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Turnovers fuel fast start for Blaine in rout of Cretin-Derham Hall

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 09/21/18, 9:45PM CDT


The second-ranked Bengals converted four first-quarter turnovers in 21 points en route to a 56-20 victory.

Blaine receiver Peyton Downey (83) bobbled the ball but made a first down reception in the first half despite defensive efforts by Cretin-Derham Hall's Jaison Moore (8). Photo: AARON LAVINSKY ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Say this for Cretin-Derham Hall: The Raiders know how to make a visitor feel welcome.

The Raiders turned over the ball four times in a nightmarish first quarter and Blaine turned those gifts into 21 points as the Bengals cruised to a 56-20 victory Friday at O’Shaughnessy Field at the University of St. Thomas.

“You get the momentum going and that makes a big deal,” Blaine coach Ben Geisler said. “High school football is a short game and momentum is everything. We were able to capitalize right away and get that momentum.”

Cretin-Derham Hall’s 12-minute ordeal began on its third play from scrimmage.

Danny Callahan’s pass was tipped and intercepted by Blaine cornerback D.J. Gurley. Three plays later, Blaine quarterback Jack Haring scooted 11 yards up the middle for a 7-0 Bengals lead.

First report

Blaine took advantage of four first-quarter turnovers, bolting out to a 21-point lead, and was never threatened thereafter, crushing Cretin-Derham Hall 56-20.

Quarterback Jack Haring ran for three touchdowns and passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals (4-0), ranked No. 2 in the metro.

Check back later for more on the game played Friday at O'Shaughnessy Stadium at the University of St. Thomas.

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