Bomber Football falls to Tigers, Bluejackets blank Knights 8-0

THURSDAY SPORTS: Rush City snapped its 19-game loss streak and extremely delighted its hometown crowd by defeating rival Braham 27-12 in the Aug. 30 season-opener.

Tiger SR Matt Mallinger came up with perhaps the play of the game when he stepped in front of a 4th-down pass at the goal line and picked it off, denying Braham of a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. The running attack of Mallinger, QB Brandon Koehnle and Johnathan Mielke was enough to hold off the Bombers 27-12, snapping the Tigers’ 19-game loss streak which extended back to the 2009 season. Photos by Greg Hunt

Braham led 6-0 late in the first quarter when FR quarterback John Larson ran in a 4-yard touchdown after Shaun Hollenkamp pulled in a 48-yard bomb, spraining his ankle on the play. The Tigers answered with a 12-yard scoring run early in the second quarter, then Zach Dahlman hauled in a 7-yard scoring fade from Larson to put Braham ahead 12-7. RC led 14-12 at the half when they drove and scored on an 8-yard run.

On Braham’s opening possession of  the second half, Larson broke off a long 55-yard sweep for a 1st-and-goal at the 10. But a Johnathan Mielke sack set the Bombers back, then Matt Mallinger picked off a 4th-down pass in the end zone to thwart that scoring attempt.

The Tigers wore down the third quarter with a long drive which ended with Mielke bulling  in from 5 yards out to make it 20-12 just into the fourth quarter. Late in the quarter, it looked like the Tigers added a clinching TD on a great Dalton Folkema catch, but that play was nullified by a lineman downfield.

The Bombers got the ball back at the BR 8 with 3:26 to play. Larson broke off one more long run to near midfield, but that play was called back with an unwise holding penalty way downfield. Trying desperation bombs, Larson was sacked twice, the Tigers took over at the BR 1, and Mallinger punched in the icing-on-the-cake TD with 1:29 as the RC crowd celebrated.

Rush City out-rushed Braham 254 – 68. Larson finished with 204 passing yards on 11 completions  and 66 rushing yards.

SR kicker Josh Rouse delivered two field goals (30 & 37 yards), and punter Jake Johnson downed a punt at the STMA 1 which led to a safety as the Bluejacket special teams starred in the 8-0 opening win at St. Michael Aug. 30.

Cambridge-Isanti Football 8, St. Michael-Albertville 0

In a distinctly defensive battle at the Aug. 30 season-opener, the visiting Bluejackets held off the Knights by allowing just 109 yards total offense. Surprisingly by the score, there was just one turnover in the game (a STMA fumble) and the teams combined for 11 punts.

C-I soccer star Josh Rouse, returning for his second football season, broke up the shutout with a 30-yard field goal just into the second quarter. Late in the third quarter, punter Jake Johnson landed a punt that was downed at the STMA 1-yard line. On the next play, D-tackle Weylin Iglesias broke through for a safety and a 5-0 Bluejacket lead.

The final score came  on a 37-yard Rouse field goal with 3:48 remaining in the game. The Bluejackets totaled 149 yards on offense, with SR feature fullback Chance Laidly accounting for 61 yards on 19 carries. SOPH quarterback John Solberg was 5-for-11 in passing for 46 yards in his varsity debut. JR wideout Matt Kuehn made two leaping catches  for 31 yards. Travis Holt and Kyle Chromy led the defense with 9 tackles each. Johnson averaged 32.7 yards  on his six punts.

Coach Orvik on JR Erica Schmieg: “After losing the first set, she become both more focused and more patient, and she pulled out an excellent three set win against a strong competitor.”

C-I Girls Tennis 5, Princeton 2

The Bluejacket girls tennis raised its season record to 4-0 by taking the Tigers down in a home non-conference match Aug. 30. The Doubles duos of Nikki Hallstrom & Jade Newman (6-1, 6-3), Madi Booth & Ellie Osborne (6-2, 5-7, 6-1) and Beth Hanson & Emily Baker (6-2, 6-1) swept their matches against Princeton. Adding Bluejacket victories were Erica Schmieg at 2nd Singles (3-6, 7-5, 6-2) and Kate Hanson at 4th  Singles (6-2, 7-6 <7-4>).

Forest Lake 3, C-I Volleyball 2

Cambridge-Isanti Volleyball’s 2012 season record was evened at 1-1 when they lost in a very tight five-gamer at Forest Lake Aug. 30: 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 19-25, 22-20.