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De Soto tops Riverdale
Athan paper
Athan Karabetsos - photo by Stacie Roen

MUSCODA - The De Soto Pirates spoiled the Chieftains Homecoming with a 38-8 win over the home team. In a game that was cancelled on Friday night and moved to Saturday afternoon because of the flooding, the visitors dominated the Chieftains.

“De Soto played a very good game and we just could not match their speed,” said Coach Curt Thompson. “It was a disappointing loss for us and we must find a way to bounce back and get ready for next week.”

The first quarter was fairly even as the Pirates came out on offense and Riverdale’s defense was able to quickly shut them down and force a punt. The Chieftains took over on their five and put together a nice drive, picking up three first downs. Bradon Roen ripped off a pair of tough runs while quarterback Caleb Johnson hit a big 16-yard run on the drive. Unfortunately, a turn over halted the drive. De Soto took advantage of the situation and moved in for a touch down to take a 7-0 lead after one quarter.

The second quarter was not a pretty one for the Chieftains. The Pirates used their speed to score 28 points in the quarter to go up 35-0 at half.

“That was a tough quarter for us as a number of things went wrong,” said Coach Thompson. “We could not get anything going on offense and gave them to many opportunities with good field position. When you are playing a great program like De Soto, who has been to the play offs more than 20 times, things are not going to go well.”

The third quarter went quickly, with neither team threatening.

 In the fourth, De Soto added a field goal before the Chieftains put together a late drive to get on the board. The drive was highlighted by a 21-yard run by Tyler Hach and one yard touchdown run by Bradon Roen. Caleb Johnson added the two-point conversion run to make it a 38-8 final.

“Difficult game today, but I still believe we can get things going,” said Coach Thompson. “We have a big game against Wonewoc-Weston this week and we must come out with great intensity. We still have an opportunity to do some very good things this year. We must continue to believe in ourselves and our teammates.”

This Friday's game will be at Weston. The game time is 7 p.m.


Defense: Drake Harris - 9 tackles, 1 fumble recovery; Bradon Roen - 9 tackles; Athan Karabetsos - 7 tackles, 1 TFL; Tyler Hach - 7 tackles, 1 TFL; Caleb Johnson - 7 tackles; and Sean Deglow - 5 tackles, 2 TFLs