MCC Wins Homecoming Game Against Sleepy Eye
The MCC Football Team moved to 3-0 on the year with a thrilling 27-22 victory over the Sleepy Eye Indians. It was homecoming for the Rebels and the fans were treated to a beautiful evening to watch high school football.
The Rebels were able to jump out to an early lead in the opening quarter. Thanks to an outstanding opening kickoff coverage play by the Rebels the Indians were pinned inside their own 5 yard line on there opening series, the Rebel defense forced the Indians to attempt a punt after 3 plays. However, on the punt, the snap sailed over the punter’s head for a 2 point safety. The Indians then had to kick the ball off to the Rebels after the safety, which Ethan Swanson was able to return to the endzone for a touchdown. The Extra point gave the Rebels a 9-0 lead with 10 minutes left to go in the quarter. On the ensuing drive by the Indians, they were able to complete a drive and a conversion to make the score 9-8 in favor of the Rebels. After both offenses struggled to move the ball due to stingy defenses, the Rebels were able to strike once more in the first quarter. The score was set up by a 3rd and 15 conversion, where Quarterback Blake Schmitz hit Justin Benda up the seam for a 50 yard completion, that put the Rebels inside the Indians 5 yard line. Ethan Swanson punched in his 2nd score of the game on the next play, giving the Rebels a 15-8 lead.
The 2nd quarter was highlighted by tough defense and sputtering offense as both teams failed to score before halftime. The Indians did threaten to score at the end of second quarter when they entered inside the Rebel 10 yard line. The Rebel defense was able to hold strong and not let the Indians score as time expired.
The 3rd quarter saw the Rebels offense continue to sputter. The Indians were able to take advantage of this and take the lead in the 3rd quarter as they drove the ball down the field mostly on the ground, and score a touchdown and complete a conversion to take a 16-15 lead. The lead would last until the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Rebels were able to take back the lead in the 4th quarter, as Swanson was able to secure his 3rd touchdown of the night on a short run. The score was set up by a poor punt by the Indians that gave the Rebels the ball deep into Indian territory. The Rebels now lead 21-16 midway through the 4th quarter. However the lead would not stand for long as the Indians returned the ensuing kickoff to the Endzone to claim back a 22-21 lead. The Rebels were able to respond to the adversity of trailing late in the game, as they were able to go on an impressive drive to retake the lead. The drive was highlighted by a 9 yard run by Zach Aanenson on third down that kept the drive alive in its early stages. The final highlight of the drive happen at the Indians 19 yard line, as the Rebels faced a 4 and 5 with just over 3 minutes to go in the game. From there Schmitz was able to connect with Swanson over the middle for a 19 yard touchdown pass, giving the Rebels a 27-22 lead. The Rebel defense was able to halt the ensuing Sleepy Eye drive on 4th down, and Aanenson sealed the win for the Rebels with a 4th down conversion that allow the Rebels to run out the clock for a 27-22 win!
Final stats for the night had Aanenson with 96 yards on 27 carries, Schmitz was 3-7 passing for 91 yards and 1 touchdown pass, and Swanson had all 4 touchdowns for the Rebels. Defensively the Rebels were lead in tackles by Teagen Peschges and Noah Boreboom with 18 tackles apiece.
The Rebels will hit the road the next 2 weeks as they travel to New Ulm on Saturday Sept, 23 to take on the Greyhounds of New Ulm Cathedral at 4pm. The following week the Rebels will travel to Dawson Boyd to take on the Blackjacks.