Tandy Overstreet
Michael Beck went 13-53 yards and made one touchdown and a two point conversion for the Plainsmen in their game against the Southwest Roughriders on Saturday.

Perkins County Plainsmen roll over Southwest Roughriders

The Southwest Roughriders experienced a rough ride of their own, suffering a 56-16 pounding dished out by the Perkins County Plainsmen Saturday at Bartley. 

Going into the game, Head Coach Lance Steffen said Southwest ran a defense the Plainsmen hadn’t seen. 

But scouting film showed that same defense was vulnerable to the Plainsmen’s option game. He was right. 

“I had a feeling if we just executed, we’d be fine,” he said this week. 

The Plainsmen executed the option to perfection, riddling the Southwest defense for eight rushing touchdowns with the longest being 41 yards. 

Quarterback Charles Johnson ran for five scores, fullback Domonic Wendell two and tailback Michael Beck one. For the game, the Plainsmen chalked up 358 yards rushing and another 63 in the air. 

Defensively, the Plainsmen controlled the contest. Both of Southwest’s two scores came on long runs of 39 and 63 yards.

Take those two away and Southwest finishes with less than 100 yards rushing, Steffen said. 

Steffen said those two big plays came from guys trying to do too much on the field versus just executing their assignments. 

Domonic Wendell finished the game with 161 yards rushing on 16 carries. 

Steffen said Southwest was keying so hard on Johnson that it opened the door for Wendell on the option. He did a great job of running between the tackles, the coach added. 

With the exception of a little slow start in the third quarter, the Plainsmen dominated. Steffen said a 42-8 halftime lead may have affected the early execution in the second half. 

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