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Pusch Ridge’s defense key as Lions win region title

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The Pusch Ridge Christian Academy football team’s defense continues to dominate, and the Lions continue to win.

Pusch Ridge (7-2, 7-0) clinched the Class 2A South Region with a 6-0 win over visiting Winkelman Hayden on Friday night.

Next up for the Lions is the state tournament next week.

Pusch Ridge has shut out four opponents this season and outscored region foes 216-15, an average of 31-2.

The Lions have won seven games in a row.

The first and only touchdown of the night came in the second quarter when Lions quarterback Greg Schimke threw a 55-yard pass to running back Andy Knox.

“We can’t put very many points on the board right now but we’re playing great defense,” said Pusch Ridge coach Bob Vance.

“We keep shooting ourselves in the foot on offense; we get down there and do something bad.”

Pusch Ridge’s Brett Overstreet had two interceptions, with the first one leading to the only touchdown.

Hayden’s best chance to score came on a 37-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter.

“It was really big for us. We had to get this to clinch region and I think our defense played amazing and they bailed out our offense out all night,” Schimke said.

Pusch Ridge ran for 127 yards and passed for 146 in the win. The Lions allowed 201 total yards, including 130 on the ground.

The Lions will host a state playoff game next Friday at 7 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.

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