Raider rushing attack overpowers Vikings

By JONATHAN SAXON
jsaxon@dcherald.com

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POSEYVILLE — They say that when it rains it pours, and as southern Indiana was flooded with showers and lightning, so too was North Posey as the Southridge Raiders traveled to Poseyville on Friday evening and pillaged the Vikings to the tune of 69-3 using nothing more than old-school, smash-mouth football to deliver a statement win.

Southridge coach Scott Buening said the weather forecast prompted him and the Raiders' coaching staff to put extra emphasis in establishing their rushing attack against North Posey (1-3, 1-2). Couple that with a clamp-down defensive effort that kept the Vikings playmakers from “hitting a homerun,” and Southridge (3-1, 2-0) was able to play a dominant four quarters of football as the Raiders earned their third victory of the season.

“North Posey is a dangerous football team,” Buening said. “I was really happy with our guys. We came out and got the ground game established. I thought offensively and defensively we executed our game plan very well. A lot of credit goes to our kids for what they did and how they played.”

North Posey was the first team out on the field on offense, but it was Southridge’s defense that quickly set the tone. The line fired off the ball and put immediate pressure on the Vikings’ backfield. Senior quarterback Jarrett Motz was able to complete a pass to senior wide reciever Dalton Cox for three yards, but that was all the positive yardage North Posey gained on its three-and-out opening drive.

In what came to be a theme for the night, once Southridge got the ball on the offensive end, it didn’t take long for the Raiders to come out, line up, and impose their game plan to its greatest effect. After receiving the ball on North Posey’s 33 yard line, it only took four rushes from junior running back Cole Calvert to cover the 33 yards necessary to get the first touchdown for the Raiders. After a six-yard trot to cross the goal line, Southridge was up 7-0 after about three minutes of play to start the game.

After a second series for North Posey got bogged down by penalties and incompletions, Southridge started its second drive with an 11-yard carry from sophomore quarterback Colson Montgomery. Calvert again plugged away at the Vikings to keep the chains moving, and on second-and-6 from North Posey’s 47 yard line, Montgomery was able to find a hole and rip off a qukarterback keeper for 32 yards. Calvert used two caries to take it the remaining 15 yards and put the Raiders up 14-0.

North Posey’s struggles on offense continued to hamper the Vkiings. They were able to get a bit of momentum going after converting a third and 1 with a short rush from Cox, but things quickly sputtered after that. A series of short rushes and an incomplete pass had the Vikings looking at fourth and 5, which they were unable to convert after a handoff to Cox gained no yards.

With the turnover on downs, it took just four plays for Southridge to gain a commanding 21-0 lead. This time, the Raiders added senior running back Seth Nunamaker into the ground game mix as he got his first touch of the night on fourth and 1 to keep the drive alive. Montgomery finished the drive with a 28-yard dash to give the Raiders their third touchdown of the opening quarter.

After another three-and-out for North Posey, the Huntingburg machine just kept churing. Once again utilizing the three-headed rushing attack of Calvert, Montgomery and Nunamaker, the Raiders chewed up field in an effort to maintain their grip on the game. This timę it was Nunamaker who capped off the campaign with a 43-yard touchdown carry that put Southridge up 28-0 with 9:41 remaining in the second quarter.

North Posey was not able to score a touchdown in the first half thanks to the white-and-black wall which covered the field. Every time there was a snap, there was a push by the Raiders' defense, which regularly had linemen in the backfield disrupting the offense and dropping ball carriers for negative yards. This included a busted screen pass play which was read by senior linebacker Logan Seger, who intercepted the pass and stumbled on the field before he could get his feet for a pick-6

“I took my reads and went to the flat. I kind of saw a back leak out and jumped the route,” he said.

Meanwhile, Southridge was able to find the endzone two more times before intermission: a one-yard carry from sophomore tight end Chase Taylor after the interception, and a 29-yard touchdown run from Montgomery on Southridge’s sixth possession.

The Vikings were able to finally get on the scoreboard before half thanks to an 11-play drive that ended in a field goal from junior kicker Tanner Tichenor. But that was it for any positives coming from the North Posey offense, and Southridge led 42-3 at halftime.

Southridge scored four more times, all on the ground, before the game clock expired. Nunamaker had himself a four-yard and 16-yard score on back-to-back third-quarter drives. Junior running back Jude Songer had a 10-yard TD trot to close a drive at the top of the fourth period, and sophomore running back Parker Kippenbrock had a 70-yard romp to cap the scoring for the Raiders.

Southridge racked up 542 yards of total offense, all of it gained on the ground. The Raiders scored on 10 of their 11 possessions during the game. On defense, they held the Vikings to 81 total yards and forced three turnovers.

Calvert led the team with 151 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Montgomery had 117 and two scores on seven carries. Nunamaker had 99 yards and three touchdowns on eight totes, and Kippenbrock had 98 yards and a score on eight touches. Songer and Taylor each also had a rushing touchdown.

“The [offensive] line gets all the credit for that,” Calvert said. “They blocked perfectly all game. They were driving everyone back and getting to the second level. They did a great job.”

“I was real happy with our effort,” Montgomery added. “Our coach knew we had a mission, and if we come out and play our game, we’d be perfectly fine. I put all the props on our linemen and D-Line tonight.”

For Buening, this was much more than a satisfying season win. It was a statement of what total team football looks like, especially when it comes to defending a team that has the weapons to explode at any time from anywhere on the field.

“Our guys did a good job of being disciplined, trusting their keys and following their reads,” he said. “I give a lot of credit to the defensive line. We put a lot on their plate and really needed them to do a great job. We really needed our defensive line to win some one-on-one battles up front. They did a great job tonight of doing that.”

The Raiders will face South Spencer next Friday, and while they will take a few days to enjoy this one, it will be back to the chalkboard for the players and coaches come Monday.

“We got a lot of growing to do,” Buening said. “A lot of guys have gotten opportunities early on for a variety of different reasons. Those guys are starting to get some confidence in what they’re doing. We’ve got to continue to work on our practice habits and being consistent.”




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