DELL RAPIDS – Dell Rapids scored 24 unanswered points and turned what looked to be the Quarriers fourth straight loss into a lopsided win over Canton. The C-Hawks led 14-0 early in the second quarter and had outgained Dell Rapids 161-24 at that point.
But in a dramatic turn, it went all Dell Rapids’ way after that as the Quarriers went on to a 24-14 victory to improve to 2-4. Dell Rapids outgained 377-208 for the game, a statistic that didn’t look at all possible through a-quarter-and-a-half.
Canton scored on its seven-play 77-yard opening drive to start the game, capped by a Logan Ranschau 2-yard run. Following Jake Hult’s 2-yard score to make it 14-0, the C-Hawks offense faded. Over their next seven series, Canton managed a total of just 25 yards.
“We just keep competing. With three losses in a row, these kids just kept competing,” Dell Rapids coach Steve Hansen said. “I feel like these kids have been getting better, even though we’ve been coming out on the short end. There have been little things that have been keeping us down, but tonight I feel like we made plays and didn’t make mistakes.”
The Quarriers were lucky to be in it at halftime. Dell Rapids gained 154 yards of total offense in the first half, but 122 of those came on three pass completions from Hunter Hansen to Sam White. The completions came at critical times for the Quarriers, trailing by 14 when Hansen and White finally hooked up for a 72-yard connection.
Sophomore Adam Nagelhout punched it in one play later from 3 yards out to cut it to 14-6. On Dell Rapids’ following possession, Hansen hit White two more times for a total of 50 yards, including a 20-yard strike to cut it to 14-12 just before half.
“With the season we’ve been having, yea, you kind of scratch your head,” Steve Hansen said about getting down early. “But you have to have faith and these kids had faith in what we were telling them.”
Hansen proved the three long plays in the first half weren’t a fluke as the junior quarterback ran for 72 yards on the opening play of the third quarter down to the Canton 1-yard line. He scored on a sneak the very next play, and the Quarriers had their first lead of the game.
“We needed a win and went out and got one,” Hunter Hansen said. “Our line and backs picked it up. There were some big holes for me to run through.”
Hansen finished the night 6-for-9 for 123 yards passing and a touchdown. He also rushed for a score and gained 94 yards on the ground – all in the second half.
Canton quarterback Sam Peterson did his best to get the C-Hawks back in the game after squandering the early lead. But they never truly threatened in the second half, going for just one play over 15 yards in the second half.
Peterson finished the night 12-for-25 for 151 yards. He was 3-for-13 in the second half.
“We started getting a little confidence,” Steve Hansen said. “Some things started happening and we started feeling good. Things just grew from there.”
Next week, Dell Rapids visits Milbank and Canton (3-3) hosts Madison.