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Big running attack helps Titans blank Cubs

CHAMBERLAIN--Mount Vernon/Plankinton only attempted one pass on Friday. One proved to be more than enough. MVP blanked Chamberlain 52-0 to spoil the Cubs' Homecoming at Don Giese Field in Chamberlain. Behind bruising running back Jesse Hastings, ...

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Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Jesse Hastings runs away from Chamberlain's Remmington Rossow on Friday in Chamberlain. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

CHAMBERLAIN-Mount Vernon/Plankinton only attempted one pass on Friday.

One proved to be more than enough.

MVP blanked Chamberlain 52-0 to spoil the Cubs' Homecoming at Don Giese Field in Chamberlain. Behind bruising running back Jesse Hastings, the Titans (4-3) outmanned the Cubs (2-5) in the dominating victory, piling up 313 rushing yards on 44 attempts.

"Our line was just killing it," Hastings said. "The plays were just flowing. I can't be any more happy for how our line played."

Hastings rushed for 103 yards and scored two touchdowns, including a 40-yard run in the second quarter. He was constantly shedding tackles and running through and around Cubs.

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"We couldn't tackle him," Chamberlain coach Dan Olson said. "He is a big, strong, physical kid. He just doesn't go down."

He wasn't the only Titan to run all over the Cubs. Hayden Haak scored two touchdowns and Dane Rihanek added a pair of rushing scores. Weston Tobin scored early in the third quarter to end the game via the 50-point mercy rule. Haak had 56 rushing yards and Tobin had 45 yards.

"It's really hard in high school football if you can't run the football," MVP coach Brent Olson said. "So we thought our guys did a nice job. They are huge up front, big, athletic guys and we thought our kids did a nice job using their athleticism to block them."

The Titans defense was just as solid on Friday. MVP blocked a Chamberlain punt on the opening drive of the game and it spelled the beginning of the end for the Cubs.

"Once they blocked that punt, it just took the winds out of our sails," Dan Olson said. "They jumped all over us and we couldn't recover."

Haak scored a touchdown after the blocked punt and Hastings added a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Hunter Pranger set-up Hastings' touchdown with an interception.

Rihanek scored twice in the second quarter, while Hastings and Haak both had touchdowns to make it 46-0 at halftime. Tobin's 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter ended it.

Chamberlain quarterback had a tough night, with just 45 passing yards on 4-for-16 attempts. Jett Evans had 21 rushing yards for the Chamberlain.

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The win gives MVP some breathing room for a playoff spot in Class 11B Region 4 standings. The Titans were just ahead of the Cubs for playoff positioning entering the game, holding the second-most points in Class 11B for teams seeking a wild-card spot.

But Brent Olson stressed to the team after the game how there's still one more regular-season game to play. The Titans play at Beresford on Oct. 13.

"Two double-wing teams," Brent Olson said of his team and Beresford. "It is going to be a short game. You don't know how many possessions you are going to get."

The Cubs host Stanley County on Oct. 13.

"We need to come back after this game and show up again," Dan Olson said. "Show some pride and show some heart."

Scoring summary

First quarter

MVP: Hayden Haak 1 run (Dane Rihanek run)

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MVP: Jesse Hastings 12 run (Hastings run)

Second quarter

MVP: Haak 8 run (Hastings run)

MVP: Rihanek 5 run (Haak run)

MVP: Hastings 40 run (Rihanek run)

MVP: Rihanek 6 run (kick failed)

Third quarter

MVP: Weston Tobin 11 run

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