Kingsland grads playing key roles
on undefeated RCTC football team
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 3:27 AM
Two Kingsland graduates from the class of 2011 play key roles in the success of the Rochester Community and Technical College Yellow Jackets football team, which is ranked number one in the state and 19th in the nation.
Joe Strike and Alan McCaulley are both members of the team, contributing to RCTC's biggest win of the season on Sept. 21 when the Yellow Jackets beat Central Lakes Community College from Brainerd, the only team to beat RCTC last year during the season and in the MCAC state title game of 2012.
Both teams entered the game 3-0. Central Lakes was ranked 15th in the nation among junior college football teams and No. 1 in the state prior to the game. The host Yellow Jackets controlled play from the start and rolled to a 48-21 victory.
Strike, the starting middle linebacker, intercepted two passes, returning both for touchdowns. He was named national defensive player of the week by the NJCAA. In addition to his interception returns of 52 and 16 yards for touchdowns, he had seven tackles to spearhead the defense.
Both of Strike's interceptions came on tipped passes when quarterback Andrew Johnson was being pressured.
McCaulley is the starting left tackle on the offensive line, which also had a great game. The offensive line blocked for 375 yards rushing against Central Lakes and 158 passing yards for total offense of 491 yards.
"The offensive line came out and did a great job," head coach Bill Quistorff told the Post-Bulletin. "We're very, very happy with how they played."
The previous week against Fon du Lac Community College, the line also blocked for 321 rushing yards and 116 passing total of 482 offense.