USC football team wins 33-6
Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 31, 2002
WELLS &045; It’s obvious the offensive line had a good night for the United South Central football team.
But the defense did even better.
The Rebels racked up 396 yards of offense while holding visiting Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial to a minus-26 yards rushing as USC rolled to a season-opening 33-6 triumph at Wells Friday night.
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&uot;It was a very good defensive performance,&uot; said coach Brent Schimek, whose Rebels were 9-2 a year ago. &uot;We had a few too many penalties and turnovers, and we need to cut back on those against Maple River next week.&uot;
The Rebels jumped on top early, taking a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Ben Wetzell to Nate Pederson and a 3-yard scoring run by John Niebuhr.
The defense got on the scoreboard in the second quarter, when Justin Knutson recovered a fumble in the LCWM end zone. Wetzell and Pederson hooked up for a 32-yard scoring strike before halftime, making it 25-0.
Joel Robinson scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter.
The visitors’ touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 45-yard pass against the Rebels’ reserves.
Wetzell, a second-year starter at quarterback, was 8-for-16 for 178 yards, with no interceptions. Pederson caught four passes for 98 yards. Haugh was the leading rusher, with 75 yards on 10 carries. Niebuhr carried 12 times for 47 yards.
Niebuhr’s eight tackles and a fumble recovery led the defense. Haugh had six tackles.
The Rebels play at Maple River this Friday.
USC&045;Pederson 11 pass from Wetzell (kick failed)
USC&045;Niebuhr 3 run (Knutson kick)
USC&045;Knutson fumble recovery in end zone (pass failed)
USC&045;Pederson 32 pass from Wetzell (Knutson kick)
USC&045;Robinson 2 run (Knutson kick)
LCWM&045;45 pass (pass failed)
TEAM STATISTICS: LCWM, USC
Rushing yards: 26, 218
Total yards: 162, 396
Turnovers: 3, 4
RUSHING&045;USC, Haugh 10-75; Niebuhr 12-47.
PASSING&045;USC, Wetzell 8-16-0, 178.
RECEIVING&045;USC, Pederson 4-98.