Schmidt, Quarriers strike fast on Belle Fourche
November 05. 2013 1:48PM
The Belle Fourche Broncs were their own worst enemy at times on Monday night, but the rest of the time Riley Schmidt filled that role.
The Dell Rapids junior ran for 233 yards on just 11 carries, scoring three touchdowns in a 42-6 Quarriers victory over Belle Fourche in the quarterfinals of the Class 11A playoffs.
Dell Rapids (8-2), which will now face No. 1 undefeated Madison for the opportunity to advance to the DakotaDome for the fifth time in six years, wasted very little time in taking control against Belle Fourche (5-5).
The Broncs, who traveled more than 400 miles to play this game, trailed 13-0 after just two minutes and three seconds had elapsed.
“We knew we had to come out ready to play for this one,” said Schmidt, who has run for a total of 377 yards in the Quarriers’ two playoff games. “They didn’t want to drive six hours for nothing. They were going to come out hard and we knew we had to match that.”
The Quarriers did more than match it. Schmidt took the game’s second play from scrimmage 75 yards for a touchdown to give Dell Rapids a 7-0 lead in the game’s opening minute.
The Quarriers then recovered the ensuing kickoff and Jacob Huewe scored from 3 yards out three plays later. With 9:57 to play in the first quarter, Dell Rapids led 13-0.
The Broncs showed occasional signs of life thereafter, but it was all buried under a pile of turnovers.
Belle Fourche had seven in all, with six coming on interceptions. Broncs quarterback Breck Young, a sophomore getting his second start, had plenty of success against the Quarrier defense, completing 14 of 26 for 249 yards, but when he missed his mark, it often went into the hands of a Dell Rapids defender.
“We felt like if we forced them to throw the ball, we’d be all right,” Dell Rapids coach Steve Hansen said. “The second half our defensive backs started to find the ball a little bit. I felt like that quarterback did a great job the first half, but the second half our secondary did a nice job.”
The Broncs had to throw because they trailed 28-6 at half.
They were down by that many because of Schmidt, who added a 50-yard TD run late in the second quarter opened by an offensive line that created lanes around the ends for Quarrier ballcarriers.
“We found a couple plays that were working and we kept executing them,” said Andy Scherff, a senior offensive lineman who figured prominently in Dell Rapids’ big plays. “Riley follows the blocks. He trusts us, we trust him.”
The Quarriers, who also got first-half touchdowns from Jase Nelson, gave up the Broncs’ lone touchdown on a 70-yard pass from Young to Nathan Lange with 2:28 to play in the half. Belle Fourche continued to move the ball in the second half but also continued to give it up.
“We were going to have to make them snap the ball again and again and again – we had to make them earn it,” Belle Fourche coach Adam Nowowiejski said. “But the big problem was that we made way too many mistakes. Way too many interceptions and fumbles. We couldn’t run the ball and that came from us missing blocks.
A team like Dell Rapids is seasoned – they’re used to being in this situation. You can’t have mistakes like we had.”
Tanner Solberg found Schmidt from 28 yards out to make it 35-6 and Kahler Berven went in from 16 for another score for the Quarriers, who will likely find the yards tougher to come by on Saturday against the Bulldogs.
Madison defeated Dell Rapids 39-12 in September and have been destroying all in their path since then.
“We played them the first game of the year and our kids are excited about playing them again,” Hansen said. “Maybe we can give them a little better game. We’ll see what happens.”
|Elisha Page / Argus Leader
Dell Rapids junior RB Riley Schmidt takes the ball for a 75-yard TD run against Belle Fourche during Monday's Class 11A playoff game in Dell Rapids.