By John Patterson
BLOOMINGTON - Potosi’s undefeated league leaders exploded for 34 points in the final six minutes and 50 seconds of the first quarter enroute to a 54-6 decision over River Ridge at Bloomington Friday night.
Junior Jase Udelhofen, a 145-pound running back, scored four of the five TDs on runs from scrimmage of 66, 47 and 44 yards, and also took a lateral from Hunter Leibfried off a Tim Fritz pass for 46 yards.
Tom Keene had the other six on a 29-yard run.
The Chieftains (7-0, 8-0) added two points on Tim Fritz kicks and Alex Wright ran the three yards for a two-pointer.
Things got no better in the second quarter for the Wolves, as Tim Fritz added a 45-yard run and Alex Wright scored from eight yards out.
Fritz added two kicks for a 48-0 halftime score.
Potosi’s first-half touchdowns came on quick drives. The scores came on drives of one play, 66 yards, two plays, 30 yards, three plays, 77 yards, two plays, 44 yards, two plays, 57 yards, two plays, 45 yards and two plays of 48 yards.
The second half was played under the fast clock rule, which comes after a 35-point or more lead.
Each team scored a single TD, River Ridge’s Joel Mezera capping a 65-yards, 16-play drive. The tally came on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The winners added the final points of the night on a six pointer by Isaiah Kruser going 35 yards with 8:14 left in the game.
Jase Udelhofen only had six attempts from scrimmage, but scored four TDs. He also intercepted a pass.
Joel Mezera had 96 yards on 26 carries.
Two lost fumbles contributed to the Timberwolves’ miseries.
Joel Mezera sprained an ankle in the second half, but is expected to be ready for the invasion of Belmont (4-4, 3-4) Friday night.
Potosi goes to Highland to finish their regular season.
Playoffs begin Friday, Oct. 21.
Potosi 54, River Ridge 6
(from Friday, Oct. 7)
Potosi 34 14 0 6 - 54
River Ridge 0 0 0 6 - 6
P - Udelhofen, 66-yard run (kick failed)
P - Keene, 29-yard run (Wright run)
P - Udelhofen, 47-yard run (Fritz kick)
P - Udelhofen, 44-yard run (Fritz kick)
P - Fritz pass to Hunter Leibfried, pitch to Udelhofen (kick failed)
P - Fritz, 45-yard run (Fritz kick)
P - Wright, 8-yard run (Fritz kick)
RR - Joel Mezera, 1-yard run (run failed)
P - Kruser, 35-yard run (kick failed)
First downs - P 12, RR 10. Rushing - P 21-344, RR 51-158. Passing yards - P 71, RR 11. Passes - P 3-6-0, RR 2-7-1. Fumbles lost - P 0, RR 2. Penalties-yards - P 4-40, RR 7-45.
Rushing - P: Udelhofen 6-156; RR: Mezera 26-96. Passing - P: Fritz 3-6-0, 71; RR: Langmeier 2-7-1, 11. Receiving - P: Udelhofen 1-46; RR: Ertz 1-6.