Mustangs celebrate home victory in style
ARMSTRONG – Armstrong-Ringsted jumped out to a quick start scoring twice in the first 5 minutes against Corwith-Wesley Luverne.
Although the Panthers made the state semifinals a year ago, the Mustangs were still too much, scoring two touchdowns in each quarter on the way to a 57-16 victory.
“We love playing in front of the home crowd,” said A-R coach Robert Zotz. “It generates great energy for our team.”
The Mustangs took their opening drive straight to pay dirt.
Tyler Tonderum ran the ball three times and the Spencer Clausen took the ball to the CWL 25. After a 4-yard run by Travis Hantelman, Clausen completed a 20-yard pass to Tonderum to the 1-yard line.
On first and goal, Clausen was tackled for a loss and it took Tonderum two tries to score on a 2-yard run.
The Ethan Eisenbacher kick made it 7-0 at the 8:49 mark in the first quarter.
The Panthers first drive started at the 15 and the visitors were forced back three straight times. On first down, Craig Tigges held up the runner and then received some help from his teammates to complete the tackle. Bryson Rezac got deep into the backfield on the next play. An incomplete pass on third down forced CWL to punt.
But Tigges got a good rush and blocked the punt with Hantelman falling on the ball in the endzone. Eisenbacher’s kick gave A-R a 14-0 lead at the 7:22 mark.
That was still the score at the end of the first quarter, but A-R went to work.
Tonderum scored on a 59-yard run and Clausen had an 18-yard pass to Hantelman as A-R led 28-8 at the break.
In the third quarter, Clausen connected on a 46-yard pass to Hantelman and Tonderum had a 1-yard run giving A-R a 42-16 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Tonderum completed the night with a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Tyler Feddersen scored on an 8-yard run with Dylan Moore running in the two-point conversion.
Tonderum ended the night with 149 yards on the ground while and 19 yards receiving.
Clausen had 63 yards on the ground and was 3-5 passing for 83 yards. Hantelman had the other two catches and also rushed for 18 yards.
Feddersen had 30 yards rushing while Dakota Oderman had 3 and Tigges had 1.
Defensively, Oderman led A-R with 14 tackles with Tigges and Hantelman each had 13 and Tonderum had 12.
Rezac recovered a fumble and had a sack.
A-R (2-0) is home against West Bend-Mallard next Friday.