Drew Hurley and AJ Riley make the tackle on a Rushford-Peterson player and force the fumble for the Gophers.
Drew Hurley and AJ Riley make the tackle on a Rushford-Peterson player and force the fumble for the Gophers.
Please note the start of Friday night's game against Hayfield...6:30 p.m.

Last Friday night the Chatfield Gophers downed #7(Class A) Rushford-Peterson, 24-7.

The rushing defense was very solid, holding the Trojans to just 95 yards on the ground, in 27 plays. Rushford-Peterson went to the air 25 times for an additional 105 yards.

Four different Chatfield defensive players had three solo tackles; Jake Neis, Alex Haffner, Dalton Schwier and Hank Friederichs. In addition, three Gophers had fumble recoveries, Haffner, Friederichs and Drew Hurley. Topping off the fine defensive play was an interception by Nate Skare and a quarterback sack by Ian Morrison.

Also aiding in the defense were Ethan Wright, five assisted tackles, Friederichs, five assists, and Alex Bradt, three assists and two batted passes.

The offense was led again by the rushing of Jake Neis. Neis carried the ball 20 times for 152 yards, including a 59 yard touchdown run. He also had a touchdown run of 11 yards.

Quarterback Nate SKare completed one pass, and that was for a 46 yard touchdown to Jayme LaPlante.

Skare was also good on all three PAT's and kicked a 37 yard field goal.

The Gophers made some plays Friday night that are really going to benefit them later in the season, when the playoffs roll around.

Scoring by quarters...

R-P 0-7-0-0 = 7

Chat 7-14-3-0 = 24

Individual stats...Rushing; Nate Neis 20 carries/152 yds, 2 touchdowns; Alex Haffner, 12/60; Nate Skare, 6/31; Ryan Meeker 4/14, Alex Bradt 4/9. Passing; Skare, 1/5, 46 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT. Receiving; Jayme LaPlante, 1, 46 yds, 1 TD. Special teams: Nate Skare(punting, 5/34.0), AJ Riley(punt return, 1, 8 yds), Ryan Meeker(punt return,2/8.0; ko return, 1/16 yds), Sawyer Prinsen(kickoffs, 5/46.8), Alex Bradt(ko return, 1/13 yds),

Team stats... Chatfield Rushford-Peterson

First downs 11 9

Rushing 46 carries, 266 yds 27c, 95 yds

Passing 1/5, 46 yds 10/25, 105 yds

Total offense 51 plays, 312 yds 52 plays, 200 yds

Turnovers 2(1 fumble, 1 INT) 4(3 fumbles, 1 INT)

Penalties 5, 36 yds 4, 20 yds