Roessler Rum­bles To Record Night


McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Peck

A de­layed start and wet con­di­tions did not slow McDon­ald County’s Oak­ley Roessler, who car­ried the ball 30 times for 352 yards and five touch­downs in a 38-8 win over East New­ton on Sept. 7. The 352 yards is be­lieved to be a school record. Both Bruce Stan­cell and Jantsen Lynn topped 300 yards, but it is be­lieved they were un­der the 350 mark.

What looked like it was go­ing to be a quick start for the McDon­ald County High School foot­ball team turned into a less than stel­lar first quar­ter be­fore the Mus­tangs righted the ship to take a 38-8 win over East New­ton on Sept. 7 at East New­ton High School.

The start of the game was de­layed for al­most 30 min­utes while teams waited for a tor­ren­tial down­pour to slow to a light rain for most of the first quar­ter. The wet con­di­tions did not slow McDon­ald County’s Oak­ley Roessler, who car­ried the ball 30 times for 352 yards and five touch­downs. The 352 yards is be­lieved to be a school record. Both Bruce Stan­cell and Jantsen Lynn topped 300 yards, but it is be­lieved they were un­der the 350 mark.

“Ob­vi­ously Oak­ley had a great night,” coach Kellen Hoover said. “The line made a ton of space for him. The num­ber of pan­cakes we had was in­cred­i­ble. They have bought into be­ing an ag­gres­sive of­fen­sive line that puts peo­ple on their back. Joe Brown (full­back) was stick­ing his nose in there ev­ery sin­gle play. We asked him to go block a line­backer on the play side and he did it very well. All of those guys block­ing for Oak­ley de­serve a ton of credit. But so does Oak­ley. He did run ex­tremely hard and was not easy to bring down.”

It took McDon­ald County just its sec­ond play on of­fense to get on the score­board. Af­ter forc­ing a Pa­triot punt, the Mus­tangs took over on the East New­ton 47-yard line. Roessler car­ried for four yards on first down be­fore get­ting loose

on his sec­ond carry for a 43-yard touch­down. Dy­lan Al­li­son’s kick was no good, leav­ing McDon­ald County with a 6-0 lead with 9:37 left in the first quar­ter.

But the rest of the quar­ter was all East New­ton.

Two McDon­ald County fum­bles led to a 19-yard touch­down run by Jack­son Schriever on the sec­ond play of the sec­ond quar­ter. Quar­ter­back Brett Pen­der­graft ran the con­ver­sion to give the Pa­tri­ots an 8-6 lead with 11:17 left in the first half.

“That’s on me,” Hoover said of the first quar­ter strug­gles. “One of our spread of­fense plays worked early and so I was like, ‘Yeah, we can run our stuff. It’s not rain­ing right now. The field is just a lit­tle wet so we’re good.’ Sure enough, we fol­low that up with two pos­ses­sions fum­bling the foot­ball. So at that point, we are like, ‘Okay, we need to dig in and use our two 300-pound guys (El­liott Wolfe and Trys­tan Leach) we have on the right side. Let’s just run be­hind them.’”

McDon­ald County an­swered with a 10-play, 77-yard touch­down drive to put the Mus­tangs ahead for good. Al­li­son’s kick put McDon­ald County on top 13-8 with 6:52 left in the half.

Roessler car­ried nine times on the drive, in­clud­ing a nine­yard touch­down.

East New­ton drove to the McDon­ald County 15-yard line, but an il­le­gal pro­ce­dure penalty on fourth and two backed the Pa­tri­ots to fourth and seven, which they failed to con­vert.

Tak­ing over on its own 20-yard line, it took the Mus­tangs just one play to stretch their lead. Roessler went around right end and out­ran the Pa­triot de­fense all the way to the end zone for an 80-yard touch­down to give McDon­ald County a 19-8 half­time lead.

It took the Mus­tangs less than five min­utes into the sec­ond half to nearly dou­ble its lead. McDon­ald County took the sec­ond half kick­off and drove 64 yards in five plays. Roessler car­ried four times in­clud­ing a 32-yard touch­down run with 9:48 left in the third quar­ter to give McDon­ald County a 25-8 lead.

The Pa­tri­ots then fum­bled on their first play at the line of scrim­mage, giv­ing the Mus­tangs the ball on the East New­ton 25-yard line.

Four Roessler car­ries cov­ered the 25 yards capped by a 13-yard touch­down run with 7:45 left in the quar­ter to stretch the lead to 31-8.

McDon­ald County scored the fi­nal points of the game on its next drive. Start­ing on their own 40-yard line, the Mus­tangs marched 60 yards in nine plays. Joe Brown scored from the one to cap the drive with 2:40 left in the quar­ter. Al­li­son’s ex­tra point made the fi­nal score 38-8.

“Our en­tire of­fen­sive line (Tan­ner Harner, Kaiden Camp­bell and Will Gor­don, in ad­di­tion to Wolfe and Leach) played well,” Hoover said. “Ren­don Lane stepped into a big role. A guy who hasn’t worked much at tight end re­ally all year stepped in and did a great job.”

McDon­ald County fin­ished the game with 363 to­tal yards, in­clud­ing 28 rush­ing yards by Brown. Brown also had McDon­ald County’s only pass re­cep­tion, good for two yards.

East New­ton fin­ished with 177 to­tal yards, 176 on the ground led by Schriever, who fin­ished with 70 yards on 14 car­ries.

Brown led the de­fense with eight solo tack­les and two as­sists, while Trent Alik had six solo tack­les and two as­sists.

“Joe Brown also played a great game on de­fense,” Hoover said. “We were ball hawks tonight. We got some turnovers (4) that made a big dif­fer­ence in the game.”

McDon­ald County im­proves to 2-1 for the sea­son. The Mus­tangs next travel to Hol­lis­ter on Sept. 14. Game time is 7 p.m.


McDon­ald County run­ning back, Oak­ley Roessler, cuts off a block by (Reece Cooper) for a big gain dur­ing the Mus­tangs’ 38-8 win over the East New­ton Pa­tri­ots on Sept. 7 at East New­ton High School. Roessler fin­ished the game with 352 rush­ing yards on 30 car­ries and five touch­downs.

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