Red Knights lose to Fridley Tigers in first away game

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Andrew Birkeland, Staff Writer

The Red Knights’ first away game of the 2012 season did not go as planned as they suffered a 51-21 loss to the Fridley Tigers on Friday, September 14. The Tigers’ speed and timely big plays prevented the Red Knights from getting back into the game and gaining positive momentum.

The Red Knights scored first on a 49 yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Keaton Studsrud. The Tigers quickly countered, returning the ensuing kickoff 85 yards, but failed on their two-point conversion, giving BSM the 7-6 lead. Senior captain Mikey Koller scored from 64 yards out giving the Red Knights great momentum heading into the second quarter.

After a Fridley field goal the Red Knights drove and were at the Tigers’ two yard line when an untimely fumble was picked up by Fridley and returned deep into Red Knight territory, changing the momentum of the game in Fridley’s favor.

Fridley scored 24 points in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 30-21 lead. The Tigers’ defense prevented the Red Knights from scoring in the second half, while their offense scored three touchdowns to put the game out of reach. When the final horn sounded, the Tigers had a 51-21 victory over the Red Knights.

Keaton Studsrud lead the Red Knight offense with 230 yards rushing and two touchdowns. However, the star of the game was Fridley’s quarterback, junior Nick Rathke. Rathke threw for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns, while running for one touchdown as well.

The Red Knights fall to 1-2 for the season and will face the Saint Francis Fighting Saints for another away game on Friday, September 21.