|Win over MACCRAY pushes win streak to 19|
By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor
"Jacob has been running hard all year and we finally got him a touchdown tonight," chuckled Minneota offensive coordinator Matt Myrvik.
Bottelberghe had a big night as the Vikings defeated MACCRAY 41-7 to run their season record to 5-0 and their undefeated streak to 19 and 0 over the past two years.
A big, hard-hitting MACCRAY team responded to Minneota's first drive 39-yard touchdown pass to Bottelberghe with a touchdown of their own.
They moved the ball 74 yards and scored on a six-yard run by quarterback Brady Boike. The extra point kick gave MACCRAY it's only lead of the game at 7-6.
Minneota came right back and scored on a four-yard touchdown run by Brandon Anderson. Beau Buysse, who was on target all night, threw a two-point conversion to Christian Skillings and it was 14-7, Minneota.
The Vikings scored again on a tackle-busting run by Anderson for 22 yards and led 20-7 with 3:37 to go in the first half.
By halftime they'd scored again on a 20-yard pass to Adam Josephson and a two-point conversion to Jacob Cheadle for a 28-7 halftime lead.
"We are getting what we need out of our wingbacks. If we can spread the ball around that's what we want," said Myrvik.
Defensively, Myrvik said senior Jacob Horner was really stepping up at center, "Making 90 percent of the blocks other kids don't make," and on defense, "He does what we ask him to do. He does an outstanding job."
On several occassions Horner stepped up to make tackles that thwarted MACCRAY drives.
"I think in four years I think I've only yelled at him one time," Myrvik said, adding, "He's one of those guys who is consistent for us."
In the third period Minneota scored again when Jacob Cheadle ran into the end zone from 16 yards out and the final score came on a 130yard touchdown pass to Bottelberghe for his second touchdown of the game and year.
Myrvik said, "We have a long ways to go with a lot of kids getting their first experience, but they're doing an outstanding job. They put a lot of pressure on themselves and they want to be the best team they can be."
As for Anderson, he was over 100 yards for the fifth straight time and Myrvik said, "He ran real hard tonight." Anderson carried 21 times for 170 yards.
The Vikings, who hadn't been scored on in the previous three games liked that MACCRAY gave them good competition and the Vikings had to make a variety of adjustments to shut down the Wolverine passing game led by Boike and receiver Corey Abbas.
"Come playoff time we need to play teams like this to get us ready and get us up to the next level," said Myrvik.
STATISTICS: Buysse threw 11 of 19 for 161 yards with three touchdowns.
Adam Josephson caught four passes for 59 yars and Bottelberghe three for 55 yards. In a relief role, Andrew Swedzinski ran the ball five times for 46 yards. Jacob Cheadle had 43 yards rushing and caught two passes for 26 yards. He came out of the game early with a leg injury he hoped would heal before Friday's game at Dawson-Boyd.
LITTLE SIOUX CONFERENCE SCORES:
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 65, Fulda 0
Adrian 34, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 14
Canby 35, Murray CountyCentral 13
Lakeview forfeit over Renville County West
Dawson-Boyd 47, Ortonville 7
CONFERENCE STANDINGS: Minneota 5-0; Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 4-1; Adrian 4-1; Lakeview 4-1; MACCRAY 3-2; Canby 3-2; Fulda 3-2; Ortonville 0-5; Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 0-5; Murray County Central 0-5; Renville County West 0-5.
GAMES NEXT WEEK:
Minneota at Dawson-Boyd
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at Lakeview
Ortonville at Canby
Adrian forfeit over Renville Co. West
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at Fulda
Murray County Central at MACCRAY