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No. 5 Ulen-Hitterdahl defeats No. 2 Ada-Borup
Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/15/2011 12:39:14 PM

Story and Photo By Nick Wagner
Ada-Borup Student Sports Information Director

Explosives filled the sky over the John Otto football field Friday night in Ulen. But the fireworks came only after a Spartan touchdown; and Calvin Oberg kept the pyrotechnicians busy with his own onslaught of explosives.

Oberg rushed for a total of 212 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 5-ranked Ulen-Hitterdal (6-0) to a 33-6 upset over No. 2-ranked Ada-Borup (6-1). Continuing their best record since 2004's season record of 9 wins and 2 losses.

Ulen-Hitterdal's strong running attack and big offensive line up front controlled the game's pace from start to finish.

"Offensively it's no surprise what we do," Ulen-Hitterdal coach Dustin Flaten said. "We run the ball. And tonight our offensive line took care of their job up front and our running backs ran hard."

Ulen-Hitterdal's rushing game dominated an Ada-Borup defense that had given up only 39 points in it's previous six games, totaling 339 rushing yards.

"Ulen-Hitterdal physically beat us up," Ada-Borup coach Nathan Brager said. "They got it done up front while we didn't."

Ada-Borup scored the game's first points, as rushes by Lance Ruebke and Ian Halle mixed with quick-outs to Mitchell Ruebke led to a 6-0 advantage.

It took just 53 seconds for Ulen-Hitterdal to respond, as Oberg broke loose for a 62 yard touchdown. Following an interception, Oberg then ran for a 48-yard quarter-ending score, starting the scoring spree Ulen-Hitterdal went on.

Missed opportunities to stop the scoring frenzy by Ada-Borup was it's achilles. Ada-Borup couldn't convert three times while in the red-zone, once failing to score from 8 yards out before turning the ball over on downs, while another drive was cut short as Spartan Troy Peterson intercepted a pass at the two-yard line.

"We left points on the field," Brager said. "When we got down in the redzone, we just weren't able to get our passes where they needed to be for scores."

Passes that Ulen-Hitterdal was prepared for, as throws from Jace Hennen were disrupted and twice intercepted by Spartan defenders.

"Our defense is known for stopping the run," Flaten said. "With that being said, we knew we'd get pestered with their passing game, but our guys answered well with big plays to get our offense back on the field."

And once Ulen-Hitterdal's offense returned to the field, so did the fireworks, of Oberg's, and the pyro's.

"Oberg is a tough-nosed kid," Flaten said. "He is a heck of a football player and he runs the ball 100% every time he's called on and he sure showed that tonight."


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