State champions explode past Tigers

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


ETHAN BRINKMAN of Howards Grove returns a kickoff in the first quarter of Thursday’s football opener against Shiocton. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ETHAN BRINKMAN of Howards Grove returns a kickoff in the first quarter of Thursday’s football opener against Shiocton. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – Defending Division 6 state champion Shiocton overpowered the Howards Grove Tigers, 45-0, in nonconference football action here Thursday night.

The game was the season opener for both teams. The Tigers trailed only 15-0 at halftime but were unable to were unable to stay with a strong, quick Shiocton team which outscored HGHS 30-0 in the second half.

The Chiefs dominated on both sides of the ball as they rolled up 363 yards rushing and held the Tigers to only 65 yards in total offense. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Schmidt spearheaded Shiocton’s punishing ground attack with 174 yards on only 12 carries (14.5-yard average per attempt).

Schmidt, who ran the option very adeptly, also had touchdown runs of 13 and 27 yards. Senior running back Garrett Gunderson contributed 122 yards rushing for the Chiefs.


ETHAN BRINKMAN of Howards Grove returns a kickoff in the first quarter of Thursday’s football opener against Shiocton. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ETHAN BRINKMAN of Howards Grove returns a kickoff in the first quarter of Thursday’s football opener against Shiocton. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Shiocton stunned the Tigers at the beginning of the game when Austin Riehl returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a TD. The two-point conversion pass was no good and the Chiefs led 6-0.

The Tigers went three-andout on its first possession. Shioc- ton took over at its 46 following a punt, combined with a 15-yard penalty on the Chiefs for a block in the back.

The Chiefs ran the ball seven straight times, capped off by Schmidt’s 13-run TD burst on a keeper with 6:40 left in the first quarter. Shiocton led 12-0 after the two-point conversion pass failed.

Early in the second quarter, the Tigers put together their best drive of the first half after their defense held on downs at the Tiger 34-yard line. After a 15-yard, personal-foul penalty against the Chiefs moved the ball to the HGHS 45, running back Brad Olson ripped off a 10-yard run to the Shiocton 45.

One play later, Olson slammed his way for 8 more yards, followed by a 3-yard carry which gave the home team a first down at the 34. The possession stalled at the 25 when quarterback Luke Stanczyk was tackled 1 yard short of a first down after gaining 1 on a keeper.

The Chiefs upped their lead to 15-0 on a 34-yard field goal by Gavin Braun as time expired in the first half.

“We started with a top-quality opponent and hung with them for the first half after a kickoff return for a TD on the first play,” said Tiger head coach David Schmid.

“They turned it up in the second half and we struggled to match their intensity.

“The game had a much better feel than last year’s game as I felt we matched up with them better. We will have a number of things to work on but we will not let this dampen a promising season,” said Schmid.

The Tigers lost to Shiocton, 58-0, in last year’s opener.

SHIOCTON
45

HOWARDS GROVE
0

Shi HG
First downs………….......17 5
Rushing Yards….……...363 32
Passing Yards.................12 33
Comp-Att-Int……..…..1-6-0 7-17-1
Penalties-Yards...........5-55 4-30
Punts-Averages...........3-29 6-31
Fumbles-Lost……….….0-0 1-1

Score by Quarters

Shiocton...................12 3 18 12 45
HowardsGrove.........000 00

Scoring

Shi – Austin Riehl 95 kickoff return (pass failed)

Shi – Nathan Schmidt 13 run (pass failed)

Shi – FG Gavin Braun 34

Shi – Henry Fielding 2 run (pass failed)

Shi – Levi Stueber 3 run (run failed)

Shi – Schmidt 27 run (pass failed)

Shi – Austin Duenas 14 run (kick failed)

Shi – Fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed)

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing – Shiocton, Schmidt 12- 174, Garrett Gunderson 12-122. Howards Grove, Brad Olson 9-30.

Passing – Shiocton, Schmidt 1-6- 0-12. Howards Grove, Luke Stanczyk 7-16-1-33.

Receiving – Shiocton, Gavin Braun 1-12. Howards Grove, Jonah Gerber 4_-_2_8.________________________


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