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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, October 2, 2010

Tigers beat Benson 27-14 for Homecoming

Brady Valnes applies pressure on the Benson quarterback. (Photos by B.W.)
Tyler Hansen exchanges handshakes with teammates in the final moments.
The Tiger defense, poised and ready to execute again in the 27-14 win.
A Tiger ballcarrier seeks yardage around a group of Benson defenders.
Everybody loves a parade! Here's one of the units that built Tiger spirit.

Morris Area 27, Benson 14
The Tigers scored big in two quarters, the second and fourth, as they treated the large turnout of Homecoming fans to a win Friday. Coach Jerry Witt's crew struck for 14 points in the second quarter and 13 in the fourth. The Morris Area football Tigers marked Homecoming week with a 27-14 win over conference rival Benson.
The temperature was a little chilly but this appeared to be just the slightest inconvenience, if even that. Clearly, the orange and black colors ruled at Big Cat Stadium. The 2010 Homecoming royalty were introduced at halftime amidst the festive trappings.
The Tigers ran at the Braves with abandon, accumulating 249 yards on the ground and passing sparingly but with great precision. The play that really seemed to break the Braves' back was a halfback option toss from Tyler Hansen to a sprinting Ethan Bruer in the fourth quarter.
Let's go back to how the night's scoring began, and this was with a Benson touchdown that enabled the Braves to emerge from the first quarter with an 8-0 lead. Cody Jaeger passed six yards to Sam Pederson for that score, and Jaeger also passed successfully on the conversion play, to Luke Schwarz.
The crowd was a little subdued in the first quarter when the Tigers failed to score, but that situation changed completely in quarter No. 2. Quarterback Ryan Beyer connected with Ethan Bruer for a 25-yard scoring pass. The conversion run attempt was stopped.
The Tigers surged into the lead when Tyler Hansen reached the end zone on a 12-yard run. Eric Riley was handed the football on the conversion play and he, too, reached the end zone, putting the Tigers up 14-8 which is where the score stood for halftime and its festivities.
The third quarter was scoreless.
The Tigers applied a dagger to Benson's come-from-behind hopes when Hansen made a perfect throw on that halfback option play. Ethan Bruer caught the ball in stride in this highlight-reel type of play. A roar of cheers cascaded down from the Morris Area side of the field. The extra point kick try was blocked.
Beyer ran for the Tigers' final score of the night. This was a 15-yard scamper and it was followed by Jordan Fletcher's successful extra-point kick. Benson ended the night's scoring as Derek Hilleren reached the end zone from the two. The conversion run try was stopped.
The final seconds ticked off with the satisfied orange and black fans looking up at the 27-14 score on the Big Cat Stadium scoreboard.
Hansen was the No. 1 workhorse carrying the football for Morris Area. He rumbled for 139 yards on 21 carries. His big play pass also made him the top passing yardage contributor. He was one of three Tigers each of whom completed one pass. Beyer and Jake Torgerson were the others.
Beyer gained 55 rushing yards on 16 carries of the football. Eric Riley plowed ahead for 38 yards on 13 carries. Tim Ostby rushed for 16 yards and Jordan Fletcher for one. The Tigers catching the football were Ethan Bruer (two receptions, 62 yards) and Tim Ostby (one, for ten yards).
On the defensive side, Mitch Kill came through with an interception, and Eric Riley and Brady Valnes achieved fumble recoveries. Standouts on the tackle chart were Eric Riley, Cody Hickman, Tim Ostby and Micah Fehr. Ostby sacked the quarterback once.
The Tigers are preparing for week #6 with a 3-2 overall record and 3-1 showing in conference play. Week #6 will have the Tigers hosting Paynesville at 7 p.m. Friday.
Other action yesterday (Friday) saw Yellow Medicine East beat ACGC 14-6, Minnewaska Area down LP-GE 27-6, and Paynesville roll offensively to defeat Montevideo 34-22.
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Tigers prevail in volleyball too
Prep volleyball this past week saw the Tigers win with a dominating flair over Montevideo. Erin Schieler came through with 15 kills as Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta volleyball won by sweep over the Thunderhawks. Haley Scheldorf and Carrie Roske each came through with four serving aces. Dani Schultz set the pace in digs with her 22.
Scores in this Tuesday sweep were 25-16, 28-26 and 25-7.
It was ditto on Thursday as again the Tigers won by sweep, this time applying the sting at Yellow Medicine East vs. the Sting. Scores were 25-23, 25-23 nd 33-31.
The MA-CA girls did their part making Homecoming week at Morris Area memorable, to be sure.

A personal note:
Several weeks ago yours truly (B.W.) was thrilled just to be inside Big Cat Stadium, now I can relish having spent some minutes along the home sideline!
Coach Witt said in the afternoon that it would be just fine if I came over to the Tiger sideline and behaved like a media person (the mantle that is associated with me).
Why not? The always-amicable Sharon Martin encouraged me too. Marie Hansen gave me the thumbs-up post-game, saying "the more the merrier."
Well said. Some kids may have spotted me as I fumbled to get my reading glasses on, to read the camera settings, and said "who's that old man?" Well, that old man covered the Tigers when they were in Prep Bowl at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. I traveled far and wide to cover the Tigers, even going to Rushford-Peterson, and it's a delight to join in with the scene again.
I imagine that today's (Saturday) Morris newspaper has a review of the previous week's loss to Lac qui Parle Valley. Strikes me as a rather stale product. Fans might be advised to look for new coverage avenues like this website. Our contemporary media are always evolving.
Thanks for visiting.
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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