Posted 9/22/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Divide County offense raced its way to 321 yards and six rushing scores as the Maroons came away with a 44-8 road win at New Town on Friday night.
Running back Aidan Eriksmoen was just shy of his fourth straight 100-yard game, with 98 yards and four touchdowns; Taylor Landsverk rushed for 82 yards; and Noah Lorentz and Tyler Deering each had a rushing score.
“We got off to a good start by forcing some turnovers and turned them into early points,” Divide County offensive coach Bob Brown said. “We executed pretty well offensively, especially with the veer and quick pitch. The interior of our line, Ryder Beauclair, Tyler Harward and Keaton Oien, did a nice job of picking up the blitz and creating some seams for our backs. They also did a great job of blocking the perimeter on pulls.”
Maroon defenders who recorded takeaways include Lorentz (forced fumble), Deering (interception), Riley Lund (two fumble recoveries), Troy Knudson (fumble recovery) and Colton Molloy (interception).
“Our kids played hard the whole game and really tackled well on a big power back,” Divide County defensive coach Nate Nelson said. “The effort was great.”
The Maroons will celebrate homecoming Friday, as Ray will travel to Crosby for a 7 p.m. contest.
“We are really in the interesting part of the season with teams fighting for playoff position,” Brown said. “This week’s game against Ray is a huge game for both teams. The loser might be on the outside looking in. We need to have a great week of preparation and strive to get better.”
“Big, big, big one this week when Ray comes to town for homecoming,” Nelson said. “We have not played our longtime rivals since 2001, and we are excited to mix it up with them once again. We hope to have a great home crowd as usual supporting our team.”
Divide County 44, New Town 8
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Divide County 22 8 14 0
New Town 0 0 0 8
DC -- Aidan Eriksmoen 3 run (conversion good).
DC -- Eriksmoen 16 run (conversion failed).
DC -- Noah Lorentz 14 run (conversion good).
DC -- Eriksmoen 28 run (conversion good).
DC -- Tyler Deering 2 run (conversion good).
DC -- Eriksmoen 25 run (conversion failed).
NT -- Joe Don McKenzie 32 run (conversion good).
Divide County -- Taylor Landsverk 12-86, Aidan Eriksmoen 7-98, Noah Lorentz 5-44, Dylan Rose 3-28, Tyler Deering 2-37, Alex Bailey 1-3, Troy Knudson 1-(minus 5).
New Town -- Joe Don McKenzie 17-101, Jayden White Owl 3-32, Payton White Owl 1-10.
Divide County -- Aidan Eriksmoen 2-4-0-30.
Divide County -- Taylor Landsverk 2-30.
Troy Knudson -- 4 assists, 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery.
Colton Molloy -- 1 assist, 1 batted ball, 1 Interception.
Alex Bailey -- 1 assist.
Noah Lorentz -- 2 assists, 9 tackles, 1 forced fumble.
Taylor Landsverk -- 3 tackles.
Dylan Rose -- 1 tackle.
Riley Lund -- 3 tackles for loss, 1 batted ball, 2 fumble recoveries.
Joran Oien -- 1 tackle.
Rhys Johnson -- 1 assist, 1 tackle.
Tyler Deering -- 3 assists, 7 tackles, 1 interception.
Aidan Eriksmoen -- 3 assists, 2 tackles.
Rider Jacobson -- 1 assist.
Keaton Oien -- 2 tackles.
Ryder Beauclair -- 1 assist, 3 tackles.
Region 6 Standings
W L PF PA
MLS 4 0 226 38
Kenmare 3 1 162 61
Tioga 3 1 142 74
Divide County 3 1 128 80
Ray 2 2 145 142
Trenton 1 3 98 188
Parshall 0 4 60 187
New Town 0 4 32 223
Last week’s games
Kenmare 52, Parshall 6
MLS 54, Trenton 6
Tioga 28, Ray 12
This week’s games
Ray at Divide County
New Town at Kenmare
Tioga at MLS
Parshall at Trenton
Junior high falls short at Trenton, 6-0
The Divide County junior high team came up just short on Monday last week at Trenton, 6-0.
The lone score was a 22-yard touchdown pass by the Tigers with 16 seconds left in the contest.
“We still are struggling on offense,” coach Monte Ellingson said. “We need to get our heads clear on playing a clean game and not taking penalties. Our blocking must also improve so we can establish a running game.”
Ellingson said the DC offense came up empty in a couple of drives into the red zone and also lost several big plays to penalties.
The junior high played this Monday at Grenora and will next visit Kenmare on Thursday and host Ray next Monday, both at 5 p.m.