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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, August 29, 2015

Tigers stay on a roll, beat ACGC 42-21

A thrilling defensive play got the Tigers started en route to victory Friday. Taylor Staples scored on a 79-yard fumble recovery. Trent Marty passed to Sean Amundson for two on the conversion.
This action was at the ACGC gridiron. It was the Tigers' game #2 and brought victory #2. Some fans might have thought the opener win was just a case of a big school thumping a smaller school. Game #2 brought more of a sense of legitimacy to the Tigers' success. The Tigers won 42-21 over the Falcons of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.
ACGC is the long-time home of Morris native and coach Jeff Tanner (1973 MHS grad).
The first quarter ended with the score 8-8. The ACGC score came on a Cullen Hoffmann two-yard run. Tanner Olson ran for two on the conversion.
The game turned into a blow-out in the second quarter. Three Tiger touchdowns made it clear who'd prevail. The very proficient passer of the Tigers, Marty, tossed a 65-yard aerial that had Amundson on the receiving end. Ricky Hernandez kicked the conversion. Next it was Staples gathering in the football on a pass from Marty - 18 yards. Hernandez again added the PAT. The very opportunistic MACA defense struck again for the third touchdown of the second quarter. Toby Sayles was showcased this time. Toby scored on an interception return. Hernandez continued with his efficient toe.
So, halftime arrived with the Tigers up 29-8. The Tigers added insurance points in the third quarter. Marty tossed a TD pass to Chase Metzger covering eleven yards. Hernandez's toe was true.
ACGC summoned a couple of TDs in the fourth. ACGC's Tye Olson scored on a two-yard run. Colton Minnick kicked the point-after. Beau Anderson scored on a 16-yard run.
MACA scored the final TD of the night: a big 46-yard run by Dakota Luepke. The kick try failed.
Thus far in the season, the Tigers' quarterback Marty has been mighty efficient with his tosses. If the NFL passer rating formula were to be applied, Marty would have a superlative rank. On Friday he connected with receivers five times in eight attempts. His completions covered 126 yards and he wasn't picked off.
Amundson and Metzger each had two catches with Amundson's picking up 76 yards, Metzger's 32. Staples had an 18-yard catch.
Jacob Zosel rushed for 62 yards in 13 carries. Luepke had one big carry for 46 yards. Ryan Dietz had seven carries of the football for 23 yards, and Metzger had six carries for ten. Ryan Bowman did the Tigers' punting.
Brady Jergenson had eight solo tackles and three assists. Dietz came through with 3/8 numbers as a defensive performer. The list continues: Staples (6-2), Philip Messner (3-6), Scott Iverson (4-1), Sayles (3-2), Metzger (3-1), Denner Dougherty (0-7), Amundson (2-3), Cole Watzke (1/3) and Steven Koehl (1-3). Staples had two quarterback sacks and Josh Wagner came through with one.
Yes, the score looks like a blow-out. And yes, the score represents the most important numbers. But the Tigers were outgained by the Falcons, 324-266. We showed lapses in the form of eleven penalties. In terms of possession, we owned the ball a mere twelve minutes. So, maybe MACA fans should restrain some of their giddiness. It was our big plays, certainly on defense, that clipped the wings of those Falcons.
Tye Olson did ACGC's passing and had seven completions in eleven attempts for 69 yards. He had one pass picked off. Beau Anderson dominated ACGC's running game with 146 yards on 30 carries. Colton Minnick caught three passes for 31 yards.
The Tigers' game #3 will be at home against Benson, Friday.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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