Rex Putnam football rolls past La Salle 42-14
The conditions were perfect for the La Salle football team's Friday, Oct. 15, game with Putnam.
There were clear skies with the sunset on the horizon and the bright lights of the Falcons' stadium shining down.
But the Kingsmen were in no mood to be polite guests. Putnam raced out to a three-touchdown lead at halftime and used its fast start to beat La Salle 42-14 at La Salle High School.
"It felt really good to dominate this game," said Putnam quarterback Konnor Bickford, who threw three touchdown passes in the win. "I have to give this game to my running backs, receivers and the line. They did everything."
"We wanted to establish the run and I think we effectively did that, and later, that allowed us to get some passes over the top that resulted in some big plays," said Putnam coach Tim Jacobs.
With the win — the Kingsmen's second in three games — Putnam improved to 2-3 in Special District 1 and 3-4 overall. La Salle, meanwhile, lost for the seventh straight time and fell to 0-5 in SD1 play and 0-7 overall.
"It's obviously disappointing," said La Salle quarterback Nathaniel Dominitz. "There's a lot we can learn from this. I think we did some good things, but there's a lot we need to improve on. You have to learn from the loss and move to the next game."
"I am proud of my kids, they played really well," added La Salle's first-year head coach Dustin Janz. "We've struggled through a lot of adversity this year."
Putnam took control early, getting a quick stop by its defense and then taking a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Myles Barton halfway through the first quarter. After the Falcons' next possession was derailed by an intentional grounding call on Dominitz, Barton used his feet and found the end zone again, this time from 17 yards out for a 14-0 Putnam lead at the end of the quarter.
The Kingsmen added to their lead in the second quarter when Bickford hit Tyler Creswick on a slant pass and Creswick turned it into a 51-yard TD that expanded Putnam's lead to 21-0.
This time, however, La Salle had an answer, with Dominitz throwing to Mason Mueller for a 16-yard score that cut the Kingsmen lead to 21-7.
Putnam responded in kind, however, with Bickford connecting with Creswick again, this time for a 40-yard touchdown that boosted their team's edge to 28-7. La Salle desperately attempted a long ball at the end of the period, but Putnam's Jackson Brown secured the interception to close out the half.
After a third-quarter fumble from Falcons running back Zach Frazier, Putnam went to its ground game again, using Barton to punch it in from 16 yards out. A few minutes later, Bickford found Jason Crowe wide open for a 35-yard touchdown that expanded the Putnam lead to 42-7.
Frazier found the end zone in the fourth quarter from 10 yards out, but that was all the Falcons could muster in the 42-14 loss.
"We have to keep on working on offense and defense, getting after it at practice," Frazier said. "With a first-year coach, it's going to be a rebuilding year. It's tough, but you must persevere through it."
"When I started this program, we had 22 athletes. Now we are over 40," Janz said. "We played over two dozen freshman and sophomores tonight and they did a great job. We're developing something special (but) it's just going to take the time to get it done."
For their part, the Kingsmen were thrilled with their performance.
"It feels good to get some revenge from last spring," Barton said. "It's encouraging to see your teammates step up and then you can make a great play because of it."
"This win feels great," Jacobs stated. "This was a date we were definitely looking forward to. (La Salle) is a well-coached team. They do really good things on both sides of the ball and we came out and executed really well and got us the win."
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