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Football: Second half costs Lakers in 40-0 loss to Tigers

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Football: Second half costs Lakers in 40-0 loss to Tigers
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A big second half helped the Morris football team run away with a 40-0 win against Minnewaska last Friday night.

The Tigers scored 28 points after halftime to break open what was a 12-0 game at the break. The Tigers controlled the game by running for 386 yards on 47 carries. That helped them overcome 120 yards on 11 penalties.

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"We really got steamrolled in the second half," Lakers' head coach Steve Hill said. "Our defense battled hard in the first half, but we had some injuries at the linebacker position and had trouble on the edge and gave up huge chunks of yardage, similar to the YME game."

The Lakers' struggles to get their own running game going continued. They ran for just 31 yards on 25 carries. Andrew Amundson threw for 122 yards on eight completions, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tiger offense off the field.

"We still have not found our running game, which makes it difficult to string 10 or so plays together for a drive," Hill said. "Our passing game shows lots of promise, but we need to run the ball much better. We are putting too much pressure on our defense."

The Minnewaska defense played well in stretches on Friday night. Eric Elbe had a big game with 11 tackles, one for a loss, two sacks and a blocked kick.

"Danny Holtkamp and Micah Klemme played real well at the defensive tackle spots," Hill said. "Eric Elbe played a great game. He can really be a dominant player and he showed that against Morris. Tyrel Swensrud also played well at the linebacker position. Brady Johnsrud had another very good game at corner."

It wasn't quite enough, though, as the Lakers fell to 0-3 on the season. They will try to bounce back at home this Friday against a 2-1 BOLD team. The Warriors are coming off a 26-0 win over Yellow Medicine East.

GAME STATISTICS

MORRIS 6 6 14 14 - 40

MINNEWASKA 0 0 0 0 - 0

TEAM STATISTICS - Minnewaska - First downs - 8; Rushing - 25-31; Passing - 9-25, 125 yards, 2 interceptions; Fumbles lost - 1; Penalties - 4-20; Morris - First downs - 14; Rushing - 47-386, 5 TD; Passing - 6-22, 55 yards, interception, TD; Penalties - 11-120

MINNEWASKA OFFENSE - Rushing - Mike Nielsen - 3-7; Blake Johnsrud - 2-4; Kevin Jenks - 5-3; Lucas Anderson - 1-1; Andrew Amundson - 4/-17; Passing - Amundson - 8-22, 122 yards, interception; Andrew Ostrander - 0-1, interception; Receiving - Eric Elbe - 5-54; Shane Bosek - 1-8; Johnsrud - 2-62; Sam Long - 1-3

DEFENSE - A. Amundson - 2 tackles; Brady Johnsrud - 8 tackles, interception, pass break-up; Elbe - 11 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 tackle for loss, 1 blocked kick; Jenks - 5 tackles, pass break-up; Micah Klemme - 3 tackles; Tyrel Swensrud - 5 tackles; Kyle Schmitz - 2 tackles; Bosek - 2 tackles; Andrew Ostrander - 3 tackles; Nielsen - 3 tackles; Lucas Anderson - 2 tackles; Kris Daniels - 1 tackle; Nathan Snider - 9 tackles; Long - 2 tackles; Spencer Ostrander - 2 tackles; Zach Sanford - 2 tackles; Travis Moen - 2 tackles; Zach Steffensen - 2 tackles; Danny Holtkamp - 5 tackles; Taylor Lundebrek - 1 tackle; Trenton Berg - 1 tackle

SPECIAL TEAMS - Kickoffs - Berg - 1-55; Punting - Elbe - 7-245, 35 average, 48 long; Punt returns - Lundebrek - 1-2; Long - 1-0; Kickoff returns - Long - 2-15, 10 long; Jenks - 3-19, 10 long; Oberg - 1-7; Daniels - 1-0

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