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St. Clair/Loyola thwarts USC comeback

Rebels rally in second half, but Spartans hold on for the victory

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Sep 12, 2021

Colten Quade, left, celebrates after hauling in a touchdown pass late in the first quarter. The Rebels fell behind early and were unable to overtake the Spartans before play ended.

The United South Central Rebel football team found themselves behind 25-6 at the half time of their game against St. Clair/Loyola on Friday evening, Sept. 3.

The Rebels had a strong showing in the third quarter, scoring 14 points, and making the game close at 25 to 20.

However, USC could not muster any points in the fourth quarter, while St. Clair/Loyola scored a late touchdown, making the final score 31-20 in favor of the Spartans.

St. Clair/Loyola scored twice in the first quarter. Their first touchdown came on a 44-yard pass play, while the second came on a 66-yard pass play.

USC got on the scoreboard in the first quarter on a 26-yard pass completion from Nick Bushlack to Colten Quade. The extra point attempt failed.

The score came after a seven play, 66-yard drive that ended with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter.

The Spartans scored twice in the second quarter, the first touchdown on an 11-yard run and the second one on a 14-yard pass play.

USC scored twice in the third quarter while holding the Cyclones scoreless in the quarter.

The first Rebel TD came on the opening kickoff of the second half when Jackson Spirrizzi fielded the kickoff at the 10-yard line and returned it 90 yards for the touchdown.

The second touchdown was on an 11-yard pass play from Bushlack to Spirrizzi. Bushlack also handed the ball off to Spirrizzi for the two-point conversion attempt which was good.

The score was set up when the Rebels blocked a punt by the Spartans at their own 11-yard line and the Rebels recovered the ball at the 1-yard line.

After a couple of offensive penalties, USC took the ball in from the 11.

The final scoring of the game came in the fourth quarter on a 29-yard Spartan pass play.

The Rebels had 51 total plays to the Spartans’ 55, 198 yards of offense to their 306, and 10 first downs to their 15.

Bushlack was 7 of 22 passing for 99 yards for the Rebels, with one touchdown and three interceptions. Spirrizzi had 40 yards on one catch, Quade 35 on three catches, Luke Pederson had 13 yards and Brendan Drescher 11 receiving.

Spirrizzi had 76 yards rushing on 17 carries, Quade had 24 on six totes and Bushlack had -1 yards on eight attempts, for a total of 99 yards.

The Spartans were 8 of 16 for 189 yards passing and had 136 yards rushing on 40 attempts.

Next up for the Rebels was a trip to Medford on Friday, Sept. 10. Details on that game will be in the next edition of the Faribault County Register. On Friday night, Sept. 17 they will be hosting Blooming Prairie.