Ryan Meagher, right, of Minneota eludes a Yellow Medicine East tackle in the Vikings' 55-12 win last Friday night.

Meagher sparks Vikings' rout

Sophomore churns for 185 yards, 3 TDs in 55-12 win over YME

Meagher sparks Vikings' rout
Sophomore churns for 185 yards, 3 TDs in 55-12 win over YME

By Scott Thoma

Sophomore running back Ryan Meagher ran for 185 yards in only 10 carries and scored three touchdown as Minneota steamrolled Yellow Medicine East 55-12 in a Little Sioux Conference game Friday night at K.P, Kompelien Field.
The Vikings (2-0) scored in every quarter and amassed 25 first downs and 523 total yards in handing the Sting (1-1) their first loss.
Minneota scored on its opening possession, an eight-play, 52-yard drive that was capped by Meagher's three-yard TD run on a sweep around left end.
On YME's ensuing possession, Jack Lacek intercepted Jacob Peterson pass near the sideline and scampered 40 yards for a score to make it 14-0 after one quarter.
The Vikings made it 21-0 on their first possession of the second quarter when Zack Fier scored on a 25-yard run. Fier carried 13 times for 99 yards.
Three minutes later, after forcing the Sting to punt, Minneota scored again when Isaac Pohlen hit Fier in the corner of the end zone from eight yards out, making it 27-0.
Peyton Sheik, kicking in place of Peyton Gillund, converted seven of eight extra points, Gillund was nursing a sprained ankle, but was able to play on both offense and defense, as well as punting once.
With 39 seconds left in the half, YME got on the board when Peterson hit Brady Dahlager for a 25-yard TD pass into the right corner of the end zone to bring the Sting within 27-6 at halftime.
The Vikings scored three times in the third quarter on touchdown runs of 66 and 47 yards by Meagher, and a two-yard TD pass from Pohlen to Gillund, who caught six passes for 96 yards.
Pohlen had a strong game behind center, completing 10 of 18 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
After scored again when Peterson and Dahlager hooked up on a 91-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
The lone touchdown of the final quarter came when Zeke Monzon took a handoff coming across in motion and outraced the YME defenders into the left corner of the end zone.
Minneota rushed for 363 yards with eight players gaining positive yardage.
Defensively, the Vikings limited YME to only six first downs. Six players had a tackle for loss, including sacks by Hudson Scholten and Branden Johnson.
Lacek and Easton Johnston had interceptions.

Minneota 55, YME 12
YME.......................0 6 6 0 - 12
Minneota.............14 15 21 7 - 55

Scoring Plays
Min - Ryan Meagher 3 runs (Peyton Sheik kick)
Min - Jack Lacek 40 interception return (Sheik kick)
Min - Zack Fier 25 run (Sheik kick)
Min - Z.Fier 8 pass from Isaac Pohlen (kick failed)
YME - Brady Dahlager 25 pass from Jacob Peterson (pass failed)
Min - Meagher 66 run (Sheik kick)
Min - Peyton Gillund 2 pass from Pohlen (Sheik kick)
Min - Meagher 47 run (Sheik kick)
YME - Dahlager 91 pass from Peterson (pass failed)
Min - Zeke Monzon 3 run (Sheik kick)

Minneota Offensive Statistics
Total yards: Minneota 523, YME 168 .... Passing yards: Minneota 160, YME 127 ... Rushing yards: Minneota 363, YME 41 ... First Downs: Minneota 25, YME 6 .... Turnovers: Minneota 1, YME 2 .... Penalties: Minneota 4-24, YME 3-31.

Minneota Individuals
Passing (com-att-yds-td-int): Isaac Pohlen 10-18-160-2-1

Rushing (att-yds): Ryan Meagher 10-185, Zack Fier 13-99, Lucas Rybinski 4-34, Adam DeVlaeminck 1-18, Parker Bradley 2-12, Carson Javers 2-11, Destin Fier 2-8, Zeke Monzon 1-3, Branden Johnson 1(-2), Ryan Dalager 2-(-5).

Receiving: Peyton Gillund 6-96, Zack Fier 2-22, Peyton Sheik 1-22, Sawyer DeSmet 1-20

Minneota Defensive Statistics
Tackles (solo-assist-total): Parker Bradley 3-3-6, Dalton Orvis 5-0-5, Joe Verschelde 5-0-5, Eli Gruenes 3-1-4, Destin Fier 1-3-4, Brody Larson 2-1-3, Hudson Scholten 2-1-3, Alex DePestel 1-2-3, Sawyer DeSmet 2-0-2, Branden Johnson 2-0-2, Kaden Lasnetski 1-1-2, Lucas Rybinski 0-2-2, Zeke Monzon 1-0-1, Peyton Sheik 1-0-1, Ben Schmidt 1-0-1, Brock Fier 1-0-1, Keaton Jurrens 1-0-1, Easton Johnston 0-1-1, Michael Popowski 0-1-1

Interceptions: Jackson Lacek 1, Easton Johnston 1

Tackles for Loss: Dalton Orvis 1, Joe Verschelde 1, Branden Johnson 1, Hudson Scholten 1, Parker Bradley 1

Sacks: Hudson Scholten 1, Branden Johnson 1

Punting (no-avg.): Gillund 1-34.0

This memorial was unveiled under the press box at K.P. Kompelien Field in honor of longtime public address announcer Ross Eischens.​ Mascot photo by Brian Jeremiason

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