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Football: Spring Grove too much for Randolph

Randolph quarterback Andrew Wenstrom stiff-arms Spring Grove's Nic Peterson during the Rockets' 53-7 loss to the Lions on Friday. Kyle Stevens / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Randolph's Joey Erickson returns a kickoff during the Rockets' 53-7 loss to Spring Grove on Friday. Kyle Stevens / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

RANDOLPH — Randolph's 3-0 start was put to the test on Friday, but the Rockets knew what was coming since the season started. Second-ranked Spring Grove is hoping to make a run at the 9-Man state title this year, and that included a stop in Randolph for Week 4.

At halftime, things looked bleak for the Rockets, but Alex Folz eliminated any chance of a comeback with a touchdown pass and an interception return for a touchdown less than a minute-and-a-half out of the locker room to lead the Lions to a 53-7 victory.

"I thought we moved the ball well in the first half, we just couldn't finish drives," said Randolph head coach Mike Schmidt. "We have to give Spring Grove a lot of credit though. They're strong up front, have playmakers all over the field, and are well coached. Our goals for the season don't change though. We'll continue working to get better each week."

Andrew Wenstrom was held in check by Spring Grove, finishing with 75 yards on 20 carries and 174 yards and an interception on 10 of 22 passing. Joey Erickson was Wenstrom's main target, with six catches for 125 yards. Mike McNamara had 27 yards on five rushes, and the Rockets' lone touchdown.

Randolph (3-1) will look to get back on track in Week 5, but will face another stiff test at home when third-ranked Houston comes to town.

Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at kstevens@republican-eagle.com, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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