The Minden Whippets football team got its 2011 season off to a roaring start on Friday at Kuper Field when they hosted the state-rated Fairbury Jeffs.
Minden left little doubt who was the better team for the second year in a row as the Dawgs steamrolled the Jeffs 41-0 to go to 1-0 in the young season.
Minden will look to remain undefeated on Friday, Sept. 2 when they travel to Gothenburg to face the Swedes (0-1) in a key early matchup.
The Whippets didn’t waste a lot of time putting up the first points of the game. On its second possession, the Dawgs had only half the field to negotiate and a 19-yard run by Carson Blum followed by a 14-yard touchdown run from Jarod Speer gave the Whippets an early 6-0 lead. Derek Kissinger booted through the point-after kick to give Minden a 7-0 lead with 2:24 remaining in the first quarter.
Minden held the Jeffs to a three and out. The Whippets took only two plays to find the end zone again as Ryan Chramosta took the hand off and galloped 46-yards to the goal line to make it 13-0 as Kissinger’s kick bounced off the cross bar with 11:49 to play in the first half.
The Whippets defense played well all game long. Senior Jack Raffety made the hit on a Fairbury ball carrier and recovered the ball setting up the Dawgs on the 47-yard line. Kissinger found Jon Barton on a 21-yard reception to move the chains before Chramosta ran 14-yards for another first down. Kissinger found a wide open Blum scoring on a 32-yard catch and run to put Minden ahead 19-0 with 7:41 left in the second.
The Whippets defense once again shut down the Fairbury offense giving Minden another chance at scoring before intermission. Kissinger hooked up with a familiar receiver, Blum, on a touchdown pass covering 57-yards as the Dawgs went ahead 25-0 as the teams headed to intermission.
Minden opened the second half the way it ended the first with another touchdown. The Whippets took the ball at its own 35-yard line and quickly marched down the field on the Jeffs defense. Blum scored his third touchdown on a 23-yard run right up the gut of the Fairbury defense. Kissinger made the PAT to put Minden ahead 32-0.
Minden’s defense forced Fairbury to punt on the ensuing series and Sam Fiest recovered a botched snap to the punter, setting up the Dawgs on the Jeffs 39-yard line with 8:52 to play in the third.
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