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Cardinals ready to play

After a rugged 4-game stretch against teams destined for the playoffs, Forreston’s football team entered a kinder, gentler part of its schedule.

East Dubuque (1-5) came into Cardinal Stadium and left with a 40-7 beat down. An equally easy opponent awaits this Friday at Galena.

Against East Dubuque, Forreston (4-1, 5-1) wasted little time in revving up its high-powered offense.

Garett Badertscher opened the scoring with a 37-yard touchdown run. AJ Christensen made it 14-0 after one quarter with a 58-yard run.

In the second quarter, Christensen caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Daws, who ended with 3-for-5 passing. Gavin Fuchs then ran in for his second 2-point conversion of the game for a 22-0 lead.

Evan Kelsey upped the lead to 28-0 on a 15-yard run, as East Dubuque defenders looked helpless in stopping Cardinal runners.

It became 34-0 before half on a 12-yard touchdown by Daws. The final points were scored early in the third quarter on a 19-yard Kelsey touchdown.

After that, Forreston’s second and third units saw time and the Warriors tacked on a meaningless fourth quarter score.

Badertscher had 74 yards rushing on only three carries, while Christensen had 69 yards on two totes and Kelsey 49 yards on three carries.

Leading the way on defense were Fuchs, Badertscher, Cade Kuelling, Ethan Mulder and Derreck Vince with six tackles each.

For the year, Fuchs, Christensen and Kelsey are all averaging 10 yards or more per carry. Badertscher, Joe Bowers and Mulder are next in rushing yardage.

Christensen leads the team in scoring with 68 points, followed by Fuchs with 42 and Kelsey with 40.

Forreston is outscoring its opponents at a 38-12 clip.

On defense, it is Christensen on top with four interceptions and 48 tackles. His defensive backfield mate Fuchs is close behind with 46 tackles and Badertscher 43 from his linebacker spot.

Other leaders are Kuelling with 38, Kelsey 29, Hunter Rogers 25 and Sam Barkalow 24.

Skylar Regez and Barkalow have a combined for seven sacks and 10 tackles for losses.

In the NUIC, Lena-Winslow (6-0) has sole possession of first place, with Forreston and Dakota next at 4-1. Close behind is EPC (4-2) and West Carroll (3-2), rounding out Northwest division teams likely to be in the playoffs.

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