Triton righted the ship this past Saturday as they rolled past the Cotter Ramblers in a rare early season afternoon game in Winona. The game was pushed back because the Winona State University football game moved to a Thursday night, bumping the women's soccer game to Friday night and consequently the high school game back to Saturday. The experience was positive except for the fact that the heat on the turf during the game exceeded 100 degrees.
The Cobras struck on their first possession after forcing the Ramblers into a three and out. Senior running back Patrick Ramirez scampered in from seven yards out to gain the early lead. The point after touchdown kick was short. Ramirez picked up his second rushing touchdown on the day on the first play of the second quarter, this time from eight yards out and the missed extra point put the score at 12-0.
Triton's defense played stellar football allowing only three yards rushing in the first half of play. Senior linebackers Evan McNeilus and Corey Nicklay led the charge with seven tackles apiece. McNeilus, Cameron Marquardt and John Tate all contributed sacks of the Rambler quarterback during the game.
Ramirez scored his third touchdown on a fourteen yard pass from quarterback Zach Otto with a little over a minute to play in the half. Otto completed one other pass on the game, a nineteen yard strike to Jordan Deno in the second half.
Kylo Courteau picked up his first touchdown of the season when he rambled for 19 yards midway through the third quarter to extend the Triton lead to 24-0. The reserves punched the last score across the end line with 18 seconds to play in the game when Hector Bugarin covered 22 yards on a fourth down play.
The Cobras open the home portion of their schedule next Friday night when they entertain former Three Rivers opponent Lewiston Altura at Wally Hitt Field. Game time is scheduled at 7 p.m. Triton's record stands at 1-1 while the Cardinals are off to an 0-2 start after falling to Pine Island this past Friday night.