Junior Tackle: Rochelle teams battle Sterling on the road
Eighth-graders remain perfect as seventh-graders record bounce-back win
STERLING — The Rochelle Junior Tackle teams faced Sterling on the road Saturday, finishing 2-1-1 over four games. Rochelle will take on Dixon next weekend at Helms Park. The eighth-graders won 38-6 to remain undefeated at 4-0 on the season, while the seventh-graders won 38-6 to improve to 3-0-1. The sixth-graders dropped to 2-2 with a 14-0 loss and the fifth-graders moved to 2-1-1 with a 14-14 tie.
Caiden Redlarczyk scored five touchdowns for the Rochelle offense in the win, rushing for scores on 27-yard, 20-yard, 52-yard and 3-yard carries while catching a 8-yard touchdown pass from Cohen Haedt. Redlarczyk rushed for 111 yards on seven carries, while Luke Chadwick added 42 yards on six carries and Zach Johnson totaled 39 yards on two carries.
Andrew Eyster recorded a team-high seven tackles on defense, with Chadwick adding four tackles and Holden Liebhaber notching three tackles.
Riley Smith rushed for a 6-yard touchdown and Mikey Chadwick rushed for a 8-yard touchdown to ignite the Rochelle offense. Smith followed with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Vinny Tornabene and Braxton Bruns added a 15-yard touchdown rush.
Nolan Zick and Kayl True each intercepted passes for the Junior Hub defense in the win. Kyler Rowe capped off the victory with a 35-yard touchdown rush. Tornabene totaled two receptions for 40 yards and Chadwick rushed for 42 yards in the win.
Quentin Ansteth rushed for 24 yards on six carries, while Vaughn Manning added 19 rushing yards and Eli Underwood had 14 rushing yards. Underwood led the defense with six tackles and Roger Navarro followed with four tackles including three for loss.
Landon Johnson rushed for a 10-yard touchdown and Dominic Escatel followed with a 1-yard touchdown rush to lead the Rochelle offense. Johnson rushed for 86 yards on 14 carries, while Noah Hayden added 62 rushing yards on seven carries and Escatel compiled 59 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Gavin Smith totaled a team-high three tackles, while Brayson Bouland and Braxton Rosenthal each had two tackles.