‘Stellar’ defense leads to another win for Gophers

Senior running back Carson Larrabee of the Gophers looks for an opening against Triton. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
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Chatfield downed Triton 14-0 Friday in an away football game to remain undefeated for the season with a 3-0 record.

“The defense played another stellar game,” said head coach Jeff Johnson. “Getting the shutout (14-0) and keeping their leading offensive player to 28 yards rushing.  Our offense wore them down again in the second half and punched in two TDs.  Great defensive games by Chance Backer, Carson Larrabee, Nathan Goldsmith and a host of other defensive starters.  Great team win on the road.”

Late in the third quarter Reid Johnson threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ben Brogen for the Gophers first score.  The extra-point was no good.  Gage Tuohy sealed the win with a 31-yard run in the fourth quarter (1:45).  The two-point conversion from Johnson to an unknown receiver was good.

Tuohy finished the game with 110 rushing yards on 18 carries.  His longest run was his 31-yard TD run.  Larrabee had 27 yards on nine carries.  Johnson completed four of 14 passes for 66 yards and one score.  He threw one interception. Larrabee had two receptions for 31 yards and Brogen caught two passes for 35 yards, including the one touchdown.

Defensively, Backer had eight solo tackles, including one quarterback sack, and three assisted tackles.  Larrabee also had eight solo tackles and assisted in two more and Goldsmith had two solos, one assist and one fumble recovery. Ben Roline also recovered a Triton fumble. Others getting defensive points included; Seth Allen (three solo, two assist), Brogen (1a, three pass break-ups), Lincoln Salisbury (2a), Gage Tuohy (2s,2a), Manny Perez (1s), Roline (2s,1a, one fumble recovery), Jack Tuohy (1s, 4a), Jonathan Frank (1s), Zach Roline (1s,2a) and Sam Stevens (1s,2a).

Scoring by quarters:

Chatfield 0-0-6-8 = 14

Triton 0-0-0-0 = 0

Team stats

                           Chatfield                                             Triton

First downs    8                                                             7

Rushing           32 carries, 133 yds                         38c, 151 yds

                           1 TD, 1 fum. lost                               0 TD’s, 2 fum. lost

Passing           4/14, 66 yds                                      2/9, 32 yds

                           1 TD, 1 INT                                         0 TD’s, 0 INT

Total off.         46 plays, 199 yds                            47 plays, 183 yds

Penalties        5, 25 yds                                             10, 76 yds

Special teams, individuals

Punting: Salisbury (1/57.0), Max Aug (4/32.0).  Punt returns: Brogen (3/12.0).  Kickoffs: Salisbury (1/52.0), AJ Karver (2/32.5).  Kickoff returns: Gage Tuohy (1/16.0).

Friday night the Gophers will host 1-2 Zumbrota-Mazeppa.