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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Morris Area football thumps Minnewaska

The above photo shows a Tiger ballcarrier seeking to elude the Lakers during the big 40-0 win achieved by Morris Area Friday. Photo by B.W.

The weather cooperated better for the Tigers' second home game than their first. It wasn't perfect but it was acceptable. A few droplets of rain were detectable as Friday's game-time approached, but it abated after that. Fans were present in pleasing style for the MAHS boys' game against Minnewaska Area.
The Morris Area football Tigers took charge decisively in upping their record to 2-1. Fans at Big Cat Stadium saw a 40-0 win by the Tigers over the rival Lakers. The Lakers will have to regroup for another day. Meanwhile, the Tigers can savor their unblemished conference record (2-0 in the WCC-South) going into week #4 of the campaign.
The Tigers will play at Lac qui Parle Valley Friday, beginning at 7 p.m.
Coach Jerry Witt would most certainly give his team's defense an 'A' grade. That defense put up a wall that limited the Lakers to 17 yards rushing. The Lakers passed for about a hundred yards but they couldn't break onto the scoreboard.
Cody Cannon and Tom Holland each intercepted a Laker pass. Brady Valnes had a fumble recovery. Valnes also had a quarterback sack as did Justin Stallman and Ryan Beyer. The tackle chart showed Beyer, Tim Ostby and Cody Hickman standing out.
The Tigers scored two first half touchdowns but were denied on the conversion tries. Quarterback Beyer ran for both of those scores. The first quarter saw him scamper into the end zone from two yards out. In the second quarter, he turned in a truly big play, accelerating for an 84-yard score as halftime neared.
At 12-0 the game was hardly in the bag yet. The Tigers opened up breathing room in the second half and had no more difficulty with conversion plays. Jordan Fletcher kicked successfully on the last four Tiger touchdowns. (It should be noted that on the Tigers' second TD of the night, there was a pass try that was incomplete.)
Tyler Hansen scored the Tigers' third touchdown on a run from the 18. Eric Riley carried for the fourth score, covering nine yards. The wealth kept getting spread around for the scoring, as Beyer scored from the seven and Tim Ostby from the 22, wrapping things up. The home side of the field had much to feel good about.
The game's statistics show Riley averaging over ten yards per carry of the football - a significant accomplishment. His 14 carries netted him 149 rushing yards. Quarterback Beyer racked up 113 rushing yards on 14 carries. Tyler Hansen was just two yards shy of the 100-yard plateau and this Tiger was handed the football 17 times. Tim Ostby gained 20 yards on three carries, and Jake Torgerson got a carry good for one yard.
Beyer completed seven passes in 19 attempts for 77 yards and was picked off once. Torgerson also exercised his passing arm.
Hansen, Ethan Bruer and Riley each had two receptions and Mitch Kill had one.
Minnewaska Area football came out of the night still seeking win #1. Laker Andrew Amundson completed seven passes in 19 attempts for 102 yards. Sam Long was the Lakers' top ballcarrier (20 yards) on a night when their running game was pretty much stuffed.
Morris Area rushed for a very healthy 391 yards.
Attention Tiger fans: You might want to check out the Tiger football page on Maxpreps. Here's the link:


There is also a Morris Area football Facebook page. Here's that link:


The review of the previous week's win over BOLD is on this site, and if you're catching up, you can either scroll to find it or click below:


A personal note:
Yours truly got out to the sidelines in bona fide media fashion Friday at Big Cat, for the first time in what feels like an eternity.
The passage of time brings change, like how I need reading glasses now to check some of the settings on my dependable Canon camera. It's a conventional 35mm camera.
Have digital cameras progressed to where they can handle fast-moving football? I'll have to check this out. It costs money to have film developed (which I do at our Thrifty White store).
The gang working the sticks were very agreeable to chat with. It's a thrill to feel a part of the Tiger scene again, and we'll just take one week at a time from here on out.

Update from the Tiger volleyball world:
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls paid some dues on the volleyball court this past week. Some of the luster from their early-season success has faded, but it's a long season yet.
The team is bearing down to escape the kind of losing fortunes they were dealt by ACGC and BOLD. On Thursday against the ACGC Falcons, the Tigers came out on the short end in road WCC-South volleyball. The Tigers definitely had their moments as they won two of the games. But the marathon five-game affair went into the win column for the host.
The Tigers took games 2 and 3 by scores of 25-21 and 25-23. Their 2-1 advantage seemed to give them a feeling of momentum, but momentum can be a fickle commodity in this sport.
Erin Schieler racked up 24 kills and had but one hitting error. Dani Schultz came at the Falcons with three ace serves. Mackenzie Weatherly was efficient setting the ball and achieved 20 assists. Schieler had four blocks and Carrie Roske had 43 digs.
On Tuesday against the BOLD Warriors, here, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta volleyball was humbled in three games. Schieler asserted herself in the losing cause with ten kills, plus this Tiger had three ace blocks.
Fall sports enthusiasm appears to be growing across the board!
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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