Tigers rush past Luverne in spring game
Straughn’s rushing game wreaked havoc on the Luverne Tigers to the tune of 399 yards on their way to a 40-6 trouncing in Tuesday’s spring football game in Luverne.
SHS struck first in the first quarter when Jarvaris Samuel pounced in the end zone from one-yard out, but the extra point was no good leaving the Tigers with a 6-0 lead.
Luverne’s opening drive didn’t go the way they planned, but it was just what Straughn wanted.
Jacob Hawkins stepped in front of Luverne pass for the interception, and then raced 25 yards to the end zone for a touchdown. C.J. Philpott added the extra point to take a 13-0 lead.
The visiting Tigers kept the pressure on the home team in the first quarter, when Malik Parker punched one in from five yards out to put SHS up 20-0 following the extra point from Philpott.
Luverne added their only points of the game on their opening drive of the second quarter when Austin Bryant found the end zone on a short run.
Straughn wasn’t done scoring in the first half though, as Parker raced 13 yards for the score. Philpott’s extra point gave Straughn a 27-6 lead at halftime.
Late in the third quarter, Straughn tacked on six more points when Cale Carter went in from 14 yards out to put his team up 33-6 heading into the final quarter.
Samual capped off the night’s scoring with a monster 31-yard run for his second touchdown of the game. The extra point from Philpott gave Straughn a 40-6 victory.
Samual finished the night with 146 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
Parker racked up 83 yards rushing, and also scored a pair of touchdowns.
“I really thought the guys handled themselves well for the first game,” new Straughn head coach Chris Wilson said. “We executed our game plan well. We made a few mistakes early, but we got better as the night went along. Defensively, what stood out to me was how well we tackled in space. For only having seven or eight practices they did a great job tackling. Offensively, the guys running the ball did a great job making reads and finding space. Jarvaris Samuel did an excellent job. The biggest thing for me was, we knew some of the older guys could play, but we got some pleasant surprises from younger guys who haven’t played as much. The key for us will be the leadership on the field, and Barrett Bush and Brock Hammett did an excellent job of that when splitting time at the quarterback position.”