Football: Spectrum tops MN Deaf 20-12

The Spectrum Sting defeated Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf 20-12 at Faribault in their regular-season finale on Tuesday afternoon.

The Sting are 2-6, while the MSAD Trojans are 5-2. MSAD normally plays 8-man football against deaf schools from other states.

“We really enjoyed playing with Spectrum, and I’m glad that we made the first touchdown in the beginning of the game,” MSAD coach Kevin Rademacher told the Faribault Daily News. “In the first half we struggled with our 11-man offense.”

Spectrum has beaten MSAD in the regular-season finale the last two years.

MSAD got a three-yard touchdown from Tommy Ellenbacker after recovering a Sting fumble at the three-yard-line in the first quarter. Their other TD was a 72-yard kick return by Junior Peters.

Shane Herrlin scored two touchdowns for Spectrum on runs of five and 10 yards, and caught a two-point conversion from Ben Maki. Josiah Bondy had the other TD on a pass from Maki from 20 yards out.

The Sting rushed for almost 400 yards, with Herrlin carrying 30 times for 195 yards and Maki carrying 29 times for 171 yards.

Spectrum will start playoffs next Tuesday.