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USC declaws the Tigers in 35-7 win

Fall behind early before scoring five unanswered touchdowns

By Chuck Hunt - Editor | Sep 19, 2021

Running back Jackson Spirrizzi, above, has been one of the offensive leaders for the USC Rebels football team throughout their first two games this season.

After falling behind 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the United South Central Rebels football team exploded for 35 points in the final three quarters for a big 35-7 win over the Medford Tigers on Friday night, Sept. 10.

It was a rough start for the Rebels. Their first five possessions of the ball ended with two punts, two turnovers on downs and one fumble.

However, USC’s next three possessions ended with touchdowns.

After forcing Medford to punt after a three and out, the Rebels went 34 yards in three plays for their first score of the game.

The touchdown came on a 20-yard pass play from Nick Bushlack to Jackson Spirrizzi. The pass attempt for the two-point conversion missed, and the Rebels then trailed the Tigers 7-6.

After holding to zero yards in their next possession, the Rebels took over and marched 75 yards for their next TD. It came on a 12-yard pass from Bushlack to Taylor Conley. Again, the try for a two-point conversion failed with a running play.

Rebels led 12-7 at the half.

USC took the opening kickoff of the second half and rumbled 36 yards for their third touchdown. This one came on a 30-yard pass again from Bushlack to Conley. This time Colton Quade took the hand off and ran the ball in for the two-point conversion and the Rebels extended their lead to 20-7.

USC would score again in the third quarter. This one came on an eight-play, 87 yard drive down the field.

The score came with Bushlack taking the ball 56 yards to the end zone himself. He also took the ball in on the two-point try for the conversion.

Now the Rebels led 28-7.

The only scoring in the fourth quarter came from the Rebels when they scored one more touchdown on a four-play, 76 yard drive.

The big play was a 64-yard run by Quade for the TD. Bob Schlinder kicked the extra point and that made the final 35-7.

The Rebels dominated the game, amassing 416 yards of offense to the Tigers’ 47.

USC had 251 rushing yards and 165 passing, while Medford had 75 rushing and a minus 28 passing.

Bushlack was 15 of 22 passing for 165 yards and three touchdowns passing.

Conley caught six passes for 85 yards, Quade had three receptions for 35 yards, Spirrizzi two for 19, Jon Martinez one for 16 and Brendan Drescher three for 10.

Bushlack was also the leading rusher, with 88 yards on six carries. Quade gained 73 yards on six carries, Spirrizzi 61 on 17 totes, Drescher 15 on three carries and Nathaniel Clore one rush for nine yards.

On defense, the Rebels forced the Tigers to punt eight times and turn the ball over on downs once. The USC defense held Medford to just six first downs and sacked the Tigers three times for a total loss of 27 yards.

Next up for the Rebels was a game on Friday, Sept. 17 when they hosted Blooming Prairie. Details on the game will be in the next Faribault County Register.