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High School Football: Storm registers 1st victory in series vs. Warriors

SAUK RAPIDS--A capacity homecoming crowd saw the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm make history on an ominous-looking Friday night in Stearns County. The Storm scored the game's only TD in the second quarter and made that stand up for a 6-0 North Central Re...

 

SAUK RAPIDS-A capacity homecoming crowd saw the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm make history on an ominous-looking Friday night in Stearns County.

The Storm scored the game's only TD in the second quarter and made that stand up for a 6-0 North Central Red Subdistrict victory. It was the Storm's first win over Brainerd in nine games between the schools.

After a thrilling 50-43 win at Alexandria last week in which Brainerd wasn't penalized, the Warriors were penalized 75 yards. Eight penalties and three fumbles-one lost fumble-caused Brainerd's offense to misfire at critical times.

"I thought our kids played valiantly tonight," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said. "I thought our defense played exceptionally well. Going from one week where you don't get penalized and you don't fumble ... in any case you can't make that many mistakes at the other team's homecoming.

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"We knew coming in they were a really good team. Give credit to them. They made stand after stand, I don't know how many times we were inside their 20 but it was plenty."

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SRR 6, Warriors 0

  • The key: Brainerd was penalized eight times for 75 yards
  • Subdistrict: Brd 1-2, SRR 1-2
  • Overall: Brd 2-2, SRR 2-2
  • Next: Bemidji at Brainerd 2 p.m. Sept. 30.

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Brainerd was in the red zone four times but couldn't capitalize. The last time was on the game's final drive. Brainerd regained possession with no timeouts and 1:58 remaining, staring at 80 yards after a touchback. The Warriors made three first downs but their comeback ended when Charlie Geraets caught a 9-yard pass from quarterback Sam Miller but was knocked out of bounds at the Storm's 7.

"That would have been ironic, to go 80 yards against the wind with (less than two minutes) left and we darn near got there," Stolski said. "We were (7) yards short."

Brainerd lost despite racking up 297 total yards to the Storm's 186. And it lost despite third-quarter interceptions by Brady Anderson and Pat Gervenak and a fourth-quarter fumble recovery that Morgan Gibson returned 25 yards.

Geraets finished with 155 yards rushing on 29 attempts. Miller completed 10 of 20 passes for 110 yards. The Storm's J.D. Bates rushed 19 times for 114 yards.

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The opening quarter ended with Brainerd at the Storm's 5 following a 3-yard gain on a fourth-down pass from Miller to Max Boran.

SRR scored its only points late in the first half. The Storm went 80 yards in nine plays aided by four Warrior penalties-two 15-yarders. On first down at the Brainerd 28, Storm quarterback Cade Milton-Baumgartner connected with Anthony Massman for a score. The conversion run failed and it was 6-0 Storm at the half.

On its first possession of the second half, Brainerd raced from its 25 to the Storm 16 where Miller was sacked for a 5-yard loss on fourth down.

Gervenak interception gave Brainerd the ball at the Storm 39 with 3:17 remaining. On first down, Geraets ripped off a 36-yard run. But the Warriors fumbled on the next play and SRR recovered at its 8.

Other than Brainerd's final drive, neither team mounted a serious offensive threat in the fourth quarter.

 

Brainerd 0 0 0 0-0

Sauk Rapids 0 6 0 0-6

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Second quarter

SRR-Anthony Massman 28 pass from Cade Milton-Baumgardner (run fails) 2:55

Team statistics

Rushing yards: Brd 187, SRR 118

Passing yards: Brd 110, SRR 68

Total offense: Brd 297, SRR 186

Individual leaders

Rushing: Brd-Sam Miller 14-(-3), Charlie Geraets 29-155, Max Zimmerman 6-35; SRR-Cade Milton-Baumgardner 6-(-37), J.D. Bates 19-114, Tristen Welch 14-35, Braden Tretter 2-6

Passing: Brd-Sam Miller 10-20-110; SRR-Cade Milton-Baumgardner 4-13-68

Receiving: Brd-Max Boran 3-30, Mike Bostrom 4-57, Max Zimmerman 1-14, Charlie Geraets 1-9; SRR-Anthony Massman 1-28, Braden Tretter 1-9, Welch 1-17

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