Mobridge (CNN): They call them cupcake games, a tune up game for the favorite and a source of big money for the underdog. It’s also a chance for a reenactment of the David vs. Goliath story. Sometimes David wins. Tonight in Mobridge, David had his rock shoved down his throat.
The North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) Freaking Plovers soundly defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Blazers 42-14 before 49,999 rabid fans at Cold War Memorial Stadium.
The Plovers scored at will against the hapless Blazer defense. Jim May (9 carries for 95 yards and 1 TD), Kyle McDonald (10-55-1) and Lawrence Cook (2-26-0) combined for 176 yards rushing.
Quarterback J. P. Richardson had his best performance of the season connecting on 13 of 17 attempts for 193 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The famous “Bend But Don’t Break” defense of the Plovers got torched twice by the Blazers. UAB quarterback Clive Woods connected with flanker Marty Wiggins twice in the second half, each resulting in a touchdown.
At his post game press conference, Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life) Gomer S. Blake spoke glowingly of his offense but was not a charitable toward the defensive squad.
J. P. Richardson and Dave Johnson Baffle the Blazers
“I am quite appeased with the performance of our offense tonight. Jim, Kyle and Lawrence really kept the Blazers off their high heels all night. And, J. P. had a great night and protected the ball like he should. Let’s win!” Blake continued, “On the other hand, the defense had a couple of cashews, getting burned in the secondary. I will be having a meeting of the mines with (Defensive Coordinator) Coach Thorp on Monday morning. Let’s win!”
Next up for the Plovers, seventh ranked Arizona.
|How They Scored:|
|1st Quarter||1:53 TD Plovers: D. Johnson 7 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|2nd Quarter||2:31 TD Plovers: B. Ford 15 yd pass from J. Richardson (Kick failed)|
|0:35 TD Plovers: B. Moyer 30 yd pass from J. Richardson (2 point)|
|0:13 TD Plovers: B. Moyer 11 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|3rd Quarter||4:27 TD Blazers: M. Wiggins 66 yd pass from C. Woods (A. Grover kick)|
|1:52 TD Plovers: K. McDonald 1 yd (B. Todd kick)|
|4th Quarter||4:32 TD Blazers: C. Davis 8 yd pass from C. Woods (A. Grover kick)|
|0:57 TD Plovers: J. May 2 yd (B. Todd kick)|
|4-10||3rd Down Conv||4-5|
|1-2||4th Down Conv||2-2|