Huron’s Hartman Katz makes the tackle on Brandon Valley’s Tony Tripp as teammate Reagan Francom (85) pursues on the play during their game Friday at Tiger Stadium. In the next photo, Huron running back Lucas Morris looks downfield during a carry in the opening half of their game Friday against Brandon Valley. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — The Huron Tigers gave No. 2 ranked Brandon Valley as good a game as anyone since the Lynx defeated Sioux Falls O’Gorman 18-15 in the opening week.
The Lynx, who average 43 points a game this season, were held to 31 by the Tigers in the 31-7 loss Friday evening at Tiger Stadium.
“Our kids competed hard tonight,” said Tiger coach Mike Postma. “We just couldn’t finish it.”
The two biggest stumbling blocks for the Tigers in their effort to pull the upset were the final drive of the first half and the first drive of the second.
Trailing 17-7, the Tigers’ defense tried to bend and not break as the Lynx took the field with two minutes and 29 seconds to play in the first half.
Assuming the ball on their own 36-yard line, the Tigers forced Brandon Valley to 12 plays holding the forcing Brandon Valley to run plays toward the sideline or forcing timeouts.
The clock dwindled under one minute as the Lynx set up first and goal on the 7-yard line.
A crossing pattern by Cam Holmes gained two yards as he stepped out of bounds at the 5-yard line.
Then a pass interference call on the Tigers moved the ball up to the 2-yard line with less than 30 seconds to play.
Then with first and goal at the 2-yard line the Lynx’s Tony Tripp was stopped immediately at the line of scrimmage; as he fought for yards the ball came loose.
However, during the play it was ruled that the whistle to stop play came just prior to the fumble and the Lynx were allowed to retain possession.
Given another try, Tripp went over the right side of the Brandon Valley offensive line, finding enough room to score with 11 seconds to play before halftime.
That changed what would have been a 17-7 deficit to 24-7, in essence wiping away all the progress the Tigers had made on their previous drive to cut the lead to 10.
Brandon Valley opened the scoring, as on their second drive of the game, a drive stalled right at the Tiger 20 yard line which forced a 36-yard field goal by Devan West.
On Brandon Valley’s next drive, they showed just how lethal they could be, as it only took three plays for them to drive 50 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
A pair of passing plays where quarterback Chase Marso found receivers for 14 and 11 yards respectively pushed the line of scrimmage to the 25-yard line before Tripp scored the first of three touchdowns as he raced around the left end for a 25-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers answered back midway through the second period as they went 75 yards in 14 plays, helped along by a roughing the punter call and a pass interference call on a faked punt.
After the second of these penalties, the Tigers found themselves with first and 10 at the Lynx’s 40-yard line.
A triple option play ended with fullback Tyler Kleinsasser rumbling up the middle, breaking tackles for a 14-yard gain.
That put the Tigers at the 26 yard line.
Kleinsasser picked up another 2 yards on first down.
An incomplete pass on second down and near touchdown that Collin Boehrns couldn’t pull in left the Tigers with fourth and 8 yards.
Tiger quarterback Adam Zwanziger put the ball where only wideout Hartman Katz could dive and catch it for the Tigers’ first score of the game.
“Adam has really stepped it up since the season opener,” said Postma. “He put that ball only where Hartman could catch it and he has done that consistently over the last four games.”
Zwanziger was 11-of-19 for 139 yards unofficially on the night with a touchdown and for the fourth game did not throw an interception.
The Tigers opening drive showed much of the will to score that the scoring drive did but it sputtered and died on the Tiger 6-yard line.
The Tigers in seven plays maneuvered the ball from their own 20-yard line down the field to just outside the Lynx’s 10 yard line.
During the drive Zwanziger was 3-of-3 for 60 yards including a 39-yard pass play to Boehrns, who caught it.
On first and 10 just outside the Lynx 10-yard line, sophomore Zac Brown took it up the middle for a four yard gain.
However an option play on second ground went for no gain and a scramble by Zwanziger only got him back to the line of scrimmage as no one came open.
That left the Tigers on fourth down to call a timeout; however, the pass was a little short to be completed and the Tigers turned the ball over on downs.
Tripp then scored again, this time on a run up the middle for seven yards to make it 31-7 with 8 minutes to play in the game.
Brandon Valley’s other score came just prior to the Tigers’ lone touchdown drive as Marso found Matthew Vandeberg on an 8-yard touchdown pass.
The Tigers (0-5) play at Spearfish on Friday.
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