Great defense not enough for R-S in district opener: Norsemen are shut out at Forest City, 15-0

Joe Randleman
Story City Herald
Jimmy Philipsen (54) was a valuable contributor  at running back and on defense for Roland-Story in 2020.

FOREST CITY - A great defensive effort wasn’t enough for the Roland-Story in a 15-0 loss to Forest City Friday.

The Norsemen struggled to move the ball all game, finishing with just 108 yards. But the defense did all it could to keep the team in the game - shutting out Forest City for over three quarters.

Forest City didn’t get on the board until a Roland-Story mistake on special teams three minutes into the fourth quarter. Forest City blocked a punt into the end zone for a safety to go up 2-0.

The Indians got the ball on the ensuing possession and Reese Moore broke free on a 40-yard touchdown run to put them up 8-0. Roland-Story couldn’t answer on offense and Moore struck again with 3:11 left, this time breaking free for a 50-yard scoring scamper to sew up the game.

In addition to their inability to move the football the Norsemen also turned the ball over twice. They also were hurt by penalties - committing 14 for 103 yards.

“Offensively, it was tough sledding all night,” Roland-Story head coach Matt Finn said. “Forest City was stout inside and field position along with the elements made things trickier. We found ourselves behind the chains with some costly penalties that will be cleaned up.”

The loss put Roland-Story at 0-3 and the Norsemen are 0-1 to start Class 2A District  3. But Finn was proud of the effort after suffering lopsided losses to South Hamilton and Nevada to open the season.

“Really happy with the game plan and execution on the defensive side of the ball,” Finn said. “Coach Janes has our guys ready to play. They caught us out of position late a couple times, but we held them under 100 yards of total offense through the first three quarters, so we grew up a lot there.”

Roland-Story also hung tough despite the loss of its best player to injury. Running back and linebacker Zach Twedt - an Iowa verbal commit - suffered a dislocated shoulder and might be lost for the season.

“I’m so proud of how Zach handled himself through a very difficult situation on Friday,” Finn said. “You never wish a situation like this on anyone, but I am confident in Zach. He will maintain optimism and do what is in his control on the path to full recovery.” 

Roland-Story running back Zach Twedt runs past Forest City's for some yards during the Norsemen's 15-0 loss to the Indians Friday in Forest City. Twedt suffered a separated shoulder later in the game and is hoping for a speedy recovery.

Twedt had 4.5 tackles and an interception on defense Friday. Adam McIlrath and Jackson Sterle both made 5.5 stops and Kade Lande and Dylan Kahl five apiece for the Norsemen.

On offense Twedt ran for 57 yards and Jimmy Philipsen added 19 yards on the ground. McIlrath caught three balls for 17 yards and also ran for 11 yards and quarterback Luke Patton threw for 27 yards.

Forest City improved to 1-2 overall and started off 1-0 in the district. Moore ran for 158 yards, Carter Bruckhoff threw for 96 yards and ran for 18, Truman Knudtson made three receptions for 33 yards, Brock Moore caught three balls for 22 yards and Kellen Moore finished with four catches for 21 yards.

Noah Miller had 6.5 tackles and an interception, Austin Kirschbaum picked off a pass and Reese Moore and Andrew Snyder both had 2.5 of Forest City’s eight sacks on defense.

Roland-Story’s next game is against West Marshall (2-1, 1-0). The game takes place at 7:30 p.m. This Friday in Story City.

Forest City 15, Roland-Story 0

RS    0    0   0     0 - 0

FC    0    0   0    15 - 15


Fourth quarter

FC - Safety (blocked punt), 9:13.

FC - Reese Moore 40 run (pass failed), 8:00.

FC - Moore 50 run (Devin Alamysa kick), 3:11.

Team statistics R-S FC

First downs 4 10

Rushes-yards 34-81 29-187

Passing 6-20-2 13-33-1

Passing yards 27 96

Total yards 108 283

Fumbles lost 0 0

Punts-average 11-37.3 10-31.4

Penalties-yards 14-103 4-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: RS - Zach Twedt 10-57, Jimmy Philipsen 9-19, Adam McIlrath 4-11, Luke Patton 11-(-6). FC - Reese Moore 21-158, Carter Bruckhoff 3-18, Brock Sobek 4-13, Kellen Moore 1-(-2).

Passing: RS - Patton 6-20-2-27. FC - Bruckhoff 13-33-1-96.

Receiving: RS - McIlrath 3-17, Carter Flattebo 1-4, Twedt 1-3, Kaleb Brendeland 1-3. FC - Truman Knudtson 3-33, Brock Moore 2-22, K. Moore 4-21, Dawson Urbatsch 1-8, Brandon Leber 1-6, Michael Olson 1-6.

Tackles: RS - McIlrath 5.5, Jackson Sterle 5.5, Kade Lande 5, Dylan Kahl 5, Twedt 4.5. FC - R. Moore 6.5, Sobek 6.5, Noah Miller 6.5, Andrew Snyder 6, Kaden Hagy 5.

Sacks: FC - R. Moore 2.5, Snyder 2.5, Hagy, Olson, Xavior Holland.

Interceptions: RS - Twedt. FC - Miller, Austin Kirschbaum.