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College Football: Rochester hands 15th-ranked Raiders first loss

ROCHESTER — Rochester Community and Technical College scored 24 unanswered points in the first quarter and went on to saddle the 15th-ranked Central Lakes College Raiders with their first defeat 48-21 in the Southern Division opener for both teams Saturday.

Running back Alex Schliesmann rushed 25 times for 226 yards and a touchdown for the 4-0 Yellowjackets.

Joe Strike led the Rochester defense as he intercepted two passes and returned both for touchdowns.

Yellowjackets quarterback Tanner Menke threw three touchdown passes to Josh Zitzmann.

The Yellowjackets maintained a 472-280 edge in total yards with 361 rushing.

CLC (3-1 overall) scored in the second quarter on a 6-yard pass from Patrick White to Steve Wroblewski, in the third on a 74-yard pass from Andrew Johnson to Shaquille Peterson and in the fourth on a 6-yard Erik McAfee run.

Johnson finished 12 of 24 passing for 183 yards. Peterson finished with two receptions for 105 yards.

For CLC, Austin Krumwiede had an interception, Vadell Johnson recorded a sack and Alex Galvan made nine tackles.

Central Lakes 0 7 7 7 — 21

Rochester 24 0 14 10 — 48

First quarter

R-Josh Zitzmann 9 pass from Tanner Menke (Ruan Albuquerque kick)

R-Zitzmann 28 pass from Menke (Albuquerque kick)

R-Joe Strike 48 interception return (Albuquerque kick)

R-Albuquerque 43 FG

Second quarter

CLC-Steve Wroblewski 6 pass from Patrick White (Jack Corbett kick)

Third quarter

R-Zitzmann 7 pass from Menke (Albuquerque kick)

R-Strike 18 interception return (Albuquerque kick)

R-Zitzmann 7 pass from Menke (Albuquerque kick)

CLC-Shaquille Peterson 74 pass from Andrew Johnson (Corbett kick)

Fourth quarter

R-Schliesmann 23 run (Albuquerque kick)

CLC-Erik McAfee 16 run (Corbett kick)

R-Albuquerque 38 FG

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: CLC27-72, R 52-361

Pass comp-att-int-yds: CLC 208, R 111

Total offense: CLC 280, R 472

Individual leaders

Rushing: CLC-Erik McAfee 11-47, Athen Ashton 6-21, Blake Petrich 3-18, Taz Seibert 2-2, Briceon Scott-Burch 1-(-3), Andrew Johnson; R-Schliesmann 25-226, Charles Arnold 14-82, Menke 5-43

Passing: CLC-Andrew Johnson 12-24-2-183, Patrick White 3-8-0-25; R-Menke 10-27-1-111

Receiving: CLC-Shaquille Peterson 2-105, Sam Moriarty 4-44, Burch 1-24, Steve Wroblewski 2-20, Austin Pelkey 2-15, Erik McAfee 1-6, Brandon Kiel 2-(-3), Phillip Pease 1-(-3); R-Zitzmann 4-60, Matt Blanchard 1-21, Jake Kirsch 4-19, Jalen Esters 1-11

Division: CLC 0-1. Overall: CLC 3-1. Next: CLC at Minnesota State Fergus Falls 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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