Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

September 26, 2013

Saints march by Moravia

By Mike Helle Journal-Express
The Journal Express

---- — Jacob Hoch and Chase Wetterling each had a monster game last Friday night as Melcher-Dallas crushed Moravia 62-0. Hoch threw a touchdown pass. He rushed for 168 yards and scored three times on the ground. Defensively, he led the team with 12 tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery. Wetterling caught two touchdown passes, ran for another, and intercepted a pass that he returned for a touchdown.

Melcher-Dallas rolled to a 34-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Saints led 40-0 at the half. MD scored once in the third quarter, and a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

“Jacob Hoch and Chase Wetterling could have had much bigger nights if it wasn’t for all of our penalties,” commented coach Mike Horstman. “We had 17 penalties for right around 120 yards. Hoch had two long rushing touchdowns and a punt return for blocking in the back and holding. Chase also had a pair of scores called back because of penalties. We work on this in practice and we will continue too.”

The Saints rolled up 374 yards of total offense, while holding Moravia to negative nine yards of offense. Hoch led the M-D ground game. He rushed 17 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Mitchell had seven totes of the pigskin for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Wetterling scored once and picked up 41 yards on three carries. Kale Critchlow rushed three times for 21 yards.

Melcher-Dallas scored two touchdowns through the air. Mitchell was 2-7 passing, for 21 yards and one touchdown. Hoch threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Wetterling. Wetterling also caught the touchdown pass from Mitchell. Hoch caught one pass for a 12-yard gain.

Defensively, Hoch led the Saints with 12 tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery. Brock Breese recorded 10 tackles. Mitchell was in on eight stops. Critchlow totaled seven tackles. He was followed by: Ty Schneider 4, Waylon Balk 3, Trevor Flesher 3, Wetterling 3, Chris Davis 2, Mike Rohrich 2, Jacob Clark 1, and Zach Moore 1. Balk and Flesher each had a fumble recovery. Wetterling intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.

“It is a lot of fun coaching this team,” stated coach Horstman. “This group of juniors is making improvement each game. We will probably use our ground game a lot more against Tri-County.”

Melcher-Dallas (3-1) will travel to Tri-County Friday night (tonight) to take on the Trojans (2-3). The Saints need to keep winning to ensure that secure a spot in the playoffs at the end of the season.