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Rodin, Honkers rout Raiders in 9-man playoffs

RICHARDTON -- High school playoff football weather doesn't get much better than it did Saturday -- and Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central quarterback Hunter Rodin took full advantage.

Richardton-Taylor-Hebron senior Ethan Kuntz, middle, carries the ball while Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central senior Kolton Jesz, left, attempts to make the tackle Saturday during a 9-man football second-round playoff game in Richardton. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)
Richardton-Taylor-Hebron senior Ethan Kuntz, middle, carries the ball while Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central senior Kolton Jesz, left, attempts to make the tackle Saturday during a 9-man football second-round playoff game in Richardton. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)

RICHARDTON - High school playoff football weather doesn't get much better than it did Saturday - and Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central quarterback Hunter Rodin took full advantage.

The senior has been a nightmare for opposing defenses all season and showed Richardton-Taylor-Hebron why, totaling 546 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Honkers to a 38-8 victory in the second round of the 9-man playoffs at the Richardton-Taylor High School Field.

"You know, they're a good football team and the good Lord gave them a great day to throw the football too," Raiders head coach Travis Olson said.

Rodin passed for 404 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

He got the Honkers (8-2) going early, marching his team 85 yards in just 3-and-a-half minutes on their first series and capping it with a 3-yard touchdown pass to his brother, Jacob Rodin.

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After RTH took advantage of a short field late in the first quarter to claim an 8-6 lead, Hunter Rodin went back to work and led touchdown drives on three consecutive possessions in just over 5 minutes in the second quarter.

He capped a 16-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, and on the next drive led the Honkers 42 yards on four plays in just over 78 seconds before finding Dylan Yates for an 8-yard touchdown pass.

On the Honkers' next possession, pinned deep in their own territory, Hunter Rodin took advantage of a Raiders pass interference penalty and followed it up with 37- and 39-yard passes to Jacob to set up his own 12-yard touchdown run to give the Honkers a 24-8 lead with just 4:51 left before halftime.

"He's a pretty special player," Honkers head coach Matt Hove said. "... He stepped up big time this year. When we need him, he's there to make a play."

RTH's only scoring drive started after they denied the Honkers - who never punted - on fourth-and-6 from their own 23-yard line.

The Raiders finished off their ensuing seven-play, 27-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Beau Frederick, who was left wide open at the 10-yard line on the left side of the field after quarterback Brendan Butterfield rolled right. Frederick then bulled his way into the end zone for the fourth-down touchdown.

It was short-lived hope for RTH, though.

"We did do some things pretty well at times," Olson said. "But they just had so many gol' darn weapons and (Hunter Rodin) was a big part of it."

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Rodin led a 3-minute, 10-play drive to start the third quarter and capped it with a 7-yard touchdown run.

The Raiders, who ended their season with a 6-3 record, couldn't get much of anything going in the second half, even when they stopped the Honkers on back-to-back fourth downs with the game still well within reach.

Butterfield, who rushed for 35 yards, was pressured incessantly by the Honkers and connected on just 3 of 25 passes. Junior running back Matthew Naumann had 76 yards on 13 carries. The Raiders were held to just 144 total yards.

Olson said RTH struggled to get its offense in rhythm after senior lineman Andrew Perrin was injured in the first quarter and the Honkers took a two-possession lead in the second quarter.

"We wanted to be able to control the ball more," Olson said.

Instead, that's what the Honkers did-and they did it while compiling 590 total yards and staying efficient through the air to keep the clock running.

Rodin connected on 10 of his first 11 passes and kept it up from there, finishing 27 of 37 and completing his final seven passes with the game already well in hand.

Jacob Rodin finished with 11 catches, 168 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Colton Jesz caught 10 passes for 150 yards and Cody St. Croix had five catches for 78 yards for the Honkers.

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"We knew they were going to bring pressure and we knew we had to get rid of the ball fast," Hunter Rodin said. "... We've got some of the best offensive linemen in the state, I truly believe that. They're always giving me lots of time and protection to throw the ball. The wide receivers, I throw it up for them and they make the play."

KBBC will visit North Prairie, 9-man's runner-up in 2015, next Saturday in Rolla.

 

Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 38, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron 8

KBBC 6 18 6 8 - 38

RTH 8 0 0 0 - 8

First quarter

KBBC - Jacob Rodin 3 pass from Hunter Rodin (pass failed), 6:43.

RTH - Beau Frederick 4 pass from Brendan Butterfield (Matthew Naumann run), :58.

Second quarter

KBBC - H. Rodin 5 run (pass failed), 10:09.

KBBC - Dylan Yates 8 pass from H. Rodin (pass failed), 7:09.

KBBC - H. Rodin 6 run (pass failed), 4:51.

Third quarter

KBBC - H. Rodin 7 run (pass failed), 8:41.

Fourth quarter

KBBC - J. Rodin 15 pass from H. Rodin (Kolton Jesz pass from H. Rodin), 11:01.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: KBBC, H. Rodin 21-142, Jay Baumann 8-54, Jaden McNeiley 3-0, Garrett Stroklund 2-(minus-10), Kolton Jesz 1-3, Dylan Yates 1-(minus-3), J. Rodin 1-(minus-7). RTH, Matthew Naumann 13-76, Ryan Woroniecki 9-22, Brendan Butterfield 7-35, Ethan Kuntz 1-4.

PASSING: KBBC, H. Rodin 27-37-0 404. RTH, Butterfield 3-25-0 7.

RECEIVING: KBBC, J. Rodin 11-168, Jesz 10-150, Cody St. Croix 5-78, Yates 1-8. RTH, Jayden Olson 1-6, Frederick 1-4, Ethan Kuntz 1-(minus-3).

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