St. Ansgar dominated the Rockford Warriors 82-7 on Friday to put the icing on the cake for a perfect regular season regular season record.
The Saints racked up 612 yards of total offense, including 604 yards rushing, the second-most in school history.
Senior Dayton Smith highlighted the night with a historic ground game. Smith’s 315 yards rushing was good for the school record most rushing yards in a single game. He averaged 14.3 yards per carry on 22 attempts. This capped off a school career-rushing record of 3,061 yards. Smith’s seven-touchdown performance also set a new record for rushing touchdowns in a single game and most career points scored.
In addition to Smith’s record-shattering performance, sophomore running back Sam Juenger added 104 yards rushing and one eight-yard reception for two touchdowns. Josh Van Vliet had 88 yards rushing and one touchdown. With the help of a dominate offense and one defensive touchdown, senior Jack Mendoza set the school record for PATs in a game with 10 and the Saints set the school record for most points in a game with 82.
Sophomore linebacker Mark Williams was the man behind the defensive touchdown, a 35-yard pick-six in addition to a fumble recover. St. Ansgar sophomore Preston Isler led the team in tackles with eight, including one assisted tackle for loss and one sack assist. Junior Skylar Blunt also had an interception for the Saints.
The Saints will host East Buchanan in a first round playoff game on Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. The Buccaneers enter the game with a record of 8-1.