Ryan Meagher (20) of the Vikings busts loose for one of his four touchdowns Friday night. Meagher finished with 146 yards rushing.

Vikings rout YME in home opener

Meagher’s four TDs lead Minneota, 63-19

Ryan Meagher ran for 146 yards and four touchdowns and Minneota churned for nearly 400 yards on the ground in a 63-19 rout of Yellow Medicine East in its home opener Friday night at K.P. Kompelien Field.
Meagher scored once in the second quarter from four yards out, and three times in the third quarter on runs of 15, 1 and 3 yards.
The Vikings (2-0) scored on their second possession of the game when Max Rost scored around left end on a 13-yard run to cap a five-play, 74-yard drive. Meagher had runs of 24, 15 and 8 yards during the drive. Destin Fier had a 14-yard run. Ian Myhre booted the first of his nine extra-point conversions.
The Vikings then reached the end zone three more times in the second quarter and took a 28-6 lead at halftime.
YME chose to run a play on fourth-and-six at their own 36 and were stopped. Four plays later, Meagher scored his first touchdown of the night to put the Vikings ahead 14-0.
After forcing a YME punt, Minneota needed only two plays to travel 54 yards and take a 21-0 lead. Rost ran for 28 yards and Destin Fier scored from 26 yards away.
YME got on the board on a pass from James Peterson to Adam Stengel that covered 52 yards to close within 21-6. The Vikings then tacked on another score when Ryan Dalager hit Sawyer DeSmet in the right corner of the end zone for a 10-yard TD.
The Vikings' offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing Meagher to score on three straight possessions in the third quarter.
Minneota's two touchdowns in the fourth quarter both came on the ground. Brock Fier scored from 11 yards out before Easton Johnston broke free for a 15-yard TD to cap the scoring.
Destin Fier finished with 77 yards rushing for the Vikings. Rost had 61 yards, Johnston ran for 50 yards and Brock Fier added 40.
Dalager threw for 125 yards. Rost had three receptions, while Desmet and Peyton Sheik had two apiece.
Parker Bradley, the team's leading tackler a season ago, had nine solo stops to lead the Vikings, including three tackles for loss.
YME's Brady Dahlager scored on a 69-yard run in the third quarter and a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 149 yards in 11 carries. Andrew Flaten had two interceptions for the Sting.

Minneota 63, YME 19
Yellow Medicine East....................................................0 6 6 7 - 19
Minneota.......................................................................7 21 21 14 - 63

Scoring plays
Min - Max Rost 13 run (Ian Myhre kick)
Min - Ryan Meagher 4 run (Myhre kick)
Min - Destin Fier 26 run (Myhre kick)
YME - Adam Stengel 52 pass from Andrew Flaten (pass failed)
Min - Sawyer DeSmet 10 pass from Ryan Dalager (Myhre kick)
YME - Brady Dahlager 69 run (run faled)
Min - Meagher 15 run (Myhre kick)
Min - Meagher 1 run (Myhre kick)
Min - Meagher 3 run (Myhre kick)
Min - Brock Fier 11 run (Myhre kick)
YME - Dahlager 60 run (Moises Hidalgo kick)
Min - Easton Johnston 15 run (Myhre kick)

Team statistics
Passing yards: Yelllow Medicine East 72, Minneota 125 ... Rushing yards: Yellow Medicine East 161, Minneota 386 ... Total yards: Yellow Medicine East 233, Minneota 511 ... First downs: Yellow Medicine East 8, Minneota 23 ... Turnovers: Yellow Medicine East 1, Minneota 2 ... Penalties: Yellow Medicine East 5-56, Minneota 3-7

Minneota individual statistics
Passing (com-att-yds-int): Ryan Dalager 9-16-125-2, Brody Larson 0-1-0-0
Rushing (attempts-yards): Ryan Meagher 15-146, Destin Fier 5-77, Max Rost 4-61, Easton Johnston 2-50, Brock Fier 3-40, Kellen Bradley 2-12
Receiving (receptions-yards): Sawyer DeSmet 2-47, Max Rost 3-29, Peyton Sheik 2-17, Destin Fier 1-16, Lucas Rybinski 1-16
Tackles (solo-assist-total): Parker Bradley 9-0-9, Eli Gruenes 4-0-4, Andrew Lipinski 3-1-4, Max Rost 2-1-3, Kellen Bradley 2-1-3, Adam DeVlaeminck 2-1-3, Ryan Meagher 2-0-2, Destin Fier 2-0-2, Kaden Neyens 2-0-2, Alex DePestel 2-0-2, Keaton Jurrens 2-0-2, Joey Lacek 2-0-2, Brock Fier 1-1-2, Sawyer DeSmet 1-0-1, Hunter Carstensen 1-0-1, Lincoln Jerzak 1-0-1, Grant Anderson 1-0-1, Lucas Rybinski 0-1-1, Brody Larson 0-1-1, Tom DeSmet 0-1-1
Sacks: Sawyer DeSmet 1, Kaden Neyens 1
Tackles for loss: Parker Bradley 3, Destin Fier 2, Kaden Neyens 2, Andrew Lipinski 1, Adam DeVlaeminck 1, Alex DePestel 1, Sawyer DeSmet 1, Hunter Carstensen 1
Fumble recovery: Brody Larson 1

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