The Merrill Bluejays were slow coming out of the gates and it cost them.
Menomonie returned a fumble for a touchdown on Merrill’s first possession and scored on it’s first offensive play and downed the Bluejays 42-22 on Friday.
“We were shellshocked a bit,” Merrill coach Nick Sturm said. “We fumbled the second play picked it up and scored. We got one first down and their first play was a double reverse flea flicker for a score. They are up 14-0 right off the bat.”
Menomonie added two more first quarter scores too take a commanding 28-0 lead.
Nick Peterson played well for the Bluejays, rushing for 169 yards on just nine carries, including two touchdowns. The rest of the team had trouble toting the ball, with Alex Klug finishing with 21 yards on 10 carries.
“Nick did a very nice job and will continue to develop and grow,” Sturm said. “He is a great kid and coachable and I expect big things from him this season,” Sturm said. As a team we will continue to try and get better.”