Patriots take down Gold Diggers
September 9, 2021
The Upton-Sundance Patriots opened their 2021 season under the lights at Ferguson Field against the Lead-Deadwood Gold Diggers. In a commanding 54-21 victory, the Patriots opened their season right where they left off last year.
Taking over for graduated senior Brad Kruger at the quarterback position, sophomore Keaton Mills had no trouble keeping the Patriot offense moving throughout the night. The opening drives for the Patriots found Levi Rudloff and Kaedyn Fletcher pushing their way down the field to help set Mills up for the one-yard run and Patriot touchdown.
Followed by a successful field goal kick by Rudloff, the Patriots put themselves up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Upton-Sundance continued to dominate the offensive and defensive ends throughout the second quarter, scoring five touchdowns before the horn would sound for halftime, giving them a dominating 41-0 lead over the Gold Diggers.
The Gold Diggers found their way onto the scoreboard in the second half, scoring three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to overtake the dominating Patriot offense which walked away with the 54-21 victory.
The Patriots play next on Croell Field in Sundance on Thursday this week at 7 p.m.
Reece Barritt: 1 carry for 64 yards and 1 TD
Levi Rudloff: 6 carries for 49 yards and 2 TDs
Ryder Downey: 6 carries for 20 yards and 1 TD
Keaton Mills: 7 carries for 15 yards and 1 TD
K. Mills: 6 for 10, 46 yards and 2 TDs
L. Rudloff: 2 receptions for 11 yards
Luca Brooks: 1 for 11 yards
Jesse Harmon: 1 for 8 and 1 TD
Kaeden Fletcher: 1 for 8 and 1 TD
R. Barritt: 1 for 8
Jameson Fleenor: 15 points, 6 assisted tackles, 1 unassisted tackle, 1 blocked kick
Keaton Mills: 14 points, 5 AT, 1 UT, 1 pass break up, 1 interception
Nathan Baker: 11 points, 4 AT, 1 UT, 1 INT
Reece Barritt: 10 points, 1 AT, 3 UT, 1 tackle for loss
Eli Gill: 9 points, 5 AT, 1 UT
Levi Rudloff: 9 points, 4 AT, 1 UT, 1 TFL