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Slow start, but fast finish

RCTC trailed once,

but still wins by 43

By Guy N. Limbeck

glimbeck@postbulletin.com

CHATFIELD — Talk about an early wake-up call.

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The Rochester Community and Technical College football team might have beaten Minnesota State-Fergus Falls 50-7 on Saturday, but the Yellowjackets got a quick dose of reality.

On the first play of scrimmage, Bryan Trulen threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Garin Gardner against the ninth-ranked junior college team in the nation.

"I think we came out kind of flat," RCTC linebacker Trevor Glomski said. "We didn’t play up to our potential. We have to build up for the next game."

The Yellowjackets quickly settled down against Fergus Falls, especially on defense. RCTC scored the final 50 points, although the contest wasn’t as easy as the score might indicate.

"It wasn’t that lopsided," RCTC coach Brad LaPlante said. "The first 12 to 18 minutes didn’t feel like it."

RCTC didn’t take the lead until Isaac Odim scored on a 15-yard run with 13:38 left in the second quarter. It was the first of three touchdowns for Odim. He also had a 74-yard kickoff return to start the second half, which led to a touchdown.

"They’re pretty tough," RCTC defensive lineman Tyler Grapp aid.

Odim rushed for 241 yards on 26 carries. The Yellowjackets had 496 total yards, 351 on the ground.

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RCTC also forced four turnovers. Glomski, Clayton Davis and Dwayne Francis all had interceptions and Travis Steele recovered a fumble.

"We look for turnovers," Glomski said. "Each game we try to get three or more."

The victory moves the Yellowjackets to 8-0 and sets up a showdown against Central Lakes this Saturday with the Southern Division championship on the line. The winner of that game will host a first-round state playoff game.

"They’re going to be a good team and they’re aggressive," Odim said of Central Lakes. "It’s going to be a tough game when we go to Brainerd."

RCTC’s home finale against Fergus Falls was played at Chatfield High School. If the Yellowjackets host a first-round playoff game, that contest would also likely be played in

Chatfield.

Game story, summary, D4

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