MITCHELL ó The Huron Tigers held on for a 28-21 victory against the Mitchell Kernels in the final game of the regular season on Friday at Joe Quintel Field.
The victory marked the first time the Tigers have recorded a win against their rival from the south in more than a decade. Huron last defeated Mitchell in 2002.
Senior Lucas Morrison, who had to step in at the quarterback position after starting QB Will Carr was sidelined because of a broken hand suffered during the Aberdeen Central game, racked up 304 yards rushing on 20 carries to lead the Tigers to the victory.
Morrison had a pair of touchdown run, with both coming on Fourth down-and-1 situations. He scored on a 14-yard run on Huronís opening drive and used a 46-yard run to give Huron a 14-7 lead with 11:48 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Morrisonís touchdown carry in the final quarter propelled the Tigers to a run of 21 unanswered points.
On the ensuing possession, Mitchell moved deep into Huron territory, but a big stop by Collin Boehrns on fourth down gave the ball back to the Tigers.
Huron then matched the ball 72 yards in a little over a minute to add to its lead. Zac Brown capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 21-6 in favor of Huron with 8:06 to play.
An interception by Houstyn Heinz on Mitchellís next possession set the Tigers up for their next scoring opportunity.
Tyler Kleinsasser put the Huron ahead 28-7 with 5:58 to play with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Despite having a 21-point advantage, the game was far from in the bag for the Tigers. Mitchell scored a pair of touchdowns in just two minutes and 20 seconds to make it 28-21 with 1:53 to play.
Nathn Wahlen scored on a 3-yard pass from Kanin Nelson to make it 28-14 with 3:13 to play. After the Kernels recovered on on-side kick, Nelson scored on a 6-yard run to slice Huronís lead to 28-21 with 1:53 remaining.
A second on-side kick was unsuccessful and the Tigers were able to run the clock out for their third victory of the season.
Huron finished with 438 yards rushing. In addition to Morrisonís total of 304, Brown had 96 yards rushing on 21 carries and Kleinsasser finished with nine carries for 39 yards.
Morrison completed just one of five passing attempts for 28 yards for the Tigers.
Boehrns led Huron defensively with nine tackles, while Brady Edleman had eight solo stops and two assists. Connor Gose finished with eight solo tackles and one assisted, while Kleinsasser had seven solo and eight assisted tackles and Heinz had six solo and three assisted tackles.
Mitchell finished with 161 yards on the ground and 164 yards through the air. Nelson rushed 14 times for 81 yards and was 16 of 28 passing, with the one interception.
Both teams advance to the Class 11AA playoffs, which begin Tuesday and both will more than likely have to travel in the opening round.
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