No. 1 RSM holds Kingsley-Pierson scoreless in district battle
REMSEN — 8-player No. 1 ranked Remsen St. Mary’s beat district rival Kingsley-Pierson 49-0 on Friday in another dominant performance by the Hawks this season.
“I think everyone had one of the best games we’ve played all year,” RSM senior quarterback Cael Ortmann said. “Each week we’ve gotten better and better. Everyone keeps improving. Our line’s really good. Our receivers are making plays for me. The running backs are finding their holes and hitting them hard. I’m just doing what they’re telling me and it’s working.”
One of the most impressive facets of the game may have been on defense for the Hawks as they were able to hold the Panthers scoreless. The Panthers had scored at least 37 points in each of their first three games.
“They do some things offensively that are really difficult to fit,” RSM Head Coach Tim Osterman said. “I was really happy with our kids. They were focused all week to stop all the different looks that we were going to get. I think they flew around and played really well in the first half. Huge shoutout to Kadden Groepper. He played really well in the middle and they couldn’t do anything when he was in there. A big step for our defense tonight. That’s a big goose egg and we’ll take it.”
The defense came up with some important turnovers early in the game to get the momentum.
Ryan Willman intercepted a Beau Goodwin pass on the opening possession of the game, the Hawks forced a turnover on downs with a stop in the backfield on a 4th-and-1 play from inside the 10-yard line on K-P’s next drive and then Alex Schroeder intercepted a ball in the end zone on K-P’s third possession.
“When they get turnovers, they get a ton of energy off that, then to go score right away,” Osterman said. “I think it’s a springboard to get all those turnovers and our kids are just making plays.”
RSM was able to find success running and passing the football. Osterman said that balance was good to see.
“That really helps when your offense can do anything you need it to do,” Osterman said. “Then, it feels like you’re dangerous. When you need to run, you can run. When you can throw, you can throw, that’s a big deal.”
Cael Ortmann ran for a 43-yard touchdown to start the scoring for the Hawks and Brenden Fisch added a 3-yard rushing score on the next possession. A kick off the goal post and through and then a fake kick pass to Isaiah Gerrietts made it 15-0.
“Our offensive line was getting good holes for us,” Ortmann said. “A few of the plays the running backs didn’t even get touched. That’s just a team effort.”
The Hawks heated up in the passing game in the second quarter. Ortmann ended the game 9-of-13 passing for 171 yards and three touchdowns, with all of the scores coming in the second quarter.
“The receivers made excellent plays,” Ortmann said. “Ryan was going to town. Alex was going to town. Jaxon made a bunch of good catches. The offense was just flowing. We were just telepathically communicating and we just knew where to put the ball.”
He connected with Jaxon Bunkers on two passes for scores on plays of 20 and 6 yards. He added an 18-yard touchdown pass to Willman with 11.8 seconds left in the first half to make it 42-0 entering the intermission.
Frustrations for the Panthers boiled over in the second quarter. An interception by Bunkers set up the Hawks for their other score in the period a play later as Ortmann rushed for a 10-yard score, part of his 10 carries for 107 yards in the game. The Panthers were stuffed on a 4th-and-1 quarterback keep on their next possession while the Hawks converted a 4th down play on a juggling catch and run from Schroeder, their leading receiver by yardage with three catches for 57 yards.
Following the fourth down conversion by the Hawks, K-P Head Coach Geoff Olson was ejected from the contest after the latest of several exchanges with the officiating crew.
With a running clock for the entirety of the second half, there wasn’t as much action after halftime.
Goodwin forced and recovered a fumble for one of the few defensive highlights for the Panthers in the game, but the offense wasn’t able to capitalize as they turned the ball over on downs after taking possession.
The Hawks added their only points of the second half with 6:22 left in the contest with their second team offense on the field. Brady Koenck ran for a 12-yard touchdown for the score.
Kingsley-Pierson falls to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in district games. The Panthers will host undefeated Newell-Fonda in their next game.
Remsen St. Mary’s improves to 4-0 with the win and 3-0 in district games as they turn their attention to non-district opponent Fort Dodge St. Edmond for homecoming on Friday.
“Homecoming is just nice to have all the alumni come back,” Osterman said. “I think St. Ed’s will probably be a really good team for us and we’ll have our work cut out for us.”