By PATRICK SLACK
With the game scoreless after the opening 12 minutes, the Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) football team erupted for 33 points in the next two quarters en route to a 33-15 win over visiting New York Mills, Aug. 30.
Senior Austin Mollner opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter, followed by a 3-yard rushing score from junior Mitch Lange that he followed by running in the two-point conversion, giving USA a 14-0 halftime advantage.
Lange picked up where he left off early in the third quarter with a powerful 33-yard touchdown rush.
Mollner and senior Tren Dinius capped the scoring for the Patriots with touchdown runs from 12 and eight yards out, respectively, to end the third quarter.
New York Mills finally found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter, but by then USA had built more than enough cushion to preserve the win.
Lange finished as the top rusher for USA, picking up 115 yards on the ground on 116 carries, trailed closely by Mollner, who amassed 96 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Defensively, Lange had seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery, with senior Avery Smieja making six tackles and forcing a fumble.
The USA defense put together a solid overall game, head coach Jay Loven said, with the offensive line playing very well, especially in the third quarter.