Storm Lake wins season opener over Braves

August 30, 2019 10:03pm

The Storm Lake Tornadoes ran past Cherokee Friday night 41-6 in the season opener for both teams in a game played at Tornado stadium.  Kole Wiegert ran the ball 16 times for 113 yards and a pair of one yard touchdowns and Colton Dreith had 14 carries for 105 yards and a score as the Tornadoes totaled 391 yards rushing on 51 attempts.

Ben Raveling put the Tornadoes on the board first with a 15 yard touchdown run capping off a six-play 80 yard touchdown drive the point after attempt was no good and it was a 6-0 lead.  Wiegert then recovered a Braves fumble to give Storm Lake the ball right back and eight plays later he would take it in from a yard out to make it a 13-0 lead.  Cherokee's only touchdown came on a 25 yard TD pass from Alex Paulsrud to Ryan Hurd and it was 13-6 but the Tornadoes came back with a score late in the first half when Drieth took it in from 16 yards out and it was 20-6 at the break.

Storm Lake then dominated the 3rd quarter outscoring the Braves 21-0 and the defense gave up only one first down continually giving the offense great field position.

Jesus Soto capped the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run, Soto had a good night running the ball too as he had eight rushes for 81 yards.  David Soto, in his first varsity start at quarterback, was 6-for-10 through the air and threw a 24 yard touchdown to Jailen Hansen in the 3rd quarter, he was intercepted once.

Storm Lake had 475 yards of offense while Cherokee had just 159.  Pualsrud finished 10-for-33 for 146 yards and one pick (by Tate Mattson).  Last night's win was the 9th for Storm Lake in the last 10 meetings with the Braves.

Storm Lake will now play at Alta-Aurelia next Friday at Aurelia, the Warriors won their season opencer 27-7 at Lawton-Bronson.

After the game Storm Lake head coach Rudy Wieck said this.