Southridge airs out win over Rangers

Kaiti Sullivan/The HeraldSouthridge's Garrett Voegerl runs the ball after making a catch during Friday's football game in Huntingburg. Southridge defeated Forest Park 42-7.  For more photos from Friday night's game. please click here.


HUNTINGBURG — It was a bittersweet game for Southridge Friday night.

The Raiders rolled to a 42-7 win over Pocket Athletic Conference foe Forest Park at Raider Field, but starting quarterback Chase Taylor was lost due to injury during the game.

Taylor was sacked by Gavin Knust with just under four minutes left in the first half.

The Raider signal caller landed directly on his shoulder and left the game.

Southridge was in control of the game at the time, leading 21-0.

“You hate to see anyone anyone get hurt on either team, but that is sports sometimes,” Southridge coach Scott Buening said. “That is not a controllable factor for us, but I was proud of the way our kids responded...they may have even picked it up a bit.”

Before the injury, Taylor all but strapped the team on his back.

With a big, physical front seven of Forest Park making its goal to take away the Raiders’ run game early, Taylor burned the Rangers with his right arm.

The Raider signal caller put his team on the board with a 35-yard touchdown toss to Garrett Voegerl with 5:54 left in the opening stanza.

Voegerl out-jumped a Forest Park defensive back at the 12-yard line and raced home for the score.

On Southridge’s next possession, Taylor hooked up with Brad Springer for a 40-yard catch and run.

Taylor and Springer teamed up once again with 9:21 left in the half for a 60-yard score

“It was embarrassing the amount of big plays we gave up again tonight,” Forest Park coach Ross Fuhs said. “We have talked about not allowing the big plays all year as it’s been the theme for the last couple of’s like we did nothing we worked on this whole week. That simply cannot happen.”

The Rangers (1-2, 0-2) did make an impressive defensive stand on Southridge’s first possession.

After Austin Kaeck broke a rush for 41 yards down to the 2, the Rangers defense stiffened up and held the Raiders out of the end zone as they took over on downs at the 3.

“We came out with a lot of fire and energy, but we just just ended up getting burned by the big plays too many times,” the Rangers coach said. 

After Taylor left the game, Springer capped the Raiders next drive with a 1-yard touchdown rush.

The drive started at the Rangers’ 28 after Springer forced a fumble on a sack which was recovered by Leyton Lauderdale.

After leading 28-0 at the half, the Raiders enforced the running clock with a touchdown on their first possession of the second half.

Cole Calvert scored from five yards.

The Raiders’ fullback added a 32-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass from Carson Niehaus, capping the scoring for the hosts.

Calvert finished with a game-high 88 yards on 12 totes.

Despite racking up 168 yards on the ground for the game, it was not easy sledding for the Raiders’ rushing attack early.

“They have some big strong kids and they had a good game plan coming in,” Buening said of the Rangers defense. “A lot of the things we did well last week against Jasper, they took away from us.
They really made life tough for us. But you have to have a willingness to go to your toolbox and the ability to go to another part of your game if a team takes away one part of your game.”

Springer finished with a game-high 100 yards receiving with two scores and rushed for 36 yards and a third score.

“We did not have a good practice yesterday and it carried over to the first part of our game tonight,” Springer stated. “Our run game was not working like it always does, but we let it loose over the top and really just kind of gave it to them with the deep passes and I thought we played much better in the second half.”

Drew Day spoiled the Raiders shutout effort as he bullied his way into the end zone from six yards out in the fourth frame.

Day finished the game with a team-high 46 yards on the ground.

Southridge (3-0, 1-0) outgained the Rangers 373-106 from scrimmage and forced four turnovers.

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