Rockets top Cougars to cap season
EBEN — You couldn’t ask for a better lead-in to the playoffs as the Rapid River football team overwhelmed the Superior Central Cougars 60-20 here Saturday.
“We played well,” Rockets coach Steve Ostrenga said. “We got off to a good start.”
Rapid River crossed into the end zone three times in the first quarter. Early on, Bryce Lundquist punched in a two-yard run for the Rockets’ first points. A little under two minutes later, Ishmael Hernandez broke out on an 18-yard run to make it 14-0 after a successful two-point conversion from Lundquist to Griffin Flath.
With 5:05 left in the first, Lundquist aired one out to Max Lenaker for a 20-yard touchdown (20-0).
The Cougars found the end zone in the second with a pass to Kyle Frusti for 30-yards.
It wasn’t until 6:11 was left in the half that the Rockets found the end zone again.
“Superior Central was doing some things we had to adjust to,” Ostrenga said. “We made a few mistakes.”
Lundquist made a 22-yard connection with Ben Lenaker to make it — along with a conversion by Parker Dausey — 28-6. The Rockets added 16 more before the half.
Entering the third down 44-6, the Cougars were picked off by Hernandez on the first play, and the Rockets capitalized with a 13-yard TD pass to Max Lenaker.
“Everybody got to play, and there was good sportsmanship on both sides,” Ostrenga said. “It was good to see.”
The Cougars earned 14 more, one TD in the third and another in the fourth, but couldn’t overcome their deficit.
“Superior Central did a nice job,” Ostrenga said. “They were blitzing hard and took some things away. Both teams played hard.”
The Rockets finished with 314 yards rushing and went 10 for 23 for 161 yards. Flath notched 26 receptions for 174 yards and one TD, and Hernandez collected 79 yards and one TD on 10 carries. Lundquist caught eight for 36 yards and one TD and also threw for four TDs. Max Lenaker pulled in four for 75 yards, and Ben Lenaker finished with two receptions for 65 yards.
Defensively, Max Lenaker intercepted two, and Flath and Hernandez had one apiece. Dausey had four tackles for losses and two sacks.
“Our defense did quite well,” Ostrenga said. “Wyatt and Damyn Smith, Dausey and Lundquist. I thought our defensive line did a nice job.”
Rapid River hosts Rudyard Thursday at 7 p.m. for the first round of the Eight-Player Regional Divison 2 tournament.