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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 21, 2013

Tigers roar for Homecoming football 2013

Trent Wulf carries the ball forward for MACA. (B.W. photos)
Noah Grove shows his reliable toe for a PAT.
Trent Marty wears No. 4 for the Tigers. He's the punter.
Tigers 41, Benson 15
The festive trappings of Homecoming were in place for the Tigers notching their first win of the 2013 campaign.
The Tigers had gotten a hair's breadth from victory the week before vs. Sauk Centre. This time they weren't to be denied. They asserted themselves with a memorable winning flair on Friday, Sept. 20, at Big Cat Stadium.
Lots of orange and black were to be seen. Coach Kevin Pope's Tigers lined up against the Braves of Benson. The Tigers took full control in the first half, building a 28-0 lead. Halftime saw the traditional presentation of Homecoming royalty. (Back in the 1970s, the MHS pep band played "All the Things You Are" for this ceremony.)
The defense struck first for the Tigers. This happened on the second play of the game. Aaron Ahrndt attempted a pass for the visitor. Riley Biesterfeld was the Tiger who caught it. He accomplished a nine-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Tigers were on their way. They were at their best in quarter #2, showing an authoritative running game. Isaac Wente went to work building his personal rushing yards on the night to 100-plus. He's the top area ballcarrier. He scored two of the Tigers' three touchdowns in the second quarter.
But first it was Trent Wulf scoring on a run. Wulf carried the ball in from the eight.
Wente went to work for the next two MACA touchdowns, scoring from the three and the one. So, the Tigers had four total touchdowns in the first half, and after each one, Noah Grove's toe was true for the conversion point. The scoreboard showed a 28-0 MACA lead as all eyes got trained on the halftime ceremony.
The third quarter was the time for MACA passing to emerge with great impact. Here we see the Tigers' senior signal-caller, Bryce Jergenson, get showcased. Jergenson completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Bo Olson. The PAT try failed after this score.
Next, Jergenson's arm produced a TD with Corey Storck on the receiving end. Storck's scoring catch went into the books as a 32-yarder. Grove nailed the PAT and the Tigers now own 41 points.
Benson got on the board with a two-yard run by Ahrndt. The PAT kick try was errant. Benson picked up a couple points on a safety. The Braves upped their point total to 13 with a TD pass from Christian Larson to Jacob Connelly (eight yards). Tanner Mikkelson kicked the point-after to conclude the night's scoring.
The Tigers won the 2013 Homecoming game by a score of 41-15. The weather was quite ideal. The Tigers will now go on the road to face ACGC.
Bryce Jergenson had top-notch stats as the MACA quarterback on Friday. Bryce completed eight passes in ten attempts for 142 yards and had none picked off. His passing yardage: 142.
Bo Olson hauled in four of those aerials for 64 yards. Corey Storck was a reliable target as he hauled in three passes for 65 yards. Gage Backman had one catch for 13 yards.
Wente had 102 rushing yards on 16 carries. Wulf carried 12 times for 48 yards. Storck had one carry for 23 yards. Olson picked up 22 yards on the ground, carrying four times. Jordan Thooft added six rushing yards to the mix.
Trent Marty performed the only MACA punt. Top Tigers on the tackle chart were Nate Anderson, Nate Vipond and Dylan Johnson. Johnson notched two quarterback sacks while Harrison Gravning had one.
The Tigers were called for nine penalties, setting them back 80 yards.
The MACA defense stuffed the Benson ground game. The Braves were limited to 39 rushing yards in 29 carries.
Aaron Ahrndt and Christian Larson did the Benson passing.
Quite the memorable Homecoming for Morris Area Chokio Alberta, 2013.
The fans who acquire today's (Saturday) Morris Sun Tribune newspaper will have the "treat". . .of being able to read about the loss to Sauk Centre. You'll have to wait a week to see the Benson game with its highlights covered in the Morris print media. But I'm sure all those advertising circulars will be up to date. Don't forget to shop at Fleet Farm.
A fan told me a week ago that the belated sports news in the Morris newspaper is "a joke." It's been that way a while now.
Links to my coverage regularly appear on the Maxpreps website. Here's the link to the MACA football Maxpreps page.
 
My coverage of MACA volleyball is also linked on Maxpreps. Here's the link to that page:
 
Are the Tigers at the start of a win skein? We'll see.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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