Triton running back Patrick Ramirez had seven carries for 104 yards and two TD’s.
Photos by Chuck Rhodes
By Bruce Huber
Triton traveled to Kenyon-Wanamingo on Friday night to take on the Knights during their homecoming festivities. The Cobras hit pay dirt on their second offensive play when senior running back Patrick Ramirez scampered in from 34 yards out to set the tone for the evening. Ethan Otterbein kicked the extra point to extend the lead to seven with just 42 ticks gone off the clock. Zach Otto plowed his way across from six yards out with 2:50 remaining in the quarter to increase the difference to 13 points.
The second quarter found Triton stopping the Knights offense on drive after drive but the Cobra offense was unable to sustain a drive due to self-inflicted penalties. With time running out in the half KW turned the ball over to the Cobras and Triton took advantage of the short field by scoring on a Max Henderson draw play from 22 yards out with 41 seconds to play. The Knights turned the ball over on its next offensive play and Triton once again took advantage. Seth Johnson scored on a reverse from 16 yards out just 19 seconds after Henderson's score to extend the halftime lead to 25 with Otterbein's extra point kick.
Kenyon-Wanamingo ended the half with 23 yards rushing and no passing yards. The one first down they picked up came on a face mask penalty late in the first quarter. Bradley Myers and Stacy Jackson led the defensive effort with nine tackles each.
The Cobras picked up where they left off in the third quarter when Ramirez picked up his second tally of the night on a 35 yard run with 10:05 remaining in the third quarter. Junior running back Kylo Courteau rambled across from eight yards out with 6:04 to play in the third and Dakota Hester finished up the Triton scoring with a two yard run with 3:03 left in the third. Otterbein kicked the extra points on Courteau and Hester's touchdowns to convert four of seven PAT's on the night.
Fourteen different running backs touched the ball Friday night with Patrick Ramirez leading the charge with seven carries for 103 yards. Triton ended up with 46 rushing attempts for 313 yards for an average of 6.8 yards per carry. Jax Bryngelson completed the only pass attempt on the night to Hester for nine yards. The Knights were 0-5 passing.
The Cobra's record moves to 6-1 and can win the inaugural Southern Football Alliance White Division title with a win over Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Wednesday. The Cougars are coming off a loss to Pine Island this past Friday night.