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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Raiders improve to 4-0 with win over Itasca

Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls Central Lakes College’s Greg Flickinger stopped It

Central Lakes College quarterback Carson Wessinger threw for two TDs and the Raiders rushed for two more scores to remain unbeaten with Saturday’s 25-6 win over Itasca at Findorf Field in Brainerd.

CLC led 13-0 at halftime before scoring two third quarter touchdowns to put the game away.  The Vikings got their lone score in the third quarter on a 1-yard pass.

The Raiders were giving up 212.7 yards a game before Saturday’s contest. That number will improve as they held the Vikings to 73 total yards, including just nine rushing yards.

“We game planned all week and came out today looking to know our stuff and what to do,” Raiders linebacker Jordan Bialke said. “Coaches got everyone lined up right and in our gaps and we shut them down.”

Head coach Greg Medeck said  his defense has been improving each week after giving up four scores in their first game of the season.

“We are setting goals each week defensively and we are accomplishing those for the most part,” Medeck said.

 “We are trying to motivate these guys and we have had two good weeks and settled into a nice groove. It’s not just one person, but a bunch of guys that are doing a good job and stepping up and making plays.”

On offense, CLC had 340 total yards, including 225 passing yards. Wessinger completed 12 passes to seven different receivers. Averey Duncan caught two passes for 88 yards to lead the Raiders’ receivers.

Aaron White led the ground attack as he rushed 21 times for 69 yards. Taz Seibert ran three times for 61 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown. 

After a fumble recovery, the Raiders used an eight-play drive, capped off by a 4-yard scoring burst from White, to take an early 7-0 lead.

Seibert’s long run handed CLC a 14-0 halftime edge.

CLC put two more scoring drives together in the third quarter with the wind in its face. The Raiders started on their own 47 yard line and two plays later were in the end zone as Wessinger connected with Maurice Baldwin on a 57-yard scoring pass.

“Carson has had a couple of really good weeks and he got a little rattled today,” said Medeck. “He will be all right and sometimes he just tries to do too much.” 

The 19-point lead was safe as the Raiders defense held firm in the fourth quarter. They also avoided any big plays on special teams on a tough day for both team’s kickers.

“Special teams are such an important factor,” Medeck said. “We preach about it and it won us a football game in Week One. They are so important and we work on it. We did some great things, but we also had some things that we need to correct to play a complete game.”

Itasca  0 0 6 0  —  6

CLC    7 6 12 0 — 25

First quarter

CLC: Aaron White 4 run (White kick) 3:04

Second quarter

CLC: Taz Seibert 53 run (kick failed) 14:42

Third quarter

CLC: Maurice Baldwin 57 pass from Carson Wessinger (conversion failed) 14:19

Itc: Joe Bohaty 1 pass from Brandon Welinski (conversion failed) 6:53

CLC: Averey Duncan 59 pass from Wessinger (conversion failed) 4:02 

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: CLC - 43-115

Pass comp-att-int-yards: CLC - 12-19-1-225

Total offense: CLC - 340; Itc 73

Individual statistics

Rushing: CLC - White 21-69, Seibert 3-61, Logan Baker 4-14, Jordan Hayes 2-10, AJ Johnstone 2-7, Sean Nokken 1-6, Dustin Deery 1-1, Duncan 1-(8), Wessinger 8-(45)

Passing: CLC - Wessinger 12-19-1-225

Receiving: CLC - Duncan 2-88, Baldwin 2-68, Ryan Ti 2-23, Gabe Eppert 2-21, Aaron White 1-9, Jordan Hayes 2-8, John Ulrich 1-8 

Overall: CLC 4-0, Itasca 1-3. Next: CLC at Rochester 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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