Parkston ground game buries ’Cats
Published: Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Going into Monday night’s Class B quarterfinal matchup against the Parkston Trojans, it was no secret what the Trojans wanted to do on offense: line up with three backs in the backfield, hand it off and tell Custer, “Here it comes. Try to stop it.”
That’s exactly what the Trojans did. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they couldn’t stop it.
The Trojans ground out 348 rushing yards during the course of the game to wear down the Wildcats 34-6, sending the ’Cats home with a lopsided quarterfinal loss for the second year in a row.
“We knew going into this game if we were going to hang with these guys, we had to score and get a couple on the board before they got rolling,”âï¿½ï¿½Custer head coach Russ Bailey said. “Pretty soon, their physical size and strength overcame us.”
The Trojans controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, holding Custer to 22 yards rushing on 26 carries in the game. The Wildcats did have success moving the ball early in the game, but turned the ball over twice—once on a fumble and once on an interception—on its first two drives, two of several turnovers in the game.
“They made plays. We had to get on the board early or their will was going to be exerted on us,”âï¿½ï¿½Bailey said.âï¿½ï¿½“It’s nobody’s fault. They made plays.”
Parkston took advantage of Custer’s first fumble, scoring on a 46-yard run by Miles Semmler on a play that it appeared Custer had stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
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