-93 (Masat 3-6-70, Stover 1-1-23); Receiving (Albrecht 3-70, Tyler Masat 1-23); 15 first downs; 2 turnovers. Defense: Albrecht 3 tackles, sack, T. Masat 2 tackles, 2 blocked punts, Brady Miles interception, Cody Friese fumble recovery.