It would have been fun Tuesday to have another fan gathering at Big Cat Stadium. Now as things stand, we'll have only one post-season game here. The big night is this Saturday, Oct. 27.
For the record we're in Section 6AAA. We're a relatively small school in this class but we're unfazed as shown by that No. 1 seed.
I suspect few fans are expecting any sort of cakewalk. The Tigers have indeed had some cakewalk type of games this season. One was at the end of the regular season. The Tigers hosted a struggling YME team on Wednesday night (10/17). This fall break game ended with a score of 55-6.
What about volleyball? The Tigers' stock is high there too. They'll play a post-season match at their own gym on Friday evening (10/26). Please click on the permalink below to read my full post about Tiger volleyball. Also included are some paragraphs about cross country. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." - Thanks for reading. - B.W.
Football: pattern of dominance
Yet again the Tigers had a foe buried at halftime. The Tigers led the Sting 49-0 halfway through.
Fans could have anticipated this based on comparative scores. Yellow Medicine East lost to Paynesville 72-0 and the Tigers beat Paynesville.
There has been a trend around the nation toward more and more extreme routs. Some recent news reports indicate that tension can run high toward the end of these. In one instance, it was the losing team that was actually excoriated. A team in Michigan trailing badly toward the end managed to score a touchdown and then tried an onside kick. A physical altercation developed in the aftermath of this game, and an assistant coach with the winner got fired.
Should public high schools really be putting their imprimatur on an activity like this?
Big Cat Stadium has been a wholly pleasant place. It will be rocking come Saturday (7 p.m.) when Albany comes here for 6AAA action. Albany got past Melrose 24-6 Tuesday.
You're familiar with Albany if you travel between here and St. Cloud much. Its trademark is probably that golf course right next to the Interstate. Don't you wonder if any golf balls end up striking vehicles? When I was in college at St. Cloud State I'd stop at the Albany Dairy Queen en route home and get my essential chocolate shake, causing sighs among my passengers who often were itching to get home. Those were the days of my 1967 Olds Toronado.
The championship game for 6AAA is set for Friday, 11/2, at my alma mater of St. Cloud State. Kickoff time is 5:45 p.m.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta owns a spotless 8-0 record going into this Saturday.
Tigers 55, YME 6
The score was almost identical to when the Tigers trounced Montevideo for Homecoming.
The Tigers put 19 points on the board in the opening quarter. The MACA scoring express began when Tanner Picht carried the ball in from the four. The PAT try failed.
Austin Dierks scored with an interception return of 24 yards for MACA touchdown No. 2. Noah Grove kicked the point-after. Next it was Corey Storck bringing a wave of cheers from the home crowd fans, returning a punt 52 yards for a score. The PAT was no-go.
The MACA momentum just built up steam in quarter No. 2. Tom Holland had a scoring run of 19 yards and followed that up with a successful conversion run. Holland scored the next Tiger touchdown too, on a run from the ten. He was on the receiving end of a successful pass (from quarterback Jacob Torgerson) on the conversion play.
Torgerson passed 14 yards to Logan Manska for the next Tiger TD. Grove's toe was true for the conversion point.
Connor Metzger was the next Tiger to cross the end zone stripe. He brought a signal of "touchdown" from the refs with his run from the two. Grove added the PAT.
Bo Olson broke loose on a thrilling 85-yard run to complete the Tigers' scoring. This time the PAT kick was blocked.
YME got on the scoreboard when Austin Vikander, who has Morris connections, caught a 16-yard pass from Aaron Lalim.
Olson finished with eye-popping rushing stats of two carries for 90 yards. Holland turned in another workmanlike performance, carrying eight times for 65 yards. Aaron Nelson sprang forward for 48 yards in his seven carries. Jordan Staples picked up 24 yards on four carries. Picht and Metzger each had three carries for 17 yards.
Torgerson didn't have to put the ball in the air much. His two completions in five attempts were good for 42 yards, and he had no passes picked off. Understudy Bryce Jergenson completed both of his aerial tries, good for 17 yards (with no interceptions).
Four Tigers each had one pass reception: Picht (28 yards), Manska (14 yards), Storck (ten yards) and Nelson (seven yards).
Trent Wulf delivered the only Tiger punt. Three Tigers each had one interception: Dierks, Manska and Devin Robertson. Metzger, Storck and Holland each had a fumble recovery. Tackle chart standouts included Tyler Henrichs, Dillon Johnson and Gage Backman. Quarterback sacks were performed by Chandler Erickson and Nate Vipond.
It's a short time 'til Saturday!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com