10/17/2013 11:15:00 AM Rockets fall to Cleveland, 46-20
by Mike Dalton
Two second quarter touchdowns brought the Randolph Rockets back into the game Friday night, but a strong final half by Cleveland led to a 46-20 RHS defeat.
Cleveland opened up a 12-0 lead after a quarter, but a Luke Dubbels touchdown pass to Austin Moorhouse, and a 6-yard run by Dubbels into the end zone, gave the Rockets some life. Cleveland added another score in the opening stanza, and the halftime score was 18-14.
The Rockets added a long touchdown pass from Dubbels to Moorhouse in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
"This was a very frustrating and disappointing game for both coaches and players," coach Chris Stanton said. "We had a really good week of practice and we seemed focused on the game, but we couldn't get any continuity. We started slow, making two crucial turnovers in the first quarter giving Cleveland the ball inside our 15-yd line twice that led to scores.
"Offensively we stopped ourselves with turnovers, penalties, or mental mistakes. Defensively we started the game really well and at half we were down only 18-14, but unfortunately Cleveland controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half. Cleveland also scored on an interception and a kick return for a TD. It's tough to win games when we make that many mistakes and breakdowns on offense, defense, and special teams."
Dubbels completed 10 of 28 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Moorhouse had a big night, catching four passes for 122 yards and two scors. Drake Speith caught two passes for 45 yards, and Sam Feidt had three for 14 yards.
Dubbels also had a good night on the ground, gaining 106 yards and scoring once. Justin Waldvogel gained 81 yards on 13 carries.
Charlie Wille Jr. was all over the field defensively, notching 19 total tackles. Waldvogel had seven, Brady Thesing and Nick Wenstrom six each, and David Speight and Zack Sirinek five apiece.
The Rockets finish up the regular season at Madelia Wednesday night. Game time is 7 p.m. Section playoffs start Tuesday, Oct. 22.