The Minden Whippets football team passed its toughest test of the 2011 season on Friday night at Kuper Field when they defeated district foe, the Sandy Creek Cougars, to take a commanding lead in the Class C-6 district.
Minden was able to score 21 in the first half and matched it with 21 in the second half en route to a convincing 42-14 victory over the Cougars.
“We did some good things but we need to continue to improve,” said Minden head coach Sam Dunn. “Our running game was successful despite Sandy Creek loading the box against us and I thought our line played pretty well. Defensively, we limited Sandy Creek to 47 yards rushing, and 126 yards passing.”
Minden remains unbeaten on the season improving to 5-0 and will be on the road on Friday, Oct. 7 when they take on the Gibbon Buffaloes. Sandy Creek dips to 3-2 on the year.
In a first quarter that only lasted less than 20 minutes, Minden had the ball last and put the first points on the scoreboard scoring on an eight play drive that covered 57-yards in less than three minutes.
Key plays on the drives were a 21-yard pass play from Derek Kissinger to Landon Lempka and Ryan Chramosta with a 14-yard run. Kissinger ended the drive when he found a wide open Carson Blum in the end zone on a play covering 13-yards. Kissinger made the point-after-kick as the Dawgs went ahead 7-0.
In the second period, Minden found the end zone twice more before the end of the half. When Minden touched the ball for the first time in the period, Blum took the hand off and cruised 44-yards to the end zone to put Minden ahead 14-0 following the Kissinger kick at the 10:00 mark.
After Minden’s defense stopped the Cougars, the Whippets got the ball back at the Sandy Creek 40-yard line. The Dawgs were off and marching toward the end zone for the third time in the first half.
The drive began with Jarod Speer running for 12-yards followed by a Kissinger to Christian Schwenka eight-yard completion to give the Dawgs a first down. Speer got the ball and finished off the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run. Kissinger booted through the PAT kick and Minden increased its lead to 21-0.
The Cougars put together their best drive of the game marching 65-yards against the Dawg defense aided by penalties. Minden held Sandy Creek on the one-yard line for three plays before the Cougars finally scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 17.5 seconds to play in the half.
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