by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The first-year Spectrum Sting football team scored its first two touchdowns of the season and gave St. Paul Humboldt a good battle before falling 24-14 on Friday afternoon in St. Paul.
“The kids were excited to have a competitive game,” said coach Brett Wedlund, “but at the same time, they felt they should have finished better and won the game.”
Down 18-14, the Sting looked like they might take the lead when Shane Herrlin broke away on a long run with four minutes left, but he was caught from behind by a cornerback at the Humboldt 25 after advancing 50 yards.
“Then we had a false start penalty and couldn’t get another first down,” said Wedlund.
Humboldt was able to drive for a clinching touchdown on an eight-yard pass play.
Spectrum, in its first year of football by itself (they had a paired team with PACT in 2009), lost its opener to Kimball 49-0 last week.
But the Sting got on the board first at Humboldt as Ben Maki took a short pass from Tristen Rosby on the sideline, cut against the grain, eluded two tacklers and sped 40 yards to the end zone, in the second quarter.
Humboldt took a 12-6 lead before halftime on a touchdown run and an interception return, then scored again on a short run in the third period. They failed on pass plays on all four PATs.
Spectrum pulled within 18-14 with a 65-yard march capped by Christian Benolkin’s one-yard run and a conversion run by Rosby in the third quarter.
Wedlund said the Sting had a steady ground game, keyed by the blocking of 185-pound center Niki Mayer. The defensive unit made two interceptions, by Eric Hanson and Logan Collett (his was on a PAT attempt).
Spectrum had only 21 players when pre-season practice started but is up to 31 now. Wedlund said they had eight players going both ways at Kimball but only three or four doing double duty at Humboldt.
The Sting will have their home opener next Friday against West Lutheran at 4 p.m. That will also be Homecoming, as the team has only two home games on the schedule.
Humboldt 24, Spectrum 14
Spectrum …….. 0 6 8 0 — 14
Humboldt ……. 0 12 6 6 — 24
Spec—Ben Maki 40 pass from Tristen Rosby (pass failed)
Hum—Dominique Khamarath 5 run (pass failed)
Hum—Devon Massie 25 interception return (pass failed)
Hum—Dwight Cannon 2 run (pass failed)
Spec—Christian Benolkin 1 run (Rosby run)
Hum—Adrian Romero 8 pass from Khamarath (pass failed)