Champlin Park running back Datrice Mulsumo sliced his way through the Coon Rapids defense for five touchdowns and 297 yards rushing in Friday’s 38-22 win for the Rebels.
Mulsumo, a 5-9, 170-pound junior running back, scored on a 76-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the Northwest Suburban Conference game.
Cardinals coach Jon Young said his defense didn’t tackle well or execute well on third down to get off the field.
“We were inconsistent in our play and just generally sloppy,” he said.
The Rebels’ running back came into the third week of season averaging 5.16 yards per carry with two touchdowns.
Young noticed a lot of frustration reviewing the game Saturday. “The good thing is that our kids are frustrated because they know they can play better,” he said.
Coon Rapids responded to the long opening score with its own touchdown drive, taking just 1:34 off the clock. Coon Rapids quarterback Austin Anda found Tyler Croal on a 21-yard touchdown pass for his lone catch of the evening.
Anda completed 10-23 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The other score came with 3:53 left in the contest on a 10-yard pass to Jeremy Becker to make it 38-22.
Cardinal Tykeise Johnson returned this week and led the receivers with four catches for 62 yards and Alex Boxwell had three catches for 59 yards.
Running back Deshon Johnson ran for 107 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown and one fumble. He scored on a 15-yard run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 32-14.
While the defense gave up plenty of yards and points, Young said he wasn’t surprised that linebacker Will Elliott led the group with nine tackles.
“No surprise from Will Elliott,” Young said. “He plays wherever we need him; outside linebacker, tight end, fullback [or] special teams and performs well.”
Teammates Tyler Berdahl, Zach Klisch and Tyler Hipp each had seven tackles.
Coon Rapids will celebrate Homecoming this week against a very hungry Blaine team looking to stop a two-game losing streak.
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