Tenth-ranked Kasson-Mantorville imposed its will at the line of scrimmage. Behind big man and Gopher commit Reese Tripp, the KoMets had a handful of players run the ball nearly 300 yards in a 49-7 win over Red Wing Friday night.
Kasson-Mantorville held the Red Wing to its lowest point total since opening week when the Wingers were shut out in Winona. A poor offensive start to the game and the early scoring of KoMets put the Wingers in a 20-0 hole after the first quarter.
The opening kickoff of the game, received by the KoMets, was returned for a touchdown by Emmett Ricke. Down quickly 7-0, the Wingers had negative yards on its first possession and punted. The KoMets then scored on their first possession on a 6-yard run by Micheal Hoff. midway through the first quarter.
A fumble on the first play of the ensuing Red Wing possession was recovered by a KoMets defender already on the ground near the line of scrimmage. Just over two minutes after scoring their second touchdown of the game, the KoMets had another to go ahead 20-0 with 4 minutes, 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
“We had times where we started slow,” Stinson said of the game Friday night and of past games against Stewartville and Byron. “Against good teams you have to put all three phases together.”
The Wingers sustained a drive that stalled at the K-M 22-yard line in the first quarter. The Wingers went for the field goal. The attempt was short and returned about 10 yards by the KoMets.
“Part of it is making the most out of those opportunities and against good football teams like that, you need to convert on those,” Sinson said. “That's a big deal too in terms of field position.”
Stinson reiterated that he doesn't focus on points. He doesn’t want to distract the players by setting a points goal, but rather on getting the job done on each play. Doing so, he hopes the Wingers can put up points like they did earlier in the season.
The Wingers have played its toughest part of the schedule, facing two ranked opponents. Right now the focus is on putting all three phases - offense, defense, special teams - together for a complete game. In past games, the Wingers have done nicely and lately have lacked some consistency.
In the fourth quarter, the Wingers avoided the shutout as Adam Roe found Mitchell Seeley open on a corner route for a 25-yard touchdown.
Red Wing (1-6) next faces New Prague at home on Wednesday, Oct. 19 to close out the regular season. New Prague (4-3) last played on Thursday, Oct. 13 against Owatonna, winning a low-scoring battle 16-7.
KASSON-MANTORVILLE 49, RED WING 7
KM 20 14 15 0 - 49
RW 0 0 0 7 - 7
Passing: Abe Reinitz, 9-for-17, 48 yards; Adam Roe, 2-for-3, 36 yards, TD, INT; Tyler Rodgers, 1-for-1, 6 yards. Rushing: Tyler Rodgers, 11 attempts, 43 yards; Oliver Jensen, one att, 6 yards; Reinitz, six att, 4 yards; Trey Reiss, three att, 2 yards; Roe, one att, 1 yard. Receiving: Mitchell Seeley, three receptions, 50 yards, TD; Rodgers, four rec, 16 yards; Maurice Rosebear, two rec, 12 yards; Roe, two rec, 6 yards; Konnor Kelly, one rec, 6 yards.
Red Wing’s main running back and playmaker on offense Kaleb Hove was dressed but did not play in the game due to an injury. Stinson said the team thought over three different ways to fill Hove’s role as the main back. They settled on Rodgers early in the week and gave him the majority of carries in practice leading up to the game.
In past games, Rodgers has run wide receiver sweeps and has taken some delayed handoffs when in the back with Hove lined up as receiver.
With Rodgers needed as a running back, Adam Roe lined up as a third or fourth receiver on most plays. Roe caught two passes as a receiver and later threw the Winger’s touchdown while at quarterback.
Stinson said he expects Hove to return next game against New Prague.