Armstrong-Ringsted 68, Remsen-Union 27: Romping in Remsen
REMSEN – A shootout appeared in the making as Armstrong-Ringsted and Remsen-Union each scored three touchdowns in the first quarter in the first round of the 8-Man playoffs in Remsen on Monday.
But the Rockets couldn’t keep up with the Mustangs, who then scored six unanswered touchdowns on the way to a 68-37 victory.
A-R (10-1) will meet rival North Sentral Kossuth (11-0) in Friday’s quarterfinal game for the right to earn a trip the UNI-Dome. The Eagles were a 40-13 victor over AR-WE-VA in their first-round game Monday.
A-R quarterback Ridge Christiansen rushed for five touchdowns and threw for two more in the Mustang win.
The first quarter looked like a track meet.
Tyler Tonderum scored on a 29-yard run with less than a minute gone in the game.
Remsen-Union faced a third-and-12 on its first drive when Josh Bohnenkamp connected with Colin Sonnichsen on a 66-yard touchdown pass.
The Mustangs promptly drove down field with Tonderum breaking free on a 26-yard run.
Another long pass from Bohnenkamp to Sonnichsen set up a 3-yard run by running back Jonathan Schriener to tie the game at 14-14.
The scoring barrage continued as Christiansen scored on a 5-yard run on the Mustangs’ next drive. Ethan Eisenbacher, who made his first two extra-point attempts, missed this one.
That allowed Remsen-Union to take its only lead when Bohnenkamp connected with Sorensen on another long pass play and the extra point gave them a 21-20 lead with 2:20 remaining in the first period.
The scoring slowed as both teams were forced to punt on their next drives, but Tonderum returned the Rocket punt to the Remsen-Union 14.
A few plays later, Christiansen took the ball in from 2 yards out and then threw a two-point conversion pass to Seth Anderson for a 28-21 Mustang lead.
The Rockets first mistake of the night came when Christiansen picked off a Bohnenkamp pass and returned it to the Rocket 21-yard line. The A-R quarterback eventually ran the ball in from 2-yards out again as A-R took a 35-21 lead.
The Rockets put together another drive and were knocking at the door when Tonderum intercepted a Bohnenkamp pass in the end zone.
The Mustangs didn’t take long to capitalize on their hosts’ second mistake. Driving to midfield, Christiansen connected with Tanner LaBore on a 42-yard touchdown pass.
A-R’s defense held Remsen-Union on its next drive and with time winding down, Christiansen connected with LaBore again, this time on a 38-yard strike. The Eisenbacher kick gave A-R a 49-21 edge at the break.
The Mustangs kept the pressure on in the second half, stopping the Rockets on their first possession.
This time Christiansen ran the ball in from 15 yards out. A bad snap on the extra point try turned in a two-point conversion attempt which failed.
However, when A-R got he ball back again, Christiansen broke free on a 47-yard run and A-R led 61-21.
Remsen-Union had one more last gasp, with another pass from Bohnenkamp to Kraig Alesch.
The Mustangs’ final score was a 3-yard run by Christiansen with 5:34 remaining.
The Rockets completed their scoring when Bohnenkamp connected with Sonnichsen on a 27-yard pass.
Unofficially, A-R had over 450 yards on the ground, led by Christiansen, who carried the ball 28 times for 276 yards.
Tonderum had 175 yards on 23 carries.
Christiansen had three completions on the night-all in the first half.
Labore had two catches for 79 yards and Craig Tigges caught one pass for 12 yards.
The Mustangs held the Rockets to just 134 yards rushing, however Remsen-Union had an unofficial 259 yards passing. Bohnenkamp had 12 completions with four touchdowns, but also had three interceptions.
Besides the two snagged by Christiansen and Tonderum, Travis Hantelman had the third interception in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Cody Hantelman had two sacks and Tigges and Ethan Jensen each had one.