39-7 Homecoming win for St Clair

As promised – St. Clair football fans with the ultimate Friday Night Lights backdrop.

By Joe Steck – Mankato Times

ST CLAIR, MINN. — The St Clair Cyclones defeated the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs 39-7 at home on Friday in a conference match-up. With the win the Cyclones improve to 4-1 while the Bulldogs drop to 0-5.

St. Clair will travel to Medford on Friday with a 7:00 PM scheduled start. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton will host Minnesota Valley Lutheran this Friday with a 7:00 PM scheduled start.

It was homecoming for St. Clair and the Cyclones came out ready to play, scoring the first touchdown of the game with 9:59 left in the first quarter. After forcing a 4th and 26 yards on the Bulldogs first possession, JWP elected to punt. Cyclones senior Grant Nagel broke through the Bulldogs line and blocked the Dalton Klampe punt. Nagel recovered the ball and ran in for a 26 yard score. The Cyclones converted the 2-point conversion to take an early 8-0 lead.

“It was basically all luck, I am not that athletic and it kind of fell in my hands.” Said the modest, but very talented Nagel. Besides the blocked punt and touchdown, Nagel finished the night with 4 solo tackles, 3 assists, 2 sacks and averaged 55 yards on his kickoffs.

Cyclone defender Grant Nagel knocks down a pass from Bulldog quarterback Sam Eustice.

St. Clair increased the lead to 14-0 after senior quarterback Dylan Schons kept the ball and scampered into the end zone with 5:46 left in the quarter. The 2-point conversion was missed.

The Cyclones made in 20-0 after junior Noah Schruin rushed in from the 1 yard line with 3:57 left in the half.

The Cyclones took advantage of senior Aaron Drummer’s interception on the Bulldogs next possession. Schons connected with junior Derik Miller for the 29 yard touchdown with 3:40 left in the half. The Cyclones missed the 2-point conversion and took a 26-0 lead into the locker room.

After the announcement of the Homecoming court and a performance by the Cyclone cheerleaders, the two teams again took the field.

It looked like it was going to be a scoreless 3rd quarter but with 59 seconds left, Schons connected with Schruin for a 65 yard score. The extra point was missed and the Cyclones lead increased to 32-0.

Schruin finished the game with 49 yards on 13 carries and 1 catch for 65 yards.

The Bulldogs fumbled the ball on the pursuing kickoff and it was recovered by freshman Max Hooseline at the JWP 39 yard line. Schons ran in from 26 yards out for his 2nd rushing touchdown of the game. Freshman Dylan Thompson kicked the extra point to put the Cyclones up 39-0.

Dylan Schons breaks through the crowd for a 28 yard touchdown.

Schons was 3 for 4 with 129 with 2 touchdowns and led the team on the ground gaining 82 yards on 10 carries with 2 touchdowns.

The Bulldogs finally put some points on the board when senior quarterback Sam Eustice connected with senior wide receiver Andrew Fisel for a 19 yard touchdown. Ethan Bluhm kicked the extra point and the game ended 39-7.

The Cyclones were dominant on both sides of the ball, racking up 332 yards (129 passing, 203 rushing) while holding the Bulldogs to 63 total yards.

“With a 0-4 team you never know what they are going to throw at you so we had to be prepared for anything,” said Nagel “The big thing for us tonight was to stop their run. Their passing game is pretty good and their quarterback is good so we concentrated on stopping the run and were hoping for good coverage on their passes.”

The Cyclones are a rushing team and that means the wide receivers usually need to block.

Senior Aaron Drummer plays both sides of the ball spoke a little about what the win means to the team and on his responsibilities as a receiver.

“This was a good win for us. We lost twice to them last year so it feels good to win,” he said “Blocking can be tough during the game because the defenders are always changing their positions from play to play so it is important to communicate with the guy next to you and find out who and where to block.”

Drummer finished the night with 1 interception, 1 solo tackle, 4 assists, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 reception for 35 yards.

St Clair’s Derik Miller tackles Kaden Mogensen of the Bulldogs.

St Clair Offensive Leaders:

Passing: Dylan Schons 3 of 4, 129 yards, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Schons 10 for 82 yards, 2 TD; Noah Schruin 13 for 49 yards, 1 TD; Mason Stenzel 7 for 33 yards; Gage Baker 8 for 27 yards; Logan Marzinske 3 for 12 yards.

Receiving: Noah Schruin 1 for 65 yards, 1 TD; Aaron Drummer 1 for 35 yards; Derik Miller 1 for 29 yards.

St Clair Defensive Leaders:

Tackles: Dylan Schons 4 solo, 2 assists; Grant Nagel 4 solo, 3 assists, 2 sacks, 1 blocked punt, 1 TD; Matt Strobel 3 solo; Owen Goebel 3 solo, 3 assists; Noah Schruin 1 solo, 1 assist, 1 sack; Gage Baker 2 solo, 5 assists; David Loeffler 2 solo, 4 assists; Aaron Drummer 1 solo, 4 assists, 1 int.; Jacob Rule 1 solo, 1 assist; Hunter Heinbaugh 1 solo, 3 assists.

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