|Josephson, Cheadle lead Minneota over Canby|
Jacob Horner (left) and Jordan Longtin (right) got ahold of Canby's Trever Citrowske for a big loss in the first half.
SPECIAL BULLETIN: Minneota has added a new game on the schedule. Because Renville County West played their final varsity game at homecoming against Fulda Friday night, leaving a hole in the Minneota schedule, a new game has been added. The Vikings will play at Lester Prairie-Winsted Holy Trinity at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15. It will be a non-conference game. The game will be played at Lester Prairie*
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher
"Josey played really well today," said Coach Chad Johnston.
"He's that kind of a kid and he's coming into his own on both sides of the ball — both offensively and defensively. He's a heck of a linebacker," said the coach.
Friday night, in a re-planted game at Mattke Field at SMSU in Marshall, the Minneota Vikings, led by Josephson and the speed of Jacob Cheadle, left Canby in the dust, 54-0. Minneota's wet field was unaccessible because of high water.
"When he figures out where to go, he goes in there with a purpose," the coach said about Josephson, who had 14 tackles — a couple so pulsating the cracks could be heard in the stands. He also caught three passes for 77 yards and on one play rounded right end and flew through the air before he landed with positive yards.
"A couple times they called straight blitzes and I got in there," said Josephson. He said the team's "Intensity was high," and, "this week we played with high intensity. We stepped up," he said.
Then there was Jacob Cheadle. He muffed the first punt, allowing it to be recovered by Canby deep in Minneota territory.
But he came back with a vengeance. He got five carries for 170 yards and all total scored four touchdowns. "I knew I had to do something," said Cheadle.
The coaching staff stuck with Cheadle and were paid back. "You only have so many kids to play and you've got to build their confidence," Coach Johnston said. "You can't completely shut him down. He knew he made a mistake, then he came out with some big plays and that's what you need to do. He bounced back quite well," the coach added.
On his long runs and pass receptions, Cheadle said, "I was depending on my speed," but added, "We have the best line in the entire state. They just make holes. There is no better place to run than Minneota," Cheadle said.
"I think our line is doing a nice job, even with having to replace somebody," said Coach Johnston. He lost tackle Andrew Thompson this week in practice and had a very short time to re-shuffle his players.
"We made those adjustments in basically one practice and the kids stepped up and did the job," he said. "Travis Longtin stepped in and Blake Abraham and we rotated him with Jason Vick at left guard and also rotated him (Abraham) at left tackle so we had a good solid backup," the coach said.
Quarterback Beau Buysse led the offense that exploded for 200 yards receiving and 357 yards on the ground. Buysse completed six of seven passes, including both a 76-yard touchdown pass and a 31-yard pass to Cheadle for scores plus a 64-yard scoring strike to Christian Skillings and a 38-yard touchdown to Josephson.
"Beau Buysse has thrown the ball extremely well. There was a lot of doubt, a lot of question marks coming into the season. He's done a nice job, he's got good receivers to throw to, he's given his receivers time and he's making the right reads," said Coach Johnston.
The Vikings led 14-0 after a quarter after two Cheadle touchdowns and solid point-after kicks by Saul Calderon.
But it was the second quarter that put the game out of reach. A relentless Viking squad scored 28 points with the two electrifying passes to Cheadle and Skillings and two more scores on a three-yard run by Brandon Anderson and another pass to Cheadle.
Josephson and Anderson added touchdowns in the final period. Anderson collected 104 yards for his fourth-straight game over 100 and Jacob Bottelberghe added 39 more yards to the Viking rushing attack. Bottelbeghe also had two receptions for 46 yards.
On defense, Walker Hennen added 12 tackles, Jacob Horner 10 and Cory Drietz 10. Josephson and Hennen had sacks for the Vikings.
"We talked this week about fixing some things that were broken last week (against Lakeview) and we fixed them," said Coach Johnston.
IN OTHER Little Sioux Conference games:
Adrian handed Tracy-Milroy-Balaton it's first loss of the season, 21-19. Both teams are 3-1 in the conference.
Lakeview 20, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 13
Dawson-Boyd 41, Murray County Central 7
MACCRAY 54, Ortonville 12
Fulda 39, Renville County West 6
CONFERENCE STANDINGS: Minneota 4-0; Tracy-Milroy Balaton, Lakeview, Dawson-Boyd, Adrian, MACCRAY and Fulda all 3-1, Canby 2-2, Ortonville, Murray County Central, Renville County West and Russell-Tyler Ruthton all 0-4.
*Lester Prairie-Winsted Holy Trinity plays a parochial school schedule in Winsted. They are 2-2 this year and had an opening on Oct. 14. Results include: LP-WHT 46, Red Lake 0; North Cedar (Standwood, IA) 41, LP-WHT 0; LPWHT 35, West Lutheran (Plymouth, MN) 0; Providence Academy Hertige Academy (Plymouth) 20, LP-WHT 0.