BLAIRSBURG - John Seiser has no idea how many yards CWL Corwith's Preston Jensen ran for here Friday night, but the longtime Northeast Hamilton football coach has got a guess.
"Probably 1,000, that would be my guess," Seiser said, albeit sarcastically. "We knew he was going to get the ball and we brought seven guys up to the line, but we just couldn't stop him."
Seiser may not know the exact yardage, but he can count to seven - the number of touchdowns Jensen scored, as he led the Panthers to a 46-32 victory over the Trojans in Class 8-man District 2 action.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Northeast Hamilton junior Tristin Knudsen (81) hits and drops CWL running back Derek Studer on Friday in Blairsburg. CWL knocked off the Trojans, 46-32.
Jensen rushed for six scores and caught another from quarterback Esden Carroll. The senior also took in four 2-point conversion runs, giving him 44 total points.
Seiser admitted Jensen was a quality running back, but the Trojans (1-4, 0-3) - losers of four straight contests - didn't do themselves any favors with shoddy tackling.
"We didn't tackle very well and it keeps coming back to that," Seiser said. "We knew (Jensen) was good, and he was even better than what we thought before the game, but if we don't learn how to tackle real soon things aren't going to change."
CWL8 24 6 8-46
Northeast Hamilton8 8 8 8-32
NEH - Tyler Smith 3 run (Smith run), 3:19.
CWL - Preston Jensen 5 run (Jensen run), 0:06.
NEH - T. Smith 10 run (T. Smith pass from Logan Seiser), 10:26.
CWL - Jensen 3 run (Jensen run), 4:15.
CWL - Jensen 46 run (Jensen run), 3:47.
CWL - Jensen 18 run (Randy Cram pass from Esden Carroll), 1:48.
NEH - T. Smith 1 run (T. Smith pass from Seiser), 9:26.
CWL - Jensen 28 pass from Carroll (run failed), 6:48.
NEH - T. Smith 5 run (T. Smith run), 7:43.
CWL - Jensen 28 run (Jensen run), 5:21.
Rushing - NEH: Tyler Smith 40-217, Gabe Rapp 7-66, Logan Seiser 1-2, Andy Pate 1-1.
Passing - NEH: Seiser 3-7-1 35, T. Smith 2-4-0 18.
Receiving - NEH: T. Smith 4-37, Rapp 1-16.
Tackles - NEH: Austin Smith 10.5, T. Smith 10, Seiser 6.5, Mark Frohwein 6.5, Rapp 6.5, Noah Ronnfeldt 4.5, Tristin Knudsen 3.5.
NEH junior running back Tyler Smith did his best to match Jensen's efforts with 217 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He lugged the ball 40 times, completed 2 of 4 passes for 18 yards, and even caught three passes from quarterback Logan Seiser that covered 37 yards.
"Tyler had a good game running, and he threw the ball well too from the running back position," John Seiser said. "We made big improvements on the offensive side of the ball and with Logan back at quarterback we were able to stretch the field a little bit."
Fullback Gabe Rapp chewed up 66 yards on the ground, as NEH totaled 339 yards of offense - 286 on the ground.
The marquee backs split first-quarter touchdowns. Smith plunged in from 3 yards out, followed by Jensen's first breakthrough from 5.
Smith put NEH back in front, 16-8, early in the second quarter on a 10-yard breakout, but then Jensen took over, scoring three consecutive touchdowns on runs of 3, 46 and 18 yards to give the Panthers (3-3, 2-1) a 32-16 halftime advantage.
Smith pulled NEH to within one score on two occasions in the second half, only to have Jensen answer the challenge. Smith's 5-yard touchdown jaunt with 7:43 remaining in the game trimmed the Trojans' deficit to 38-32, but just 2 1/2 minutes later Jensen reeled off a 28-yard sprint to the house to put the game out of reach.
Austin Smith made seven solo tackles and finished with 10 1/2 total stops to lead the Trojan defense. Tyler Smith was in on 14 total collisions, including six solo tackles. Logan Seiser had five and Mark Frohwein finished with four.
NEH will face another daunting task on Friday when it travels to Buffalo Center to take on once-beaten North Iowa (4-1, 2-1). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.