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Fulda Raiders score twice in second half, earn 12-0 win over Jaguars Fulda Improves to 2-2, hosts H-BC on Friday

September 27, 2013

Fuldas Brian Fenske #11 makes the interception in the first quarter. 
 Photo Courtesy of Adam Hoogenakker, Renco Publishing
Photo Courtesy of Adam Hoogenakker, Renco Publishing
Fuldas Brian Fenske #11 makes the interception in the first quarter.
 #77 Matthew Thier forces an incomplete pass by RCW QB Hayden Johnson. 
 Photo Courtesy of Adam Hoogenakker, Renco Publishing
Photo Courtesy of Adam Hoogenakker, Renco Publishing
#77 Matthew Thier forces an incomplete pass by RCW QB Hayden Johnson.
Jordan White #21  for Fulda makes a stop on defense (running the ball is Hayden Johnson of RCW).<br><br> 
 Photo Courtesy of Adam Hoogenakker, Renco Publishing
Photo Courtesy of Adam Hoogenakker, Renco Publishing
Jordan White #21 for Fulda makes a stop on defense (running the ball is Hayden Johnson of RCW).

by Les Knutson, Sports Writer
After a defensive stalemate through the first two quarters Friday night at Danube, the visiting Fulda Raiders mounted a pair of second-half touchdown drives and claimed a 12-0 Southern Confederacy West 9-Man high school football victory over Renville County West.

It was the second win in a row for the Raiders, coming off a 30-14 triumph over Southwestern United at Brewster the previous Friday (September 13).

This week, Fulda hosts Hills-Beaver Creek (2-2) in the Raiders’ annual Homecoming Game. Kickoff at Alex Fisher Field is at 7 p.m.

Effectively mixing the passing game with a balanced rushing attack, Fulda moved the chains for 12 first downs Friday against the Jaguars and finished the night with 308 yards of total offense.

“We were able to move the ball on the ground most of the game, but were not able to sustain any of our first-half drives,” said Raider’s co-head coach Greg Erdmann. “We had two nice scoring drives in the second half to get a 12-0 lead and then we had a very strong defensive stand at the goal line late in the game, which was a confidence booster for us and kept our shutout intact.”

Erdmann called the first half a “back and forth slugfest in the middle of the field with no team gaining any type of decisive advantage.”

A key pass interception by Brian Fenske put an end to one of the Jaguars’ first-half drives and the score at halftime was deadlocked at 0-0.

The Raiders, who pounded out 226 yards on the ground on 58 carries, pieced together a nice drive in the third quarter, capped by a 21-yard touchdown pass from Fenske to Ryan Schumacher.

The Jaguars stopped Fulda’s two-point conversion try, but the Raiders had a 6-0 lead.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Fulda’s offensive line opened some gaps for strong runs up the middle by Josh Ramerth and Bennett Appel, as the Raiders marched down the field again.

Ramerth, who finished the night with 120 yards rushing on 20 carries, bolted the final 18 yards for the Raider’s second touchdown. RCW again stopped Fulda’s extra point attempt.

The Jaguars countered with an effective drive of their own, engineered by sophomore quarterback Hayden Johnson (12-of-36 passing for 107 yards during the game, plus 67 yards rushing) and were “knocking on the door” of the Raiders’ end zone.

On a fourth-and-goal at the one-foot line, Fulda’s Ben Blanchette and Brandon Everett teamed up on a key tackle, stopping the RCW drive.

“That was a great defensive stand for us to gain confidence in those types of playing situations,” declared Erdmann. “RCW ran a hurry up offense that prevented us from making personnel changes effectively.”

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