The Tigers hosted Minnewaska Area on a night with a hint of fall weather in the air. This was a clash of two teams heading in opposite directions. The Lakers came here winless. Meanwhile our Tigers have done nothing but win. This has been accomplished with a minimal, sometimes negligible passing attack. The running game has more than compensated.
Again it was Jacob Zosel spearheading that running game. On this night the hard-charging Tiger carried the football 27 times and covered 244 yards. The Tigers beat the Lakers 34-14.
We were in total command at halftime, up 21-0. Chase Metzger scored the first orange and black touchdown, turning on the jets from 35 yards away. Eli Grove kicked the point-after.
Even though our passing game generated just 32 yards on the night, it was the pass that garnered our second score Friday: a quite impressive 24-yard play that had Toby Sayles throwing and Metzger catching. Grove kicked the PAT. Our third score of the half came when Zosel broke loose for a 42-yard run. Grove's toe was true again, and the halftime break arrived with Morris Area Chokio Alberta up most comfortably.
The second half scoring began with Sayles getting into the end zone from the eight. The kick try failed. The Minnewaska Area fans finally got a chance to cheer when Colin Richards caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Gruber. Chris Claussen kicked the point-after. The Tigers scored again on a nine-yard Sayles run, and Grove kicked the PAT.
Minnewaska's Gruber scored the final points of the night on a six-yard run. Claussen kicked the point-after.
Dominant as Zosel was in our running game, other Tigers had noticeable impact as well: Sayles (71 yards on ten carries), Ryan Dietz (39 yards on nine carries), Metzger (that big 35-yard TD run) and Conner Koebernick (24 yards on five carries). Sayles completed three passes in ten attempts and had none picked off. Metzger had two of the receptions for 27 yards, and Koebernick had the other, for five.
These three Tigers each had a quarterback sack: Sayles, Paul Hockert and Diego Arreguin.
Ryan Christianson was Minnewaska's top ballcarrier with 98 yards in 12 carries. Garrett Jensen rushed for 42 yards in eleven carries. Gruber picked up 13 rushing yards. Gruber completed six passes in 13 attempts for 94 yards and had none picked off. The pass catchers were Garrett Jensen (three catches, 42 yards) and Colin Richards (two catches, 59 yards).
The winning spirit is taking over fandom in Morris, Minnesota! Big Cat Stadium is a place to cheer.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org