The Reading Ranger JV football team traveled to Tecumseh to take on the Indians freshman team this past Thursday night.
The Rangers would strike early as Colton Bassage scored on a 1 yard run to cap off an 11 play 55 yard drive to open the game. Duke Green added the two point conversion to make the score 8-0, midway through the 1st quarter.
A 4th down stand by the Big Red defense came up with a stop and the Rangers would take over at their own 30 yard line. The 1st quarter would end with the Rangers driving at the Indians 5 yard line.
Bassage would score on a 5 yard TD run, to finish a 7 play 70 yard drive. Maverick Messenger added the two point conversion to make the score 16-0 just seconds in the period.
The Indians would answer with a touchdown to make the score 16-6 midway through the 2nd quarter. After a Ranger punt, the Big Red defense came up with a big stop, as Eathan Westfall recovered a fumble at the Indians 37 yard line. The Rangers would eat up clock and score on a 5 yard Matthew Stewart touchdown run. Messenger would add another two point conversion to make the score 24-6 at the half.
The Indians scored a touchdown on the first possession of the half and cut the Ranger lead to 24-12. The Rangers responded as Bassage found pay dirt on a 34 touchdown run to make the score 30-12.
An Indian touchdown made the 30-18, and the 3rd quarter would end with the Rangers once again driving towards the end zone.
A Stewart 6 yard touchdown run finished off a 7 play 50 yard drive. Messenger again added the two point conversion to make the score 38-18.
The Big Red defense would come back to life as Jacob Hamilton interception a long Indian pass. The Rangers would then eat up the clock and drive down to the Indian 10 yard line, where Xander Carroll sealed the victory with a 20 yard field goal. The Rangers won by a final score of 41-18.
“It was a fun night and another great team win.” said Coach Kerspilo. “Tecumseh has 500 more students in their high school, 20 of the 25 players on our roster are freshman, so we feel like the victory says a lot about the Ranger football program.”
The Rangers are now 4-1 on the season. They play at Bronson next Thursday, game time is 6 pm.