Southridge dominates to remain undefeated

From Herald staff reports

ROCKPORT — Cole Calvert scored three touchdowns and led all rushers with 99 yards Friday night, as No. 9-ranked Southridge blew past South Spencer 56-12 in a Pocket Athletic Conference game.

The Raiders (5-0, 3-0) put the game away with 28 first-quarter points, then cruised to the lopsided win.

The Raiders maintained their unblemished record behind early rushing scores from Cole Calvert and Austin Kaeck, a pick-six from Aiden Jochem and 75-yard air drop from Carson Niehaus to Camden Gasser.

Calvert opened the scoring with an eight-yard run with 8:05 showing in the first frame. Jaylon Leon added the first of eight PAT kicks for a 7-0 edge.

Jochem then stepped in front of a Kobe Bartlett pass near midfield with 6:19 left and sailed to paydirt for all the points Southridge would need for the win.

Kaeck ignited the crowd with a 54-yard jaunt with 4:22 to go in the quarter for a 21-0 cushion.

Then Niehaus found Gasser for the first of two cross-country passing touchdowns. Gasser snared Niehaus’ aerial and scampered 75 yards to put the game out of reach.

The Rebels showed signs of life to start the second stanza, when Bartlett connected with Jackson Raaf for a 30-yard scoring pass.

But Calvert struck again with back-to-back one-yard scores as the Raiders piled up 42 points by halftime.

Southridge’s final scores came on a 91-yard hookup from Niehaus to Gasser in the third period, and Hunter Eckert had a 12-yard rushing score in the fourth quarter. Bartlett connected with Ashton Tindle for the Rebels’ final touchdown, and converted the subsequent two-point conversion.

Southridge had 536 total yards of offense on 50 plays. Niehaus finished 2 for 5 with 165 yards passing and two touchdowns. Eckert had 76 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, and Kaeck rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown in two totes. Gasser finished with two catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

The Raiders defense forced five turnovers, and held the Rebels to 209 total yards.

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