MITCHELL — The Sturgis Brown High School football team fell to No. 4 Mitchell Kernels, 42-23 Saturday, at the Joe Quenella Stadium, in Mitchell.
“They basically just beat us off of the football on both sides, it was no mystery what each team was going to run, we both ran what we have run all year. It just comes down to inside and getting off the football and maintaining blocks and Mitchell fought a lot harder tonight and that was the difference,” said Chris Koletzky, Sturgis Brown’s head football coach. “For us it was unfornate that we did not respond in a positive way and come back and fight, there was some things, we have to respond and start better than we have all year, and execute when we get off the bus.”
Both teams started slow with their first series starting with a fumble, and then a three and out.
Mitchell scored twice in the first quarter, on a one yard run from Nick Robinson and a 12 yard pass play to Caden Hinker taking the score, 14-0, in favor of of the Kernels, after the first 12 minutes of play.
The second quarter started with Mitchell faking a punt on a fourth down and gaining six yards and picking up the first down to keep the drive alive.
Late in the second quarter, Sturgis Brown’s Trevor Erlenbusch broke away on a 32 yard run, and was stopped just short of the goal line.
On the next play, the Scoopers fumbled the ball, but the defense stepped up and got a safety safety with a minute left before half time, making the score 14-2 in favor of Mitchell
The Kernels scored three touchdowns in the third, Jake Helleloid, blocked a punt and ran for a touchdown, quarterback Austin Kerr and Nick Robinson also scored extending the Mitchell lead to 35-2.
The Scoopers rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring three times.
Josh Fowler had a 65 year run that set up the touchdown run from Wren Jacobs with 9:40 left in the game.
Fowler and Braden Temple both had 26 yard runs that set up a pass from Zach Shoun to Daylen Rhodes for a 11 yard touchdown.
The Scoopers successfully recovered an onside kick, followed by a 45 yard run from Wren Jacobs for another touchdown, but Mitchell held on for the win 35-23.
Koletzky said the Kernels players and coaches should be commended, as they came out with the distraction of the game being played on Saturday, and were ready to go.
“We saw some positives in the second half, but that cant always be the case and all of a sudden we get momentum in the second half, we just have to come out stronger in the first,” Koletzky said.
Following the game, Tayler Reichelt, a Mitchell Kernel football player in 2016, was reunited with Coach Koletzky, who was instrumental in Reichelt’s touchdown run during a game in 2016.
The Scoopers (2-5) are back in action Friday night when they host the Belle Fourche Broncs (4-3) at Woodle Field, in Sturgis.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Scoring First Quarter:
4:27 Nick Robertson (M) Touchdown on a one yard run
:45 Twelve yard pass from Austin Kerr to Kaden Hinker
Scoring Second quarter
1:33 Sturgis got a safety on a punt attempt that failed.
Scoring Third Quarter
7:51 Jake Helleloid (M) returns blocked punt for TD
6:36 Austin Kerr (M) on a one yard run
:12 Nick Robinson (M) scores a TD
Scoring Fourth Quarter
9:40 Wren Jacobs (ST) on a 11 yard run scored for Sturgis
3:10 Daylen Rhodes (ST) on a 12 yard run
3:00 Wren Jacobs (ST) scores on a 45 yard run
1:03 Nick Robinson (M)has an 18 yard run to a TD
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