WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- WWG — The Chargers took advantage of three first half scores to put away the Southwest United Wildcats 20-6.
The Chargers out gunned the Wildcats passing for 127 yards and two touchdowns, holding the Wildcats to just 11 yards through the air. But the Wildcats out gained the Chargers on the ground with 213 yards compared to 141 for the Chargers.
The Chargers scored in the first quarter with Dana Madson breaking loose on a 27 yard run for the score. John Elzenga put the ball on the money to Shane Buchman for the two point conversion.
They also scored in the first period when Wildcat quarterback Matthew Soto broke through the secondary racing 41 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the first quarter. The extra point attempt failed so the Chargers took their 2 point lead into the second quarter.
On the Chargers next possession they were forced to punt. But the Chargers defense held the Wildcats forcing another punt. But Soto, the punter, could not snare a high snap and he ended up recovering the ball at his own 27.
With great field position the Chargers used a little trickery with Madson throwing a 27 yard half back option pass to Buchman for the score. The extra point attempt failed but the Chargers upped their lead to 14-6.
Later in the quarter Tristan Joel grabbed one of his two pass interceptions setting the Chargers up at their own 37 yard line. After four or five plays Elzenga fired a pass to
Aaron Hass who took it in for the score from eight yards out. Again the extra point attempt failed but the Chargers upped their lead to 20-6 at the close of the first half.
The Wildcats came out in the second half controlling the ball much of the half. However the Charger defense came up with several key plays preventing the Cats from scoring, and preserving the win for the Chargers.
Passing: Elzenga was 8 of 21 for 100 yards, 1 TD, 1 XP, and 1 int; Madson completed one pass for 27 yards and a TD.
Rushing: Madson had 92 yards on 21 carries and 1 TD; Andy Merrick had 13 carries for 46 yards.
Receiving: Madson had 3 catches for 42 yards; Buchman had 2 catches for 30 yards, 1 TD, and 1 EP; Merrick had 2 catches for 31 yards; Hass had 1 catch for 8 yards and a TD; Levi Bunting had 1 catch for 14 yards.
Punting: Madson had 3 kicks for 110 yards; Walker Christians had 1 for 20 yards.
Kickoff returns: Tyson Berg had 2 for 29 yards.
Defense: Madson had 22 tackles; Logan Weis had 20; Buchman had 13; Bunting had 12 and a fumble recovery; Merrick had 8; Matt Otto had 7and a fumble recovery; Joel had 5 and 2 interceptions.
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