NICOLLET - Nicollet dominated Alden-Conger 70-22 in its final regular season Southern Confederacy Conference game on Wednesday.
The Raiders are known for their dominant offense, and they did not waste any time showing it off on Wednesday. Nicollet jumped out to a 20-0 lead after just 3:30 minutes on a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dalton Elliott and two touchdown passes by Elliott with one going to Kenny Fischer and the other to senior Matt Christensen.
By the end of the first quarter the Raiders had already put the game out of reach by extending their lead to 33-0 on another Elliott keeper and a two yard touchdown pass from Elliott to Christensen.
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Nicollet quarterback Dalton Elliot fights off a pair of Alden-Conger defenders on his way to the end zone Friday in Nicollet.
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"Our senior and junior leaders really encouraged everyone not to slack off with a lead and to stay focused and keep working to get better throughout the game," Christensen said.
Nicollet put up 37 more points over the final three quaters with the highlights coming on a 41-yard field goal by senior kicker Matt Fischer and a 98-yard touchdown run by Travis Murphy in the fourth quarter.
"Our offensive line has played great this year," Christensen said. "They are the reason we are putting up 70 points on the scoreboard.
The win capped off another Southern Confederacy Conference championship for the Raiders.
Elliott was 12-for-15 passing for 286 yards and six touchdowns, while he carried the ball nine times for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Murphy ran the ball 10 times for 155 yards.
Christensen caught four passes from Elliott four 82 yards and four touchdowns to lead a busy Nicollet receiving core.
Christensen led the Raiders on defense as well with 11 tackles, while Colin Bloemke added nine tackles, and Andrew Radke had eight tackles with a sack. Marshall Barrer had two interceptions for Nicollet.
The Raiders (8-0, 6-0) will look to start their quest towards a fourth straight state tournament berth against an opponent yet to be determined in Section 2 9-man football playoffs on Tuesday.
"We just have to take it one week at a time, and keep working to get better going into the playoffs," Christensen said.