The McNicholas Rockets moved to 2-0 on the season by shutting out the New Richmond Lions 17-0 on the road.
The first quarter was highlighted by strong defensive stops for both teams and neither team's offense could manage a scoring drive. McNicholas (2-0) opened the second quarter with an eight play, 55-yard rushing drive capped by senior quarterback Matt Staubach's 31-yard run. Patrick Disalvio made the extra point and the Rockets took a seven-point lead.
New Richmond (1-1) opened the second half with a solid 43-yard opening drive which the Rockets stopped when they recovered a Lions' fumble on the Rockets' 12-yard line.
New Richmond's defense responded and held the Rockets and forced them to punt. Rocket senior Eric Ernst had a very good night punting against a very strong wind, averaging 39.5 yards on four punts.
The Lions' offense started in good position on their 45-yard line and again the seasoned Rocket defense forced a fumble on a Lions option.
McNick senior Ryan McMillan recovered a fumble and returned it to the Lions' 30-yard line. Outstanding offensive line blocking enabled senior Ryan Haynes to cap off the six play, 30-yard drive with a 7-yard run right up the middle. The extra point was good and the Rockets jumped to a 14- 0 lead late in the third quarter.
The Rocket defense was simply outstanding led by seniors Jessie Mehring, Pat Fitzgerald, Nick Schweickart , Dustin Mai and Michael Staderman. The unit held Lions to 127 yards of total offense and 0-for-5 on third down conversions.
The fourth quarter was highlighted by a strong rushing attack which delivered a 13 play, 72-yard drive which took over seven minutes off the clock. Patrick Disalvio ended the drive by kicking his first varsity field goal of 35 yards. Once again Rocket senior Rob Rice closed out the night with a game-ending interception on the Rocket 25 yard line.
The Lion's Garrett Meyers and Nick Hill delivered the majority of their offense with 53 yards and 36 yards respectively.
For the Rockets, Staubach finished the evening with 123 yards on 21 carries (5.9 yds/carry). Rice and junior Dillon Stanfield had a good solid rushing night complementing each other with both carrying the ball 12 times with 80 yards and 72 yards respectively.
Head coach Steve Klonne was very pleased with how his offense played gaining 310 yards and eating up about 33 minutes of clock.
McNicholas will welcome Medway, a team from Ontario, to Anderson Brown Stadium next Friday night. Elsewhere New Richmond braces for a match-up in Kentucky versus Simon Kenton.
Written by: Tom Dooling, TriStateFootball.com