Saturday, September 29, 2012

18th straight win on our home turf!

1968 yellow Corvette what a nice ride!

Homecoming week has come and gone but we have lots of memories!  The 3 youngest Elliott boys came to see the oldest 3 Elliott boys.  Dalton threw for 2 td's and ran one in and had one fumble recovery. Tanner ran in 2 td's and had one pick in win over Randolph 38-14.  Next week we head down the road to JWP.  Always a battle with the Bulldogs.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homecoming 2012

This week the boyz have homecoming and Tanner was a senior candidate with classmate Megan .  What a great honor and as you can tell everyone is having a great time.  Dalton and his teammate Matt had a great Raider Day skit.  We are all ready to take on Randoff and the boyz are ready to try some new plays.  Rankings are out and the Radiers have a QRF rating is #1 baby.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nicollet gets defensive in 9-Man football win over Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Cleveland was controlling the football and playing physically, which was the worst-case scenario for Nicollet.

But an early goal-line stand showed that the smaller Raiders could play defense.

“That was huge,” Nicollet coach Tom Murphy said. “Cleveland is big and physical, and they really took control up front on that first drive. But to come out of that first half without giving up any points, that was big.”

Nicollet used big plays to offset Cleveland’s time of possession advantage to win 28-14 in a Southern Confederacy nine-man game Friday night at Cleveland.

Cleveland had 78 plays, including 54 rushes, while Nicollet had only 49 plays. However, Nicollet had two more yards in total offense.

“Their time of possession advantage was huge,” Murphy said. “But we made some big plays. This team isn’t as fast as last year’s team, but we still run pretty well.”

In the first quarter, Cleveland had a 14-play drive that covered 61 yards and took more than five minutes, but the Raiders held on a fourth down at the 6, setting the tone for most of the game.

“Our defense is like a family,” senior linebacker Tanner Elliott said. “We all run to the ball, and we trust each other. We don’t get that stop if we don’t trust each other.”

In the second quarter, Nicollet scored first on a 30-yard pass from receiver Evan Guffey to tight end Jay Hendrycks, and Matt Fischer’s PAT kick made it 7-0 with 4:53 left before halftime.

Before the end of the half, Nicollet added another touchdown on Tanner Elliott’s 1-yard run. The score was set up by a 49-yard pass from Dalton Elliott to Guffey.

Nicollet made it 22-0 in the third quarter on a 3-yard run  by Tanner Elliott, one play after Dalton Elliott passed 20 yards to Guffey.

“The offensive line did a great job tonight,” Tanner Elliott said. “They really set the tempo.”

Cleveland’s first score came on the last play of the third quarter on a 4-yard run by Joe Green.

Nicollet answered with a 3-yard pass from Dalton Elliott to Guffey, and Cleveland ended the scoring on a 2-yard pass from Josh Plonsky to Spencer Davies.

Dalton Elliott completed 7 of 17 passes for 190 yards, and Guffey had five receptions for 174 yards.

“Dalton did a good job of keeping plays alive and making things happen,” Murphy said.

Cleveland had 176 yards on 54 rushing attempts. Plonsky rushed for 55 yards and passed for 97 yards.

Cleveland (3-1) plays Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman on Friday, while Nicollet (4-0) hosts Randolph.

“Our goal at every practice is to get better at something,” Tanner Elliott said. “Conditioning, blocking, tackling. After tonight, we have to work on pursuing and wrapping up.”

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Week 4 - Raiders start the year 4 - 0
It was the hardest hitting game of the season and the Raiders were ready to play.  Tanner had 21 tackles and Dalton had 3 interceptions on defense.  On offense Tanner had 2 rushing TD's and Dalton throw for a TD.  The RV made it's maiden Raider tailgate run and it appears a good time was had before the game.  Over the past 3 years as the AD Tamara has made some friends from the area schools and Cleveland in particular.  So the rivalry week started with trash texting last Saturday and ended with Nicollet winning it's 7th varsity game versus Cleveland in a row.  For Tanner it was 10 - 0 versus Cleveland going all the way back to 7th grade.  This coming Friday will be Nicollet's Homecoming and festivities start Sunday with the coronation of the king and queen.  Tanner is one of the king candidates and Tamara has lined up a yellow 68 Corvette convertible for the half parade.  Weather is suppose to be 75 and sunny, so should be a great night for a football game.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Week 3 Nicollet 28 - WWG 12 - Tabor came home from school to help do the defensive stats for the game, after being the fill-in videographer for last weeks game.
Best team Nicollet has faced so far this season.  The Chargers can to hit and it was a hard fought contest.  The Elliott boyz combined for 198 yards rushing (Tanner - 102 & Dalton 96) and both had a rushing TD.  Dalton also threw for 126 yards with a TD.  WWG scored both their TD's on special teams mistakes, one on a bad snap over punters head and one on a blocked punt.  Offensively they could get nothing going against a very swarming Nic defense.  At one point the coach in the both was overheard telling the head coach if we can't block that #40 (Tanner) we are not going to be able to run outside.  Bottom picture is Tanner after a hard 4 yard run and he broke 2 snaps on his chinstrap on the hit.  New HS rules, if a player loses his helmet he needs to come off for 1 play and with it being 4th a goal from the 3 yard line and no RB, coach took a knee with 1:07 on the clock and a 16 point lead.  Def. finished the game out and the celebration was on.  This is the 1st time Nic has beaten WWG 3 years in a row, with 2 of 3 coming on their field.
Next week is the Hwy 99 battle as the Raiders travel 16 miles to Cleveland for the annual battle with the Clippers.  Nic is currently on a 6 game win streak versus the Clippers and looking to make it 7.  Tanner has never lost to the Clippers at any level of Football and he is going to make sure the rest of the Raiders are ready to go out with a perfect record.  Cleveland is much improved this year and it will be two 3-0 teams going at it.  Only one will be 4-0.

Week 2 Nicollet 35 - Madelia 8
Very nice game for the Raiders as they took it to the conference rival Blackhawks.  Dalton had a nice night throwing the ball, with 4 TD's and zero int's.  Tanner with limited carriers had 70 yards and a TD.  Nice defensive night as the Raiders shutdown the Blackhawk passing game and forced them to run the ball with very limited success.  Big win with no injuries, what more can you ask for.
I'm so taking credit for the latest fb art project!  and yes if my kids had a tatoo it would read I luv MOM

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Raider's open with a win!

Tanner had 129yards rushing Thusday night with one TD in our win over South West United.