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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Tigers, rain put damper on homecoming

  • On a rainy, windy Friday night in Montevideo, weather conditions were much more conducive to a rushing attack than an aerial game.
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  • On a rainy, windy Friday night in Montevideo, weather conditions were much more conducive to a rushing attack than an aerial game.
    That was just fine with Morris Area/Chokio-Al­berta, as the Tigers ground out an 18-7 win over the Thunder Hawks to put a damper on Montevideo’s homecoming festivities.
    The Tigers were quite content to keep the ball on the ground, rolling up 344 rushing yards on 50 carries, for an average of nearly 7 yards per attempt. Morris Area/Chokio-Al­berta’s primary weapon and workhorse was junior running back Isaac Wente, who gained 256 yards on 35 carries and scored the Tigers’ first and final touchdowns.
    Trailing 12-0 at halftime, Montevideo drove to the Tigers 20-yard line to open the second half, but lost the ball on downs.
    Montevideo finally got on the scoreboard with 7:38 left in the game on a 16-yard run by Dazhown Coleman, the transfer from Lac qui Parle Valley’s first touchdown as a Thunder Hawk. Austin Hiepler’s conversion pulled Monte­video within 12-7, giving the wet, but still enthusiastic Montevideo student section hopes for a homecoming victory.
    Montevideo’s defense forced a punt, but the T-Hawks were unable to move the ball and also had to punt.
    Getting the ball on Montevideo’s 44-yard line, Wente gained 18 yards and scored the game-clinching touchdown on a 25-yard run with 2:52 remaining.
    “Our kids played hard and (we) had our chances,” said Montevideo coach Dave Vik. “We slipped once on a run that looked as if it would have gone all the way, we bobbled a ball on another and missed a couple of passing opportunities for big gains. Defensively, we gave up way too many yards after initial contact on their backs. We need to wrap up upon contact and swarm to the ball.”
    The T-Hawks (2-4) will finish the regular season with road games against BOLD (4-2) Friday and Melrose (3-3) Wednesday.
    “They are big and physical,” Vik said of BOLD. “They haven’t passed much in previous games and we expect that they will try and pound it at us.
    “We don’t know a lot about Melrose as we haven’t scouted them yet. They are big up front and have a very quick tailback.”
    There are seven teams in Montevideo’s Section 6AAA this season. New London-Spicer (5-1) is currently the only team with a record over .500. If the playoffs started today, the Thunder Hawks would be the seventh seed and play their first-round game at Annandale on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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