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Tigers fall to Braves 39-28 in Homecoming game

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Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta lost a third straight West Central Conference South football game, this time to Benson 39-28 Friday during the Tigers' homecoming week.

Jake Torgerson threw for 141 yards and a touchdown without an interception, but it wasn't enough to defeat the Braves at Big Cat Stadium.

Benson quarterback Matt Ahrndt rolled up 360 total yards and had a direct hand in all six Braves touchdowns. He threw for 256 yards completing 21 of 25 passes. Ahrndt led the Braves in rushing with 104 yards on 27 carries.

The Braves took a lead early in the first quarter on one of Ahrndt's quarterback keepers. The Tigers answered with a touchdown by Tim Ostby for a tied 6-6 score.

With two minutes remaining in the first, the Braves regained the lead with another Ahrndt touchdown.

The Braves increased their lead midway through the second quarter on a 22-yard pass play to senior wide receiver Logan Connelly.

The Tigers scored on Lincoln Berget's catch in the endzone with 21 seconds left in the first half. The teams headed into halftime with a 20-14 Brave advantage.

The Braves added a touchdown in the third quarter with another pass to Connelly.

The fourth quarter saw 27 points scored.

Torgerson's three-yard quarterback sneak and a two-point conversion by Chandler Erickson got the Tigers to within 26-22 early in the fourth quarter. Ahrndt put it in the endzone for the Braves from two yards out.

Then the Tigers went 85 yards and scored on Tom Holland's one-yard burst at 7:59 to pull within four points of the lead at 32-28. Benson answered with a 63-yard march to go up 39-28 with 2:20 left and held on for the Braves' first win of the season.

The Tigers' Tim Ostby ran for 103 yards and Tanner Picht added another 75.

Connelly snared 13 passes for 153 yards and touchdowns covering 22 and 6 yards.

Benson 14 6 6 13 -- 39

Morris/C-A 6 8 0 14 -- 28

Braves - Matt Ahrndt 8 run (run fail)

Tigers - Tim Ostby 2 run (run fail)

Braves - Ahrndt 3 run (Ahrndt run)

Braves - Logan Connelly 22 from Ahrndt (pass fail)

Tigers - Lincoln Berget 10 pass from Jake Torgerson (Ostby pass from Torgerson)

Braves - Connelly 6 pass from Ahrndt (pass fail)

Tigers - Torgerson 3 run (Chandler Erickson pass from Torgerson)

Braves - Ahrndt 2 run (pass fail)

Tigers - Tommy Holland 1 run (pass fail)

Braves - Ahrndt 3 run (Colin Ose kick)


Team statistics

First downs: 20; Rushing: 37-225; Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 13-23-141-0; Fumbles lost: 1; Penalties: 6-45

Individual statistics

Rushing: Tim Ostby 19-103, Tanner Picht 8-75, Jake Torgerson 5-8, Jordan Staples 2-7, Tom Holland 3-32; Passing: Torgerson 13-23-141-0; Receiving: Ostby 2-25, Holland 3-39, Logan Manska 4-35, Lincoln Berget 1-10, Tanner Picht 2-23, Chandler Erickson 1-9; Punting: Picht 3-24.0; Interceptions: Chandler Erickson 1; Fumble recoveries: Connor Metzger 1, Daniel Nelson 1; Tackles (solo-assist): Tommy Holland 1-5, Logan Manska 1-1, Tyler Henrichs 0-2, Erickson 3-1, Tanner Picht 0-1, Tim Ostby 2-2, Metzger 4-4, Staples 3-5, Nelson 1-0, John Tiernan 0-1, Zach Gibson 4-1, Joel Harrison 1-1, Brian Miller 0-1, Michael Michaelson 0-2; QB sacks: Ostby 1, Metzger 1, Staples 1


Team statistics

First downs: 21; Rushing: 33-126; Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 21-25-256-0; Fumbles lost: 2; Penalties: 8-65

Individual statistics

Rushing: Matt Ahrndt 27-104, Morgan Staton 6-22; Passing: Ahrndt 21-25-256-0; Receiving: Logan Connelly 13-153, Staton 3-30, Sam Peterson 3-32, Colin Ose 1-39, Brady Gimberland 1-2; Punting: Ose 1-38.0; Interceptions: none