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Eagles fly away from Mustangs in second half

By Staff | Sep 27, 2008

Ridge Christiansen (9) looks for an open receiver during Friday’s game in Swea City. EDN photo by Alex Ascherl

SWEA CITY – Class 8-Man No. 2 Armstrong-Ringsted has been used to big first half leads and resting the starters this season.

Playing rival North Sentral Kossuth, the two teams battled to a 14-14 halftime tie.

The Eagles (5-0) evidently had more gas in the tank in the second half and some uncharacteristic errors by the Mustangs proved too much to overcome. NSK outscored last year’s state runnersup 20-0 in the second half to take a 34-14 victory and remain atop the district standings.

“We played against a very good team tonight and lost to a very god team,” said A-R coach Robert Zotz. “We will regroup and work on getting ready for Harris-Lake Park.”

A-R started in its usual fashion taking the opening drive straight down the field and scoring on a 26-yard run by Tyler Tonderum with 10:20 left in the first.

Tyler Tonderum (25) looks for room to run behind his blocker, Ethan Jensen (72) EDN photo by Alex Ascherl

The two teams traded possessions when the Cougars started their own scoring drive which ended with a1-yard dive by quarterback Nick Larsen.

The two-point conversion failed as A-R held on to a 7-6 lead at the 3:41 mark in the first quarter.

The Mustangs retook the lead in the second half on a 12-yard touchdown run by Ridge Christiansen at the 3:30 mark. Ethan Eisenbacher converted both extra point kicks on the Mustangs scores.

The Eagles answered before the end of the half with a 15-yard pass from Larsen to Brock Beadle with 25 seconds remaining. NSK converted the two-point conversion to tie the game.

The second half was all North Sentral Kossuth.

Beadle scored on a 17-yard run with 7:53 left in the third and then caught a 30-yard pass from Larsen at the 3:19 mark. The two-point conversion gave the hosts a 28-14 lead.

A-R tried to respond and drove down to the 1-yard line, but the Eagles came up with the stop.

North Sentral Kossuth added one-more score with 3:15 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard pass.

The Eagles out-rushed the Mustangs 283 to 136. Christiansen had 77-yards rushing while Tonderum had 60.

Christiansen was 6-of-13 passing for 91 yards.

Tanner LaBore had two catches for 45 yards and Tonderum caught two passes for 9 yards.

Christiansen led the defense with 17 tackles while Cody Hantelman had 14. Seth Anderson and Travis Hantelman each had 11 tackles.

A-R (4-1, 2-1) hosts Harris-Lake Park next Friday.