|10/1/2021 1:00:00 PM|
Rocori takes it to Chisago Lakes, running up 40 by halftime
With a devastating passing attack, the Rocori Spartans scored on their first six possessions to build a 40-7 halftime lead and went on to beat the Wildcats 40-21 last Friday, September 24 at Chisago Lakes High School. The only thing the Spartans weren’t very good at were extra points, as they only converted two of their six two-point attempts for the game. But that didn’t really matter.
On the game’s opening drive, Rocori quarterback Jack Spanier was five of six for 67 yards, including a six-yard touchdown pass. The try for two failed and they led 6-0. The Wildcats responded with quick scoring drive. After the first two plays of the drive, they faced third and three at their own 42. Quarterback Nick Wasko rolled left, faked a pitch, headed upfield through a hole and just kept going, untouched, for a 58-yard touchdown run. Bryce Morley converted the extra point and the Wildcats led 7-6.
After returning the ensuing kickoff to the 50, Rocori needed just four plays to score and led 14-7. They then sent a short kickoff over the heads of the first line of Wildcats and recovered the ball at the Wildcat 42. The Spartans needed just two plays to score, passes of 26 yards and 16 yards, to go up 20-7. After forcing the Wildcats to punt, the Spartans started at their own 32 at the beginning of the second quarter. Three completed passes, including two of more than 20 yards, got them down the field quickly. A four-yard touchdown pass from Spanier made it 28-7. The Spartans scored two more times before the end of the first half. The last score came after the Wildcats fumbled on their own 22, giving Rocori a short field it didn’t really need.
With the game well in hand, the Spartans took their foot off the gas in the second half. The Wildcats scored on a two-yard run by Wasko and a seven-yard run by Tyler Drury to make the final score 40-21.
Spanier finished the game 20 for 27 for 266 yards and six touchdowns. Rocori did rush for 116 yards on 31 carries, with most of that coming in the second half. The Wildcats, in contrast, had 319 yards rushing, but no passing yards. Wasko led the way with 13 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Wildcat head coach Bill Weiss said “Rocori had a pretty good passing attack and even made some tweaks to it from what they had done previous weeks. They are very good at what they do and their ability to exploit our weaknesses made the difference in this one. We did move the ball on them at times, but our drives would stall out or we would give them a turnover with short field to score. We had too many mistakes on offense as well as defense. We felt like we were well-prepared for this game, and we hit a buzzsaw. But our players are resilient, and they will bounce back.”
The Wildcats (1-3) will travel to the St. Francis High School Soccer Complex to play the St. Francis Fighting Saints (1-3) tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Weiss said “Unlike most of this year’s opponents, St. Francis is a familiar foe as we have played them a lot over the years. They are balanced in what they do. They are not very flashy. They are a tough, hard-nosed football team, kind of like us. We’ve had some great games with them, and we are looking forward to this matchup.”.