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PREP FOOTBALL: Top-ranked Beal City rolls to 77-0 win

The Beal City Aggies powered their way past the Manton Rangers 77-0 at home on Friday night to improve to 5-0.

The Aggies, who are ranked No. 1 in Division 8, scored 35 points in the first quarter alone and went on to lead 63-0 at half time.

Senior tight end Ryan Tilmann scored three touchdowns and sparked Beal City early on.

Junior running back Luke Farrell led the Aggies on the ground with 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 attempts.

The Aggie defense was impressive as well, creating four turnovers and forcing six punts in the Highland Conference tilt.

“We played inspired football and we played the best we have all year. We had some really great athletes that came to play tonight and we had been waiting for a performance like this. We have played well, but not to our full potential. Tonight we reached it,” Beal City head coach Lou Rau said.

The game started off great for the Aggies when they forced the Ranger offense to go three and out. It got even better when they blocked the ensuing punt, setting up their offense on the Manton 6-yardline.

Senior Ty Rollin scored the first touchdown with 10:47 left in the first on a 3-yard run play.

Rollin then intercepted a Ranger pass on the next drive that led to quarterback Kurt Gross throwing a 27-yard strike to Tilmann for the score.

The Aggies were at it again minutes later when Tilmann blocked a punt and scooped it up for the touchdown. With only three minutes off the clock, the Aggies had scored 21 points and led 21-0 after Rollin nailed the PAT.

He went 11-for-11 in PATs on the night, which is tied for second all-time in the MHSAA archives.

“Ryan (Tilmann) is a spectacular athlete. He’s a big time player and he played big-time tonight. He was all over the place on all sides of the ball. You can’t say enough about him,” Rau said.

Tilmann and Farrell would add touchdowns before the first quarter was over to extend the Aggie lead to 35-0.

Beal City continued to dominate in the second quarter. Senior Hayden Huber scored two rushing touchdowns in the quarter and even stripped the ball away from Manton for a fumble recovery touchdown.

“We were a little nervous on defense coming into this one. We had allowed a lot of plays on passes. The kids worked on coverage this week and playing better defense. We had been playing sloppy the past couple weeks, so we really cleaned it up,” Rau said.

Rollin would add another touchdown late in the quarter to give the Aggies a monstrous 63-0 lead.

The second half saw a running clock and more Aggie touchdowns. Junior Alex Matthews ran 46-yards for the touchdown half way through the third quarter and Farrell added a 14-yard rushing touchdown with minutes to go.

The Aggies stayed stout on defense and held on to the 77-0 victory.

“Five down, hopefully nine more to go. We just got to keep getting better,” Rau said.













Last Updated: 9/27/2013 10:48:00 PM EST

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