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Rensselear runs over rival North Judson

Updated: September 6, 2013 11:46PM



NORTH JUDSON — North Judson-Rensselear is one of the areas better football rivalries, but Friday night the Bombers climbed to 3-0 with a 56-7 rout of the Bluejays.

But Rensselaer coach Scott Meeks knows that their next meeting could be a difficult one.

“We’re smart enough to know that when we see Judson down the road, it will be a war,” Meeks said.

North Judson running back and receiver Erik Beckman was on the sidelines with an injury suffered in the Bluejays’ loss to Knox, but he will likely be back next week.

“We know he’s their workhorse,” Meeks said. “They get him the ball, and he can run over people.”

But the Bombers also had a key injury in an all-state junior quarterback Ab Kiger, who is recovering from a summer injury. He’s expected to be back soon.

Meeks could have a problem any coach would like to have when Kiger returns, because junior signal-caller Dylan Wright played like a pro Friday. He passed for four touchdowns, and he also did a great job mixing in the running game when needed.

“We have some big guys up front,” Meeks said. “And we also have athletic receivers and skill players. Our defense played well, and our quarterback threw the ball very well. … The kid (Wright) can run or throw the ball.”

The Bombers have a big game next week against a high-quality Tipton team.

Meanwhile North Judson must rebound after two difficult losses against two rivals. Next week, Kirk Kennedy’s team plays developing rival Boone Grove, which upset the Bluejays by a point at Valparaiso University’s Brown Field last season.

Bluejays veteran quarterback Caston Sanchez connected with junior tight end Tyler Tunis for the Bluejays’ lone score on a 57-yard pass play.

The Bombers’ Rylan Arihood had a 93-yard run for one of his two rushing touchdowns.



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