The Montevideo Thun­der Hawks football team’s home opener was spoiled last Friday by a potent Morris/Chokio-Alberta offense.

The Montevideo Thun­der Hawks football team’s home opener was spoiled last Friday by a potent Morris/Chokio-Alberta offense. The Hawks kept the game close in the first quarter, but by the time the game was over, they found themselves with a 49-21 loss.

A wild and wooly first quarter saw Morris score two touchdowns as a result of two turnovers committed by Monte’s punt return team, and Monte scored a touchdown on a turnover by Morris’ punt return team.

Both teams also put together nice scoring drives in the first quarter. Thunder Hawks running back Chase Korte broke through on a 29 yard  scamper around the left end for a touchdown.

When the dust settled at the end of the first quarter, Monte trailed Morris by a score of 21-14.

Monte’s offense sputtered in the second quarter, while the Tigers added 14 points to take a 35-14 lead into the locker room at the half.

Morris continued to rack up points in the third quarter, adding 14 for a 49-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Monte put together a nice drive in the fourth quarter which was capped by a three yard touchdown run by Brady Hogrefe. It was Hogrefe’s first varsity touchdown, and made the final score 49-21 in favor of the Tigers.

Korte and Trent Dreyer provided some exciting highlights for Monte fans. In addition to his 29 yard TD run, Korte added a two yard scoring run and he had 77 yards rushing.

Dreyer had 73 combined rushing and receiving yards, and had some long gainers in both.

Morris quarterback Zach Bruns threw for 143  yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for a touchdown.

The Thunder Hawks are on the road tomorrow night when they travel to take on the Minnewaska Area Lakers.

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