Through the sun, the wind and the rain, the one constant Friday was St. Cloud Tech running back Jacob Peterson.
The Tigers senior kept racking up yards — finishing with 34 carries for 188 yards and two touchdowns — as Tech downed Sauk Rapids 28-6 in Central Lakes Conference play on a night when clear skies gave way to rain and a blustery wind.
“I try to do that every game, no matter what the weather is,” Peterson said. “I hate the rain, but you have to play through whatever the conditions are and that’s what we did tonight.”
The Tigers (2-1, 3-1) finished with 384 yards of total offense — 302 of that coming on the ground — while limiting the Storm to just 134. Sauk Rapids didn’t help its cause with three turnovers — one of which set up a Tech touchdown — and a number of penalties.
“That hurt us,” said Storm coach Bill Magnuson, whose team fell to 0-3 in Central Lakes play and 0-4 overall. “We don’t need to play a perfect game to beat a team like this, but we need to play a very good game and we didn’t do that. We’d get something going and there’d be a turnover or a penalty. Our defense played a whale of a game at some points, but we have to be more consistent.”
It was Magnuson’s team that struck first when junior Brandon Morrison returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter. But from then on, it was all Tech.
The Tigers scored on a 21-yard touchdown run by Peterson that capped a 15-play, 86-yard drive in the first quarter. Then, in the second, junior Tanner Skaja added a 47-yard touchdown run on a reverse, Peterson scored on a 3-yard run and junior Jay Kedrowski connected with classmate Austin Klaverkamp on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
The result was a 28-6 Tigers’ lead at halftime. Peterson had 25 carries for 159 yards in the first half alone.
The Storm fumbled the ball away twice in the first half — both times on long completions. The second of those turnovers led to Peterson’s second touchdown run.
“Those were game-changers,” said Kedrowski, who finished 9 of 19 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown. “We love it when our defense gets us the ball back and allows us to make plays.”
Neither team scored in the second half as the rain fell off and on, and a frigid, strong wind began to blow. But when all was said and done, Peterson and the Tigers had their third victory of the season.
“That’s great,” Peterson said. “I wish we were 4-0. But we’re playing well. Now we just have to keep battling like we did tonight.”
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SR — Brandon Morrison 90 punt return (kick failed)
SCT — Jacob Peterson 21 run (Irvin Rivera kick)
SCT — Tanner Skaja 47 run (kick failed)
SCT — Peterson 3 run (Peterson run)
SCT — Austin Klaverkamp 14 pass from Jay Kedrowski (Rivera kick)
Rushing: SCT — Peterson 34-188, Skaja 2-52, Josh Falk 7-35, Chris Berg 5-28, Brennan Paulsen 3-7, Kedrowski 1-(-8); Totals: 52-302; SR — Chris Keske 10-46, Jake Lynch 5-25, McKay Ness 6-17, Logan Smoley 2-7, Nick Kuechle 1-5, Joel Haller 4-(-9); Totals: 28-91.
Passing: SCT — Kedrowski 9-19-0 82; SR — Haller 2-15-1 43, Keske 0-1-0 0; Totals: 2-15-1 43.
Receiving: SCT — Skaja 2-21, Paulsen 2-15, Klaverkamp 1-14, Riley Bates 1-11, Peterson 2-11, Jake Martig 1-10; Totals: 9-82; SR — Morrison 1-28, Zach Silbernick 1-15; Totals: 2-43.