Morris Area remained in a first-place tie with Lac qui Parle Valley in the West Central Conference South standings by defeating Montevideo 54-22 here Friday.


Morris Area remained in a first-place tie with Lac qui Parle Valley in the West Central Conference South standings by defeating Montevideo 54-22 here Friday.

After the Thunder Hawks tied the score midway through the first quarter on an 8-yard pass from Brett Bergeson to Colton Vien, the Tigers scored three straight touchdowns.

Montevideo pulled within 27-14 at halftime on an 86-yard kickoff return by Joe Bednar.

Montevideo’s final touch­down came in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard pass from backup quarterback Eric Johnson to Bednar.

The Tigers piled up 499 yards of total offense, including 389 yards rushing.

Logan Ackerman ran for 110 yards for Montevideo — his third 100-yard rushing game of the season.

The T-Hawks closed out the regular season Wednes­day against BOLD after the American-News went to press.

The Section 3AAA playoffs begin Tuesday. Mon­tevideo is currently ranked seventh out of nine teams. Barring wins by both Wat­ertown-Mayer and Worth­­ington in their final games Wednesday, the T-Hawks would finish seventh and gain a spot in the playoffs on the road in the first round. The most likely scenario would have Monte­video playing at Glencoe-Silver Lake.

Scoring by quarters
Morris 14 13 20 7 — 54
Monte 7 7 0 8 — 22
First Quarter
Morris — Tyler Hansen 4 run (Dylan Nelson kick) 8:00.
Monte — Colton Vien 8 pass from Brett Bergeson (Ryan Boike kick) 6:46.
Morris — Hansen 50 run (Hansen run) 6:06.
Second Quarter
Morris — Eric Riley 21 run (run failed) 9:08.
Morris — Riley 40 run (Jordan Fletcher kick) 1:42.
Monte — Joe Bednar 86 kickoff return (Boike kick) 1:30.
Third Quarter
Morris — Hansen 89 kickoff return (Fletcher kick) 11:45.
Morris — Hansen 21 run (kick blocked) 8:47.
Morris — Tim Ostby 18 run (Fletcher kick).
Fourth Quarter
Monte — Bednar 1 pass from Eric Johnson (Scott Olson kick).
Morris — Logan Manska 10 pass from Jacob Torgerson (Ostby kick).

Team stats Morris Monte
First downs 20 10
Total net yards 499 185
Plays 53 48
Net yards rushing 389 151
Attempts 41 33
Net yards passing 110 34
Comp-att-int 6-12-0 8-15-1
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-0
Punts-avg 3-13 6-36
Penalties-yards 8-77 2-10
Individual leaders:
RUSHING: Morris: Tyler Hansen 9-193, Eric Riley 11-116, Tim Ostby 6-43, Ethan Bruer 2-18. Monte: Logan Ack­er­man 12-110, Phillip Ward 1-15, Joe Bednar 2-12, Jake Douglas 4-12, Isaac Jasper­sen 2-8, Chase Augeson 1-7, Scott Olson 4-6, Jake Bednar 1-(-1), Brett Bergeson 6-(-18).
PASSING: Morris: Ryan Beyer 4-8-0, 76 yards; Jacob Torgerson 2-4-0, 34 yards. Monte: Bergeson 5-12-1, 18 yards; Eric Johnson 2-2-0, 10 yards; Ward 1-1-0, 6 yards.
RECEIVING: Morris: Bruer 4-76, Ostby 1-24, Logan Manska 1-10. Monte: Joe Bednar 4-13, Colton Vien 1-8, Bergeson 1-6, Ackerman 1-5, Jaspersen 1-2.
INTERCEPTIONS: Morris: Cody Hickman.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Morris: Alex McIntosh. Monte: Jacobey Johnson, Thomas Stoeckman.
TACKLES (solo-assist): Monte: Jake Danielson 5-4, Ryan Boike 5-2, Austin Hoenhe 4 1/2-5, Jas­p­ersen 4 1/2-5, Tanner Linde­mann 4-4, Ackerman 3 1/2-1, Joe Bed­nar 3-2, Brett Erickson 3-2, Jacobey Johnson 3-0, Ward 2-2.

West Central South Football
Final Conf. All
Lac qui?Parle Valley 5-1 6-1
Morris Area 5-1 5-2
BOLD 4-2 5-2
ACGC 4-2 4-3
Yellow Med. East 3-3 3-4
Minnewaska 3-3 3-4
Montevideo 2-4 2-5
Benson 2-4 2-5
Paynesville 2-4 2-5
Long Prairie-GE 0-6 0-7

Friday’s Results
Morris 54, Montevideo 22

LqP Valley 48, LPGE 16
BOLD 33, ACG 18
YME 34, Benson 12
Minnewaska 29, Paynesville 26