Eagles fly away from Mustangs in second half
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.
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.