De Smet Bulldogs football team traveled to Dell Rapids on Friday to take on the Dell Rapids St. Mary Cardinals. This looked to be another tough battle for the #5 ranked in 9A Bulldogs, as the Cardinals were the #5 ranked team in 9B.
The game opened with the De Smet defense holding DRSM to virtually no gain forcing a quick punt by the Cardinals early in the first quarter. Rett Osthus had a great punt return for the Bulldogs, setting them up deep in DRSM territory.
The drive began with a two nice running plays by Osthus, followed by a 10-yard pass from Colt Wilkinson to Kalen Garry. Al Dobson took the next play to within inches of the goal line, and Wilkinson would run the quarterback sneak in for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good, and the Bulldogs to an early 6-0 lead.
After receiving the kickoff, the Bulldog defense came up strong again, forcing DRSM to no gain and another DRSM punt. Osthus took the punt to the DRSM 25-yard line where De Smet began their second drive. Four plays later, Wilkinson connected with Garry for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Garry ran in the two-point conversion and the Bulldogs led 14-0.
DRSM got the ball back, and two plays later rushed for what would be their only first down of the game. The drive would stall out, though, and De Smet would take over again on downs. Three plays later, Garry took the ball for another Bulldog touchdown and 2-point conversion, and De Smet ended the first quarter with a 22-0 lead.
Two plays after receiving the kickoff, DRSM threw an interception to Cody Cavanaugh. The Bulldogs scored quickly again on a 5-yard pass from Wilkinson to Garry. Garry again scored on the 2-point try, and the Bulldogs led 30-0.
The Bulldogs would score two more times in the first half with touchdown runs by Osthus and Kadyn Fast, and take a 48-0 lead into halftime, with JV teams from both sides seeing action in the second quarter. Fast would score again to begin the second half, and the game ended with a 54-0 score.
Leading the way for De Smet was Kadyn Fast with 102 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Garry had 3 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown, and Osthus 5 rushes for 27 yards and one touchdown. Wilkinson was 5-7 passing for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns. Garry had 4 catches for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns. Griffin Clubb caught 2 passes for 28 yards.
The Bulldog defense allowed only 63 yards of total offense to the Cardinals., Al Dobson led the way with 8 tackles. Osthus chipped in with six, and Garry and Wilkinson 5 apiece. Cavanaugh had one interception.
Leaders for DRSM were Noah Olund with 26 yards on 6 carries. Nic Gaspar threw for 9 yards and rushed for 6.
De Smet 22 26 6 x - 54
DRSM 0 0 0 x - 0
.The Bulldogs had been previously scheduled to play Colman-Egan this Friday. That game was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns at Colman-