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College Football | RCTC rolls to 74-0 victory

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RCTC's Kramer Berg sees an open reciever during the Yellow Jackets game with Vermillion Saturday afternoon at the Rochester Region Sports Stadium.

Everything clicked for Rochester Community and Technical College on Saturday.

The Yellowjackets rolled to an easy 74-0 victory over Vermilion in their home opener in MCAC football at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium.

RCTC had 556 total yards, 372 on the ground, to just 14 overall yards for undermanned Vermilion. The Ironmen suited up just 33 players for the game while RCTC had more than 90 players dressed.

"You have to give them credit for playing hard because they were undermanned and outgunned," RCTC coach Derrick Hintz said.

Yellowjackets quarterback Kramer Berg was 7-for-13 for 142 yards passing and a pair of touchdown passes to Zach Hoppenworth-Pederson, all in the first half. Running back Zach Brown had a 72-yard TD run and 120 yards rushing, all in the first half, as RCTC built a 57-0 lead at the break.

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"We weren't ranked (in the national poll) so hopefully this game will get us ranked," Berg said.

Berg hit Hoppenworth-Pederson with scoring passes of 54 and 36 yards on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter. Alexander Schliesmann had scoring runs of 24 and 18 yards on back-to-back offensive plays in the opening quarter. RCTC had great field position in the first quarter in building a 20-0 lead. The Yellowjackets then rolled up big chunks of yards while scoring 37 points in the second quarter.

"We played well, I was happy," Berg said. "The offensive line did an amazing job. I didn't get touched."

RCTC's line did not allow a sack for the second straight game. The line also opened big holes for the running backs. RCTC averaged more than 10 yards a carry and backup Curtis Nick had 103 yards on just two carries in the second half, including a 60-yard TD run. RCTC used 10 ball carriers in the game and six players caught at least one pass.

"It's real important for everybody to play in junior-college football," Hintz said. "It shows what kind of depth we have."

"It's always good when everybody gets to play," Berg said. "It's fun; it's like backyard football."

Vermilion (0-2) didn't appear to be having much fun. The Ironmen struggled to stop RCTC or to move the ball. The Yellowjackets had six sacks, two by Red Wing's Tyler Swenson.

Freshman safety Caleb Leichtnam of Grand Meadow also had a stellar opening half. He intercepted three passes and returned one 66 yards for a touchdown.

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"We came out from the start and took it to them right away," Leichtnam said.

"The defense sets the tone for the offense," Leichtnam added. "That's our goal every game, to go out and get a shutout."

The Yellowjackets have allowed just one touchdown in two games, and that came off a run on a fake punt in the opener.

"The goose egg (shutout) was big for the defense," Hintz said.

The Yellowjackets had five interceptions in the game and forced six turnovers to go with the six sacks. Justin Puetz, a Lewiston-Alutra grad, added a 5-yard interception return for a TD in final 1:29 of play.

RCTC (2-0) is on the road next Saturday at Itasca at 1 p.m.

 

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