Football | Rushford-Peterson 29, Chatfield 12 (Saturday)
WINONA — Rushford-Peterson used an effective running game to soundly beat Chatfield 29-12 in a Southern Football Alliance football game Saturday at Winona State University.
Rushford-Peterson took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter never relinquished it against the defending Class AA state champions.
R-P improved to 2-0 in the SFA Blue Division, and Chatfield is 1-1 in the SFA Blue after its 14-game winning streak was snapped.
"We played really good team defense, our offensive line blocked really hard, and we ran the ball well," said R-P head coach Davin Thompson. The Trojans avenged a 24-7 loss to Chatfield last season in week five.
"Chatfield is a really great team," Thompson added. "The ball just bounced our way in this one. I'm proud of our guys."
Two 100-yard rushers powered R-P. Alex Vix had 15 carries for 110 yards and three touchdowns, of 4, 2 and 51 yards. Cole Kingsley rushed for 124 yards on 13 carries including a 48-yard scoring jaunt. R-P quarterback Jonnie Koenen completed 11-of-18 passes for 142 yards.
Chatfield had 196 yards in total offense. Quarterback Ben Pierce was 5-of-10 passing for 86 yards and a long touchdown. The Gophers had 110 yards rushing led by Carter Duxbury with 57 yards on nine carries. The Gophers got their first touchdown on an 84-yard kick-off return by Parker Fossum to open the second half.
Rushford-Peterson 29, Chatfield 12