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Warriors Render Knights' Feudal System Futile, Snap Skid

by Julian Aramendi

October 01, 2018

Southern Cloud took the field last Friday against Lakeside.  The contest began well for the visiting Knights, as Caleb Hake found Jace Schoen for a 42-yard connection on the fourth play from scrimmage.  Two plays later Carter Brown followed two excellent blocks around left end to score the first points of the night.  Carson Bellows broke up the two-point pass to keep the score at 6-0 Knights. 

Kaury Stout fell on an onside kick to give Southern Cloud possession at its 38.  Kaeleb Mock rumbled up the middle for six yards; Bellows drove for one; Mock picked up the first down with a five-yarder behind Jake Comstock and Zach Paillet.  Bellows swept around left end for five yards; however, the same play the other way resulted in a turnover as Blake Gumm fumbled the pitch. 

Stout delivered a Nitschke-esque hit on Hake, forcing a fumble which Lakeside recovered.  A punt two plays later did not cross midfield, giving Southern Cloud the ball at the Lakeside 36.  On third-and-seven Bellows took the pitch left and gained 12.  Runs by Gumm and Bellows set up a third-and-one, which Mock converted with another midline charge.  Two plays later Morgan Coleman found a wide-open Ryan Paillet for a four-yard score and a 6-6 tie. 

The Warriors squandered a three-and-out with an inadvertent roughing of the punter.  On third-and-nine at his 38 Hake hit Wyatt Eberle with a pinpoint 17-yard sideline dart.  Hake converted another third-and-nine with a nine-yarder to Schoen.    Still another third down, this one requiring 17 yards, was converted by a 21-yard strike to Eberle down to the Southern Cloud one.  Eberle punched it in on the next play and a 12-6 Knight lead.

The tides appeared to turn on the ensuing kickoff; Tony Duggin misplayed the football, allowing the Knights to recover at the Southern Cloud 19.  The Warrior defense showed the medieval menaces short shrift; three incompletions and a tackle-for-loss by Stout ended the threat.  A four-yard carry by Mock preceded a 12-yard scramble by Coleman.  Two plays later Gumm chewed up the Lakeside defense with a 40-yard score featuring an adroit cutback.  Coleman hit Ryan Paillet for the 14-12 lead. 

Demonstrating a Jeff Hostetler-esque ability to convert third downs, Hake connected on a 50-yard bomb to Tyler Schoen three plays into the next possession for an 18-14 tally.  Southern Cloud responded with a six-play drive to score; Mock insulted the defense with a pair of seven-yard runs (the former behind a pancake block by center Zach Paillet); Bellows burrowed for eight; Coleman improvised for four more; Bellows broke multiple tackles for a baker's dozen; Gumm  followed Comstock, Mock, and Ryan Paillet for the 20-yard scoring scamper and  a 20-18 Warrior lead, marking the most points Southern Cloud has ever scored against Lakeside in a varsity football contest. 

That fact notwithstanding, Hake demonstrated his third-down prowess once more with a 34-yard completion to Eberle.  One play later Hake smoothly play-faked before hitting Jace Schoen for the eight-yard score and a 24-20 advantage.  Southern Cloud went three-and-out, punting the ball back to the armored antagonists.  Lakeside drove from its 24 to the Warrior 14 in ten plays.  The eleventh ended with a Bellows interception in the end zone.  With under a minute left in the first half Southern Cloud ran a quasi-shuffle pass.  An egregious, fatuous miscall ruled the forward pass a fumble, which Lakeside recovered. 

The Warriors showed no sign of lugubriousness as they tramped onto the field to defend their goal line.  Instead, they rose up to force two incompletions.  Stout then stripped Hake of the pigskin and fell on it to end the half at 24-20 Lakeside. 

Southern Cloud marched to a fourth-and-one at Lakeside's 21 to open the third frame.  A false start and a 14-yard sack of Coleman by Hake gave the feudal foes the football at the midfield stripe.  Hake then led a five-play crusade to claim the promised land of the Warrior end zone, thus making the score 30-20 Lakeside. 

Sensing the urgency of the situation, Bellows evaded no fewer than five putative tacklers on a 35-yarder to Lakeside's 23.  Six more rushes faced Southern Cloud with fourth-and-two at the three.  Mock bulled his way into the end zone behind Evan Custer and Zach Paillet.  He subsequently muscled his way in for the two-pointer, cutting the deficit to 30-28. 

On the ensuing possession yet another third-down Hake pass was caught; this time by Ryan Paillet, who returned the pick 15 yards and drew a Lakeside targeting foul as he went out-of-bounds.  On the ensuing play Bellows cut under a stout Stout block for the 12-yard scoring run, a 34-30 tally, and a lead Southern Cloud would not relinquish. 

The Warriors forced a three-and-out, regaining possession at their 35.  On second-and-nine Bellows gained 14 yards, picking up key blocks by Custer and Nevyn Gold.  Coleman then kept for an 11-yard gain.  Bellows and Gumm gained five and four, respectively.  Bellows took a handoff up the middle for a 10-yard score. 

Lakeside's ensuing possession ended with a Hake incompletion on fourth-down at the Southern Cloud 20.  Four plays later Gumm wended his way through the secondary, picking up a 14-karat block by Gold (and a missed block-in-the-back by somebody else), eventually scoring on a run of 50 yards.

On third-down on the next drive the Knights attempted an act of chicanery; a double pass from Hake to Eberle to a deep running Jace Schoen.  The Knights would have gotten away with their duplicitous scheme, too, if it weren't for a meddlesome Bellows, who shadowed Schoen all the way and intercepted the pass. 

A clock-chewing possession by the Warriors was followed by a Knight four-and-out; three plays later Gumm notched his fourth score of the night with a three-yarder.  Bellows ran the same play in for the conversion.  Lakeside ran eight plays against the Warrior defensive backups before turning the ball over on downs.  Coleman knelt out the clock on a 54-30 Southern Cloud victory. 

Bellows gained a plurality of the team's rushing yardage with 155 on 20 attempts.  Gumm was in hot pursuit with 152 on a dozen totes; Mock rammed his way for 56 on 14 tries; Coleman rounded out the totals with nine carries for 27 yards.  The sophomore signal caller completed one of three passes for four yards.  The lone completion was a scoring connection with Ryan Paillet. 

Tackles and assists were as follows: Bellows (13/5), Coleman (9/3), Stout (7/0), Dusty Mason (6/1), Ryan Paillet (4/5), Tony Duggin (3/1), Zach Paillet (2/1), Gumm (2/1), Comstock (1/2), Mock (1/0), Konnor Sutton (1/0).  Bellows made three tackles-for-loss; Stout notched two (including a sack); Coleman and Gumm each registered one.  Bellows intercepted two passes; Ryan Paillet snagged one.  Stout forced two fumbles, one of which he recovered. 

The 390 yards rushing is the highest ground game output of the Hatfield era (just edging out the 389 piled up against Wilson last season).  It is the highest rushing total since the 2013 contest against Tescott in which Southern Cloud posted an identical sum.  The six points allowed on Friday marked the lowest second half scoring yielded since the 2013 game at Chase.  The victory over the two-win Knights gave the Warriors their first record-based upset since a similarly winless Southern Cloud beat a similarly two-win Chase in 2012.  With 449 yards through five games Bellows has now gained more yards than he picked up in eight games last season. 

Southern Cloud next takes the field in Mankato as they take on the Grizzlies.  

 
 

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