Posted 10/13/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Divide County Maroons’ touchdown drive on their opening possession was the lone bright spot of Friday evening’s contest at Cal Andrist Field, a 40-8 loss to the older and more-experienced Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.
Quarterback Aidan Eriksmoen lined up behind center and marched Divide County (5-3, 5-2 Region 6) 66 yards down the field for its lone points.
The conclusion of that seven-play drive came at the hands and feet of running back Taylor Landsverk. The sophomore ran in a 15-yard score to tie the game up, 6-6, and an Eriksmoen two-point conversion gave DC the lead with 5:48 to play in the first quarter. However, that bright spot was short-lived.
“We got off to a good start and had a chance to make things interesting in the first half,” Divide County offensive coach Bob Brown said, “but we shot ourselves in the foot with some untimely turnovers.”
The Mavericks (7-1, 7-0) lived up to their hype and went on to score 34 unanswered points for the victory and Region 6 title.
MLS finished the game with 521 yards of total offense, with 452 yards on the ground and 69 yards in the air. Talon Thompson ran for 280 yards on 24 attempts and four touchdowns, while Zavure Frech rushed for 95 yards of his own.
“We got pushed around quite a bit by a bigger, stronger team last night,” Divide County defensive coach Nate Nelson said. “They were more physical than us. That being said, our guys played hard to the very end in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates. Our younger guys need to get bigger and stronger.”
Eriksmoen hit three different receivers to complete eight of 19 pass attempts on the day. His 32-yard strike to Landsverk late in the first quarter proved his longest of the day and added to his career-high 104 yards passing. Landsverk led DC’s receivers with 68 yards on four catches.
Eriksmoen rushed 15 times in the game, leading Divide County with 65 yards.
The Maroons earned a No. 2 seed in Region 6, and their 14th straight playoff appearance begins with a game Oct. 24 at Cal Andrist Field.
“Two weeks is a long time to wait,” Brown said, “but it will be nice to work on some much-needed fundamentals and get some extra time to install a game plan.”
Divide County will play the winner of Saturday’s Drake-Anamoose/Mott-Regent opening-round game.
“We have played Drake-Anamoose the past two seasons, and we are familiar with what they run,” Nelson said. “We have played Mott-Regent several times since 2004, and they have the same coaching staff, so we are familiar with what they like to run for schemes as well.”