STEWARTVILLE — That's not a fair fight.
At least it's not been a fair fight for anyone that's had to take on the Stewartville football team so far this season.
That was certainly the case Wednesday night in the Tigers' final regular-season game of the year. Cannon Falls can attest to that.
The biggest trouble for teams is Stewartville's offense, and more specifically the combination of star running back Josh Buri and star quarterback Will Tschetter. They pushed the Tigers to scoring outputs of 62 and 61 points in their previous two games.
If any team figured to offer the Tigers a serious challenge it was No. 7-ranked Cannon Falls, which like No. 4 Stewartville entered Wednesday's contest unbeaten and permitting just 10 points per game. The Bombers aren't unbeaten anymore. Instead, they are humbled, having suffered a 45-24 loss to Stewartville in a game that really wasn't as close as that score suggests.
Stewartville led 39-8 at halftime. Josh Buri used those first 24 minutes to make it his own individual showcase, something he's done lots of this season, as his 1,546 rushing yards suggest.
Buri buried the Bombers with five first-half touchdowns, one of them an 80-yard kickoff return, another a 76-yard run. And of his 217 total yards rushing, 156 of them came before intermission.
Just to let Cannon Falls know that he wasn't quite done with them, he began the third quarter with a 61-yard touchdown run. The 6-foot, 215-pound junior, who combines all kinds of power with all kinds of speed, spent the rest of the game on the bench as Stewartville coach Garrett Mueller called off his heaviest hitters early.
"I'm glad he's just a junior," Mueller said with a smile.
Buri likes that, too. But what he really appreciates are those guys who create sizable holes for him to run through.
Buri was asked what he thinks allows him to be as good as he is. He immediately began listing off every one of his offensive linemen.
"Our offensive line does an unbelievable job," Buri said, deflecting praise. "We played so good tonight and all season because we all play as one. We've got great coaches and great leadership on this team."
They've also got 6-feet-7 Tschetter, a basketball star who's likely to go Division I in that sport, but can also nicely fling a football.
The junior entered Wednesday's game with 1,057 yards passing. He added 151 more to that total against Cannon Falls, completing 8 of 12 passes with one touchdown en route. His stats would have been even better had he not had a few balls dropped, including two that would have been TDs. The touchdown throw that he did get was a perfectly lofted 9-yarder to the left corner of the end zone to Nolan Stier.
It put an exclamation mark on the first half for Stewartville, coming with 9 seconds left and giving it that 39-8 lead.
Buri and Tschetter were simply too much for the Bombers. So was this entire Tigers team.
Stewartville 45, Cannon Falls 24
Cannon Falls 8 0 0 16 -- 24
Stewartville 13 26 6 0 -- 45
S -- Josh Buri 76 run (Kate Pedelty kick), 9:12.
CF -- Jack Dommeyer 7 run (Braxton Ulrich run), 6:18.
S -- Buri 80 kick return (kick failed), 6:02.
S -- Buri 4 run (run failed), 4:27.
S -- Buri 35 run (Pedelty kick), 2:47.
S -- Buri 4 run (kick failed), :38.
S -- Nolan Stier 28 pass from Will Tschetter (Pedelty kick), :9.
S -- Buri 61 run (kick failed), 11:01.
CF -- Carson Hammel 55 run (Marcus Banks run), 11:18.
CF -- Marcus Banks 17 pass from Owen Edstrom (Edstrom run), 6:37.
Total net yards#193#423
Cannon Falls — Trenton Matthies 16-120, Jack Dommeyer 8-37, Riley Keenan 2-5, Carson Hammel 6-65, Owen Edstrom 1-8, Riley Miller 3-23, Mason Duden 1-4 . Stewartville — Josh Buri 16-217, Nathan Smidt 11-23, Alex Wood 2-8, Will Tschetter 1-10, Elton Myhre 1-0.
Cannon Falls — Jack Dommeyer 1 completion, 4 attempts, 0 interceptions, 0 touchdowns, for 22 yards; Owen Edstrom 1-3-0-0 17. Stewartville — Tschetter 8-12-0-1 for 151 yards; Eli Klavetter 2-4-0-0 for 14 yards.
Cannon Falls — Kade Holt 1-22, Marcus Banks 1-17. Stewartville — Elton Myhre 1-12, Nolan Stier 2-43, Buri 3-55, Andrew Stieger 2-41, Mile Hettinger 2-14.