Chatfield’s Ryan Meeker looks downfield for running room after taking the handoff from quarterback Nate Skare. Alex Haffner is making the block on a Wabasha-Kellogg player.
Chatfield’s Ryan Meeker looks downfield for running room after taking the handoff from quarterback Nate Skare. Alex Haffner is making the block on a Wabasha-Kellogg player.
After a season opening loss to Caledonia(19-18), the Chatfield football team has rebounded with a pair of wins over Goodhue(last Friday) and Wabasha-Kellogg(week 2, 39-14).

In the shutout win over the Wildcats last Friday night, Jake Neis rumbled for 196 rushing yards and four touchdowns, including a 47 yard score in the third quarter. His other 'scores' came in the first half on carries of one yard, four yards and two yards. Neis carried the ball 16 times, with a longest carry of 66 yards, and averaged 12.25 yards per 'touch'.

Also getting into the 'rushing game' were Alex Bradt(6 carries/54 yards, longest of 21 yards), Alex Haffner(5/15, longest 7), Nate Skare(3/9, longest of 9), Ryan Meeker(1/6, longest of six), Riley Ahern(4/34, longest 11), Carter Duxbury(3/16, longest of 11), Parker Fossum(1/28, longest of 28 yards), and Aaron Paulson(3/-2). One of Duxbury's carries was a one yard touchdown plunge. As a team, Chatfield carried the ball 42 times for a total of 356 net yards. All five of Chatfield's touchdowns were 'on the ground'.

In the air Chatfield was four of eight for 58 yards. Nate Skare threw all of the Gopher passes and Jayme LaPlante had all of the receptions, and thus, all of the yards.

Defensively, Chatfield was led by AJ Riley with 25 points. Riley had three solo tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections. Jake Neis also had a great night on defense, coming up with 24 points on two pass interceptions, four solo tackles and two assisted tackles. Carter Duxbury came off the bench and scored 22 points; three solo tackles, four assists, one interception and one quarterback sack. Drew Hurley accumulated 20 defensive points on four solo tackles, three assisted tackles and forced one fumble. Also in double-figures for defensive points were Alex Haffner(14; 2s, 4a, one for a loss), Dalton Schwier(16;3s, 3a, one for a loss) and Hank Friederichs(14; 4s, 2a). Others getting into the defensive 'scoring column' were Nate Skare(3), Alex Bradt(6), Aaron Paulson(1), Ethan Woltz(6), Riley Ahern(6), Ryan Meeker(8), Ethan Wright(7), Jayme LaPlante(5), Chase Salerno(5), Brandon Adler(6), Connor Demorest(3), Ian Morrison(3), Levi Roline(2) and Zach Welch(4).

"We fumbled the ball in the second half, giving them very good field position, said Coach Jeff Johnson, but we stopped them on a very good goal-line stand. We had two goal-line stands, he added. That made me happy as the head coach and the defensive co-ordinator. We bent, but we didn't break."

"Our offensive line of Brandon Adler(LT), Ian Morrison(LG), Tommy Jech(C), TJ Moechnig(RG) and Sawyer Prinsen(RT), they came off the ball and hit people, and sustainted their blocks. They were quick. They were just awesome. They had a great game and our stats showed just how good they were."

Sawyer Prinsen did the kicking-off for the Gophers and Nate Skare did the punting.

Chatfield hosts Southland Friday night in another Blue Division 'conference' game. The Rebels are 1-2 for the season, coming off a 44-14 win over Kingsland.

Team scoring, by quarters

Chatfield 14-7-6-7 = 34

Goodhue 0-0-0-0 = 0

Team stats....

Chatfield Goodhue

First downs 16 11

Rushing 42c, 356 yds 33c, 33 yds

5 TD's 0 TD's

Passing 4/8, 58 yds 12/31, 141 yds

0 INT, 0 TD's 4 INT, 0 TD's

Total 50 plays, 414 yds 64 plays, 174 yds

Penalties 10, 78 yds 5, 35 yds

Turnovers 3(fumbles) 5(4 INT, 1 fum.)

Punts 2, 37.5 yds avg. 3, 24.7 yds avg.

Kickoffs 6, 48.0 yd avg. 1, 54 yds

In the win over Wabasha-Kellogg, Chatfield had six touchdowns, five rushing and one passing. Scoring for Chatfield were Alex Bradt(16 yd run), Jake Neis(5 yd run, 16 yd run, 8 yd run), Alex Haffner(2 yd run) and Jayme LaPlante(17 yd pass from Nate Skare).

Jake Neis led the team in rushing, carrying the ball 14 times for 90 yards, including three touchdown runs of five, sixteen and eight yards). Alex Bradt carried the ball nine times for 69 yards and one score(16 yards). Also carrying the ball for the Gophers were Carter Duxbury(1/50 yds), Alex Haffner(5/16 yds, one score of 2 yds), Nate Skare(2/0), Riley Ahern(4/9), Ryan Meeker(7/23) and Dillon Bance(1/1).

Nate Skare was five of seven in passing, for 51 yards and one touchdown. Drew Hurley had three of the receptions for 21 yards, Alex Bradt had one for 11 yards and Jayme LaPlante had one for 19 yards and a score.

Sawyer Prinsen was 'the man' kicking off and Nate Skare did the punting.

AJ Riley led the team with 29 defensive points, six solo tackles, three assists, one interception and one pass deflection. Ethan Wright(8 solo tackles, 3 assists) and Hank Friederichs(six solo's, one for a loss and five assists) had 27 defensive points for the night against the Falcons. Also scoring in double-figures were Jake Neis(13), Ryan Meeker(12), Drew Hurley(21), Carter Duxbury(18), Jayme LaPlante(15), Dalton Schwier(11) and Brandon Adler(11). Others who scored were Nate Skare(3), Riley Ahern(2), Alex Haffner(6), Tommy Jech(5), TJ Moechnig(1), and Ian Morrison(7).

Scoring by quarters vs W-K

Chatfield 14-19-6-0 = 39

Wabasha-Kellogg 6-8-0-0 = 14

Team stats vs W-K

Chatfield W-K

First downs 11 8

Rushing 43c, 258 yds 36c, 199 yds

5 TD's 2 TD's

Passing 5/7, 51 yds 6/11, 64 yds

1 TD, 0 INT 0 TD's, 2 INT

Total 50 plays, 309 yds 47 plays, 263 yds

Penalties 1, 15 yds 3, 25 yds

Turnovers 0 2

Punts 4/39.8 4/30.3

Kickoffs 7/54.7 3/40.7

KO returned 4/11.3 3/33.3