Aronson runs roughshod over Colts

Ray Maloney, Sports
Journal Photo/Ray Maloney
Eric Haugland (9) leads a pack of Lakota-Adams-Edmore defenders in bringing down Richland’s Daniel Julson during first quarter action Tuesday as the Raiders blanked the Colts 32-0 to open the 2009 high school football season in North Dakota.

LAKOTA – It didn’t take long for Tate Aronson to make his presence known. Richland would just as soon have never met his acquaintance.   

Aronson, a junior, rushed for 179 yards and and scored three touchdowns as Lakota-Adams-Edmore opened the 2009 football season with a convincing 32-0 win over Richland Tuesday.

“We came out and played hard,” said Aronson, who carried 20 times for the Raiders in the season opener. “It’s big to start the season out on a strong note. We’ve got a chance to do some good things this season and we got after it (Tuesday).”

It didn’t take long for those good things to begin taking shape for Aronson and the Raiders.

Aronson carried on each of the first two plays from scrimmage and busted off runs of 15 and 14 yards. Jordan Kuchar rambled for 30 yards of his own as L-A-E moved deep into Richland territory.

The drive was briefly stalled when Aronson fumbled for the first of two times on the night.

“That’s something I need to get better at,” Aronson said, with a chuckle after the game.

Aronson managed to corral his own fumble and ran the ball on each of the next three plays to move the ball to the Richland 8. From there, QB Seth Kuchar rolled to his right and found Jacob Haman in the end zone for a sliding catch to put the Raiders on the board for the first time this season.

The drive went for 79 yards in eight plays and consumed just 3:01 of the opening period.

Aronson found the end zone for the first time on the Raiders’ next possession when he ran in from eight yards out with 1:22 remaining to put L-A-E in front 12-0.

Lakota, which is teaming with Adams-Edmore for the first time this season, added two more scores in the second quarter and led 24-0 at halftime.

Aronson added his second TD of the game with 8:37 left in the period when he scampered in from five yards out and Kuchar plowed in from one yard out for the second score of the period.

Aronson scored the lone TD of the second half when he went in from three yards out with 8:17 left in the third period. Unlike each of the first four touchdowns, the Raiders managed to tack on the conversion when Tate run in for the PAT.

While L-A-E coach Joe Harder was pleased with the offensive performance of his team in the season opener, he made it clear attention will be given to defense in the coming days.

“Our run defense was shaky,” said Harder, whose team plays Saturday at Benson County. “We didn’t know what to really prepare for, but we made some adjustments and were able to get some good pressure on (Richland’s) quarterback.”

L-A-E limited Richland to just three total yards on four first-half possessions. The Colts did manage to pick up some substantial yardage in the second half, but were never able to find the end zone against the Raiders.

“It was very important for us to come out and play well,” said Harder. “It’s important to get off on a strong note. We don’t have any all-stars, but I was pleased with the way we played for the most part.”

    Score by Quarter

Richland        0       0       0       0        -       0 Lakota-A-E   12     12      8        0         -      32

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

L-A-E     Jacob Haman 8 pass from Seth Kuchar (run failed), 8:59.

L-A-E       Tate Aronson 8 run (pass failed), 1:22.

Second Quarter

L-A-E       Aronson 5 run (run failed), 8:37.

L-A-E       Kuchar 1 run (run failed).

Third Quarter

L-A-E       Aronson 3 run (Tate run), 8:17.

Fourth Quarter

No Scoring