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Tigers sunk by Lakers in opener

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta football team opened the season with a 31-14 loss at Minnewaska on Friday, Aug. 30.

Despite the score, total yardage was balanced between the Tigers and the Lakers. In fact, the Tigers ran more plays and had more time of possession. The difference was a long interception return that set up a Laker touchdown and a kickoff return to the end zone that gave the Lakers their final edge of victory.

The Tigers' inexperience, both coaches and players, showed as they gave up those big plays.

"We looked really bad on a few plays and that hurt us," coach Kevin Pope said.

Pope is encouraged by the positive aspects of the game and he and his staff will be working on cleaning up the weak areas.

"It was a good game for us," said Pope. "We learned a lot from what happened."

Minnewaska 31, Morris Area/C-A 14

Morris/C-A    0  6   0  8 — 14

Minnewaska   6 12  6  7 — 31

Min – Matt Paulson 39-yard pass from Austin Ostrander (kick fail)

Mor – Corey  Storck 7-yard pass from Bryce Jergenson (kick fail)

Min – Greg Helander  2-yard run (kick fail)

Min – Ostrander 5-yard run (pass fail)

Min – Ostrander 5-yard run (pass fail)

Mor - Thooft 1 run (Jergenson run)

Min – Jack Schultenover 79 kickoff return (Ethan Anderson kick)


Team statistics

First downs: 16;  Rushing: 47-181; Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 7-15-55-2; Fumbles lost: 0; Penalties: 3-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: Isaac Wente 23-93, Jordan Thooft 15-74, Bo Olson 7-20; Passing: Jergenson 7-15-55-2; Receiving: Bo Olson 4-33, Cory Storck 3-22; Punting: Noah Grove 3-36.3; Kick Returns: Bo Olson 5-20.4, Corey Storck 1-9; Interceptions: Brady Jergenson 1; Tackles (solo): Gage Backman 5, Bo Olson 4, Isaac Wente 4, Corey Storck 3.5, Bryce Jergenson 2, Brady Jergenson 2, Myles Smith 1.5, Noah Grove 1, C.J. Nagel 1, Matt Arnold 1, Devin Robertson 1, Nate Vipond 1, Dillan Johnson 1, Vaughn Dieter 1, Aaron Jones 1


Team statistics

First downs: 13 ; Rushing: 26-155; Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-11-86-1; Fumbles lost: 0; Penalties: 2-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: Schlultenover 2-56, Ostrander 8-42, Greg Helander 7-26, Will Anderson 3-6; Passing:Ostrander 8-11-86-1; Receiving: Jayden Beecher 4-50, Matt Paulson 1-36; Punting: Ostrander 3-34.3 Interceptions: Paulson, Matt McIver; Tackles (solo-assist): Taylor Lundebrek 8-5, John Nygaard 7-1, Matt Pauslon 6-3, Helander 6-6; QB sacks: J.R. Formo 1, Ryan Stottler 1