By RICK PETERSON
Rossville head football coach Derick Hammes picked up his 100th win at the school Friday night as the Bulldawgs rolled to a 50-6 Class 2A district road win over Maur Hill-Mt. Academy.
Hammes, who has led the Bulldawgs to five state championships, reached the century mark at Rossville in his 10th season and is now 100-19.
Rossville improved to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in the district in Friday's rout, building a 19-0 first-quarter advantage and a 43-6 lead at the half.
Sophomore Tayson Horak got the night off to a quick start for the Bulldawgs, returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchown. Junior Cedric Leistenschneider added the extra point to give Rossville a 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the game.
Rossville added two more touchdowns in the opening quarter, with junior quarterback Camden Horak scoring from 3 yards out and sophomore Seth Catron scoring on a 46-yard run.
The Bulldawgs continued to pour it on in the second quarter, outscoring Maur Hill 24-6 in the period.
Senior Braiden Hensley scored on a 5-yard run, C. Horak hit senior Aryon Klesath for a 25-yard TD pass and and T. Horak scored on a 4-yard run.
Hensley ran for 2-point conversions after each of Rossville's three second-quarter touchdowns.
Catron scored Rossville's final TD of the night on a 12-yard run in the third quarter and Leistenschneider tacked on the extra point.
Rossville, which finished second in 2A District 3 will open postseaon next Friday night at home against 5-3 Minneapolis.
The Bulldawgs are the two-time defending 2A state champs.