Keegan Hansel ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns and caught a pass for another as the Edgewood-Colesburg football team demolished Alburnett, 39-0, in their Class A, District 5 contest played at home Oct. 11.
With the win, the Vikings move to 6-1 for the season and 3-0 in the district as they set up an interesting match-up Oct. 18 when they travel to Monona to face-off against MFL MarMac (7-0, 3-0) with the district championship at stake.
“I’m really proud of my guys. I don’t think they were looking ahead,” said James Rochford, head coach of the Vikings. “I think they focused on the game at hand. The guys knew Alburnett’s tendencies and what they liked to do. They played well I thought.”
The Vikings went to work early in their district contest with Alburnett needing just two plays to get on the board. Parker Rochford handed off to Hansel on the second play of the game. Hansel found a big hole and won the 64-yard race to the end zone for his first touchdown of the night. Walter Schulte’s first of three extra points on the night made it 7-0.
Hansel made it 14-0 after he ran 19 yards for his second touchdown of the quarter.
With the Vikings’ defense in lockdown mode, the offense kept putting the ball into the end zone. This time it was Cameron Kirby having the pleasure of plowing his way across the goal line on an 11-yard run. The kick was no good, but the Vikings were up 20-0 at halftime.
Alburnett received the second-half kickoff, but any thoughts of cashing in on the opening drive quickly went away when the Pirates threw a pass intercepted by Parker Rochford, who took it 29-yards for a defensive touchdown and a 26-0 lead.
Hansel pounded the ball across the goal line on a three-yard run in the third quarter for a touchdown that increased the Vikings’ lead to 32-0.
Hansel found the end zone one last time, on a five-yard pass from Rochford in the fourth quarter. Schulte’s kick was good and the Vikings held on the rest of the way for a 39-0 victory.
“I always like our defense, anytime you can shutout a team you have to be happy with that,” said coach Rochford. “We might have missed a few tackles but there was another guy right there to clean up. They didn’t allow any big runs or big pass plays. I was very happy with how the defense played.”
One of the reasons why the defense is playing so well for Edgewood-Colesburg is because they are controlling the line of scrimmage. Another reason might be the fact that the Vikings’ offense is doing a great job of getting leads early in the game while also taking time off the clock with the defense on the sidelines. Many people say that the key to a good defense is a good offense. If that is the case, then having Parker Rochford at the helm is also a key to their success.
“Parker creates so many things with his mobility and he really created a headache for them,” said coach Rochford who is also Parker’s dad. “The defense has to work really hard to defend Parker because he can go so many ways. They have to defend him as a passer. They have to respect him when he rolls out and his ability to tuck the ball away and turn into a runner. The defense also has to worry about defending him when he lines up as a receiver when we bring Jack Wiskus in to take some snaps behind center.”
Ed-Co’s leaders were: passing — Rochford 5-of-11 for 61 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs, Wiskus 1-for-2 for 36; rushing — Hansel 16-for-151 yards and 3 TDs, Kirby 9-for-21 yards and a TD, Rochford 2-for-9, Wiskus 1-for-3; receiving — Rochford 1-for-36, Spencer Staner 2-for-25 yards, Hansel 2-for-22 and a TD, Riley Ashline 1-for-14 yards; tackles — Max Bahls 9.5, Ethan Staner seven, Jake Jones five, Rochford four, Staner 2.5, Hansel, Ike Jones, Kirby and Wiskus two, Xavier Reeves and Jordan Wegmann 1.5 , Christian Weston one, Ashline, and Schulte 0.5 ; interceptions — Parker Rochford 2-for- 29 and 1 TD, Reeves 1-for-3; fumble recoveries — Reeves one; extra point attempts — Schulte 3-of-5.