Lions club Cougars in grid opener
Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:31 AM
On Friday, August 30, the Spring Grove football squad traveled to Mabel for the inaugural game of the 2013 season. The Lions were practically unstoppable, dominating on both sides of the ball in a 52-6 thumping of the Cougars.
Dustin Vickerman scores his first varsity touchdown with a leaping reception in the end zone. Defending for Mabel-Canton is Mitch Kuhn.
The Lions (1-0) scored the first 38 points, while Mabel-Canton (0-1) went without a first down during their first 5 possessions.
SG rushed for 496 yards and passed for 87 to finish with 583 yards of offense. M-C had 126 yards on the ground and 15 in the air (2 for 8) for 141 total yards.
Blocking up front for SG were Nick Holty, Brady Schuttemeier, Alex Engelhardt, Zach Sanness and Jordan Jaster. Behind them, Caleb Happel ran for 222 yards giving him 1,008 for his career. He and Matt Schleich (148 yards) both had career-high rushing efforts, each scoring 3 touchdowns.
Happel scored on 21, 15 and 47-yard runs while Schleich scored on 53, 36 and 2-yard carries.
In a strong debut at quarterback, junior Keenan Siminski was sacked on the first pass call but came back to complete 6 of 9 passes (one dropped) for 80 yards including an impressive 26-yard scrambling touchdown toss to a leaping Dustin Vickerman.
In his first football game in two years, Vickerman had 4 receptions for 47 yards, one of 4 Lions to catch a pass.
In his varsity debut, freshman quarterback Chase Grinde completed his only pass and closed the scoring in the third period with a 43-yard run on his first-ever varsity carry.
The SG starters scored on 7 of 9 possessions. Oddly enough, the Lions did not score on their longest drive (81 yards) as the Cougars stopped a fourth-down play at the one yard-line as the first half ended with SG up 38-6.
After a 13-play, 40-yard clock-eating possession the Lion reserves ended the game on the M-C 13, allowing the clock to expire.
Spring Grove converted only 2 of 8 extra-point plays on runs by Schleich and Harrison Speltz. The Cougar extra-point kick was blocked by Schuttemeier.
Mabel-Canton's initial first down came one play before Hunter Johnson raced 64 yards for the Cougars' only score.
Johnson finished with 108 yards, but that long TD run accounted for about half of the Cougars' 126-yard rushing total.
The first of two SG versus M-C contests this season, the game counted as a non-conference matchup. The teams will meet again in a conference contest in the Wednesday regular-season finale on October 16.
RUSHING: Happel 23 - 222 yds., 3 TD;
Schleich 9-148, 3 TD, PAT; Chase Grinde 1-43, TD; Dylan Kampschroer 7-24; Jayme Lenning 6-21; Dustin Vickerman 1-16; Damon Cody 2-13; Keenan Siminski 4-4; Harrison Speltz 1-3, PAT; Alex Engelhardt 2-2
PASSING: Keenan Siminski 6-9-0, 80 yds., TD; Chase Grinde 1-1-0, 7 yds.
RECEIVING: Dustin Vickerman 4-47 yds.,TD; Alex Engelhardt 1-29; Matt Schleich 1-8; Brady Schuttemeier 1-3
TACKLES: Brady Schuttemeier 8, Matt Schleich 6, Caleb Happel 6, Alex Engelhardt 4, Damon Cody 4, Harrison Speltz 4, Dustin Vickerman 3, Nick Holty 3, Keenan Siminski 3, Jacob Lenning 2, Kody Olerud 2, Larry Schulte 2, MIkal Guberud 2, Tanner Sanness 1, Jayme Lenning 1, Jordan Jaster 1,