Waubun's run ends in 9-man football with lopsided loss to Ada-Borup
GRAND FORKS -- Waubun opened the Minnesota Section 6 9-man championship game by successfully recovering its own onside kick.
That was the only thing that didn't go as planned for Ada-Borup on Friday afternoon.
The Cougars scored 43 first-half points and steamrolled Waubun 50-6 at the Alerus Center to advance to their second-straight Minnesota state 9-man tournament.
Ada-Borup will open the state tournament against the winner of Section 5 on Friday at 7 p.m. in Duluth.
"That's the way it has been all season," said Ada-Borup coach Nathan Brager, whose team remains undefeated at 10-0. "When one phase of our game is struggling, another phase picks it up."
The rout was old hat for the Cougars, who have won every game by at least 35 points this season. Ada-Borup also has scored at least 47 points in all 10 games.
"Everything was clicking," said Ada-Borup quarterback Spencer Ruebke, who had a hand in five touchdowns. "We feel confident giving the ball to anyone."
Ada-Borup scored on every possession of the first half, including a point in which the Cou-gars scored touchdowns on three consecutive plays.
Ada-Borup started the scoring with a 13-yard run by Ruebke midway through the first quarter. On Waubun's next possession, Ruebke intercepted Bombers' quarterback James Ritterman and returned it 50 yards for a 14-0 lead.
The Cougars' next three scores came in a hurry. The barrage started on the last play of the first quarter when Aaron Olson scored on a 21-yard screen pass from Ruebke. After a turn-over on downs by Waubun to start the second quarter, Ada-Borup's first offensive play was a 35-yard Bill Atwood touchdown run. Waubun fumbled three plays later and Ada-Borup scored again on its first play with a Yuri Johnson 22-yard catch from Ruebke.
The three quick strikes gave the Cougars a 36-0 lead with 7:56 left in the second quarter.
"We don't have one star on this team," Brager said. "But I don't feel like we have a single weak player out there. We're about 15 to 20 deep. We have 12 guys that play at a very high level and about eight that we can bring in and play well."
The Cougars' offense was balanced.
Atwood led Ada-Borup rushers with 82 yards, followed by Olson with 73 and Johnson with 61.
Ruebke was 5-of-6 passing for 89 yards. Three of Ruebke's five completions went for touch-downs and he had another long touchdown pass called back for holding.
After being knocked out of the state tournament in the semifinals last season, the Cougars have higher expectations this year.
"Last year, I think we were satisfied to just get there," Ruebke said. "This year we want more."