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Spartans overpower Amery

Somerset’s Max Praschak (29) leads the way down field for Logan Peterson (21) during a football game against Amery on Oct. 3, in Somerset. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

Despite a cold, windy and downright nasty night for football, the Somerset Spartans stayed perfect on the season with a 49-12 victory over the visiting Amery Warriors during Homecoming week on Friday, Oct. 3.

“We were able to play a lot of kids during this game, which was nice especially since it was Homecoming,” said Somerset coach Bruce Larson. “And our level of play stayed high even while we were getting different kids playing time who haven’t played much this year. We had a total of 11 kids carry the ball and 12 different players get involved in the offense, either through the air or on the ground.”

The win on Friday also locked up a share of the conference championship for Somerset.

Over the first six weeks of the season, Somerset saw strong competition every week, including two undefeated teams and two oneloss teams that made the Spartans work hard to remain unscathed. But the back end of the Spartans’ schedule sees them playing two opponents who have yet to win a conference game.

“We’ve played a lot of big games already this year, with our schedule being very front loaded,” Larson said. “Amery is down right now, but they came out and played hard against us.”

In Friday’s game, the Spartans didn’t have a rusher who ran for over 100 yards, but Somerset was still able to jump out to a 27-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and led by 42 at halftime.

“We were able to hit on a lot of good things and give a lot of different people the chance to touch the ball and get some reps in,” Larson said.

The first half saw Somerset score on a 21-yard run, a 51yard fumble recovery and a 37-yard pass. On the night, the Spartans picked up 408 yards, which equals 8.5 yards per play.

“It was a good night overall for us,” Larson said. “The defense played well and allowed Amery just 130 total yards — 64 rushing and 66 passing — and they were able to get a couple turnovers as well. And we didn’t turn the ball over on offense, which is another nice thing to see.”

One of the many players to get in on the action Friday night was senior Billy Kieckhoefer, who scored the Spartans third touchdown on a 37-yard touchdown reception.

Even though the Spartans’ next two opponents aren’t as tough as what the team faced earlier in the season, Larson wants his team to stay focused and continue to improve so they are ready for the playoffs.

“We don’t want to go backward or hurt ourselves; this is not the time to let up,” Larson said. “We still have a lot of things we have to get better at, clean up and work on going forward. We need to stay sharp for the playoffs and keep improving so we are up for whatever we might face in the playoffs.”

The Spartans’ home game against Baldwin-Woodville on Oct. 10 is not only the final regular season home game of the year, but it is also Seniors and Parents Night.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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