The season opener didn’t go as planned for the Minnewaska football team. The Morris-Chokio-Alberta Tigers rolled over the Lakers 42-6 in an opening-night rivalry matchup.
Four second-quarter touchdowns propelled the Tigers to a big win. Zach Bruns threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Soderberg before he ran the ball in from 47-yards out by himself.
Durgin Decker had a pair of scores before the end of the half. He completed a touchdown pass to Soderberg before taking one in on the ground.
Soderberg caught his third touchdown of the night in the third quarter off of a 48-yard completion from Bruns. Morris’ defense got in the mix when Toby Gonnerman picked off Mitchell Gruber for a 38-yard score.
Tyson Meyer had the lone touchdown for the lakers. He broke off a 37-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout.
Bruns finished the day going 7-for-8 and 152 yards under center. He threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for another. He also ran for 78 yards. Decker had 56 on the ground with a TD. Soderberg finished with 210 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Minnewaska is now 0-1 on the season and will play Rockford (1-0) on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.
MINNEWASKA 0 0 0 6 - 6
MORRIS-CHOKIO-ALBERTA 0 28 14 0 - 42
TEAM TOTALS- MINNEWASKA- First downs- 8, Rushing yards- 114, Passing yards- 28, Total plays 55, Total offense 142, Penalties- 1 infraction for 5 yards, Third downs- 2-10, Fourth downs- 2-3, Punts 4; MORRIS- First downs- 16, Rushing yards 173, Passing yards- 218, Total plays 42, Penalties- 3 infractions for 14 yards, Third downs 7-10, Fourth downs- 1-1, Punts, 2;
MINNEWASKA OFFENSE- PASSING- Mitchel Gruber 0-2; Darion Alexander 3-11, 37 yards, INT; RUSHING- Darion Alexander 7 carries, -1 yards, FUM; Aaron VerSteeg 8 carries, 48 yards; Tyson Meyer 8 carries, 39 yards; Max Reichmann 6 carries, 17 yards; David Lilenthal 1 carry, 6 yards; RECEIVING- Aaron VerSteeg 2 catches, 29 yards; Damon Uhde 1 catch, 8 yards;