With their passing attack slowed down by a good Melrose secondary, the Montevideo football team resorted to some old-fashioned, smash-mouth football to score a 23-12 West Central Conference North win over the Dutchmen here Friday.


With their passing attack slowed down by a good Melrose secondary, the Montevideo football team resorted to some old-fashioned, smash-mouth football to score a 23-12 West Central Conference North win over the Dutchmen here Friday.

Senior fullback Jake Douglas was the offensive workhorse for the Thunder Hawks, gaining 236 yards on 32 carries and scoring on runs of 1, 54 and 4 yards.

After lighting up the scoreboard the first two games this season, the T-Hawks found themselves trailing 6-0 in the waning moments of the first half following Josh Harren’s 63-yard touchdown interception return of an attempted screen pass.

But senior Kyle TeBeest booted a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give Montevideo some much needed momentum heading into the locker room.

The T-Hawks would control the second half featuring  the hard running of Douglas behind the offensive line of Jordan Tol­lakson, Derek Rode­berg, Thomas Stoeck­man, Tan­ner Lindemann and Josh Henderson.

“Thomas Stoeckman dom­inated their nose guard all night long. When you can do that to the nose guard of a 3-4 defense, you will be able to run the ball well,” said Montevideo coach Dave Vik.

The defense did its job, too. A hit by Tollakson caused a fumble that was recovered by Grant Tufto, setting up Montevideo’s go-ahead touchdown — a 1-yard plunge by Douglas.

The Dutchmen gambled on fourth down on their next possession and Brett Bergeson came up with another big defensive stop.

Douglas quickly converted the turnover into a 54-yard TD run.

Melrose scored midway through the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 17-12, but the T-Hawks responded with a 623 yard scoring drive capped by Douglas’ 4-yard run.

The T-Hawks will face what will likely be their biggest test of the conference season when they travel to Albany Friday.

Scoring by quarters
Mel. 0 6 0 6   —  12
Monte 0 3 14 6   —   23
Second Quarter
Melrose — Josh Harren 63 interception return (kick failed).
Monte — Kyle TeBeest 38 FG.
Third Quarter
Monte — Jake Douglas 1 run (Derek Rodeberg kick).
Monte — Douglas 54 run (Rodeberg kick).
Fourth Quarter
Monte — Douglas 4 run (kick failed).

Team stats Mel. Monte
First downs 15 19
Total net yards  273  362
Plays 64 62
Net yards rushing 215 237
Attempts 50 40
Net yards passing   58 125
Comp-att-int 5-14-1 8-22-3
Fumbles lost 1 0
Punts-avg 3-22 3-30
Penalties-yards 5-30 1-5
Individual leaders:
RUSHING: Melrose: Vic Scher­­­ping 8-108, Alex Welle 18-72. Monte: Jake Douglas 32-236, Phillip Ward 3-5.        
PASSING: Melrose: Isaac Saw­yer 5-14-1, 58 yards. Monte: Bergeson 8-22-3, 125 yards.   
RECEIVING: Melrose: Scottie Stone 2-18, Sawyer 1-15, Welle 1-14, Ryan Elfering 1-11. Monte: Joe Bednar 4-65, Colton Vien 2-28, Kyle TeBeest 1-28, Ward 1-4.             
INTERCEPTIONS: Melrose: Josh Harren 1, Seth Noll 1, Jordan Welle 1. Monte: Kyle TeBeest 1.     
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Monte: Grant Tufto 1.
TACKLES (solo-assist): Monte: Bergeson 9-4, Charles O’Malley 7-5, Douglas 4-2, Ward 4-2, Tanneer Lindemann 3-3, Jordan Tollakson 2-2.
SACKS:?Monte: O’Malley 1, Douglas 1, Ward 1, Tollakson 1.