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Harvey edges Rugby

September 2, 2010
Tribune Staff Report

Rugby played well in its season opener on Aug. 26, but unfortunately visiting Harvey played just a little better.

The Hornets would rally from a touchdown deficit in the final six minutes to eke out a 22-21 road win - their fourth straight over Rugby in the annual series.

Harvey's Shyler Block's 39-yard TD pass from quarterback M.J. Stumpf pulled the Hornets to within one point and then Stumpf ran in the two-point conversion which proved to be the difference.

"He is a heck of of the best ones in Class A,' said Rugby coach Scott Grochow.

The Panthers had plenty of time to answer and the team was driving toward a go-ahead touchdown or field goal. However, the drive would stall on an incomplete pass on fourth down and seven. Harvey would take over and run out the clock, picking up four first downs.

Harvey would get on the scoreboard first, but Rugby would quickly answer. Senior running back Eric Kuntz had the key play of the drive, picking up nearly 50 yards and bringing the ball down to the Hornet six-yard line. Kuntz would then run in from five yards.

Fact Box

Harvey 22, Rugby 21

HAR 0 8 6 8 -22

RUG 0 14 7 0 -21

Scoring summary

H: Devin Arnold 15-yard pass from M.J. Stumpf

R: Eric Kuntz 5-yard run; Kuntz kick

R: Eric Burns 37-yard pass from Riley Olsen; Kuntz kick

H: Devin Haxton 54-yard pass from Stumpf; pass failed

R: Olsen 3-yard run; Kuntz kick

H: Shyler Block 39-yard pass from Stumpf; Stumpf run

Team stats R H

First downs 14 14

Rush yards 252 135

Pass yards 56 182

Total yards 308 317

Fumbles lost 0 0

Interceptions 1 0

Punts-Yds 1-(-)4 2-33

Penalty-Yds 5-25 5-45

Rugby stats


Eric Kuntz 28 carries for 216 yards, TD; Jason Goetz 7 for 21 yards; Jarett Lovcik 4 for 12 yards; Riley Olsen 1 for 3 yards, TD.


Olsen 2 for 7 for 56 yards, Int., TD.


Eric Burns 1 reception for 47 yards, TD; Lovcik 1 for 9 yards.

Defensive leaders

Goetz, 13 tackles; Thomas Swanson, 8, sack; Lovcik 7; Zach Berube, 7; Kuntz, 5.

Rugby would take its first lead when quarterback Riley Olsen connected with receiver Eric Burns, who slipped behind the Harvey secondary. The TD pass play covered 37 yards.

The Hornets would trim the deficit in the third quarter on another Stumpf TD pass, but Rugby would again answer and it was the running of Kuntz would set up the score. Kuntz's 25-yard run moved the ball inside the Harvey five-yard line and Olsen's three-yard TD run capped off the drive. Kuntz's kick would give the Panthers a 21-14 lead.

The senior finished with 216 yards on 28 carries and gave the Hornets defense all sorts of fits.

It will go down as another heartbreaking defeat to their rivals, but the Panthers showed a lot of promise in the season opener.

"I thought we did a lot of good things,' Grochow said. "No one likes to lose and we definitely have improvements to make, but it was a good starting point for us."

The defense consistently was able to break through the line and putt pressure on the quarterback and linebackers and defensive line proved it could make open field tackles. Offensively, the team moved the ball on the ground against a solid defense. Rugby racked up 308 yards of total offense and 14 first downs.

Rugby committed five penalties, all false starts, and the final one proved costly. Instead of a fourth down and two inside Harvey territory, the five-yard penalty forced the Panthers into a passing situation which fell incomplete.

"Penalties are part of the game and it was unfortunate to get one at that time,' Grochow said.



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