No. 5 Eagles edge No. 2 Mustangs
ARMSTRONG – What looked like a scoring bonanza in the first quarter suddenly slowed into a slug-it-out type of game.
After the dust settled, North Sentral Kossuth came out on atop in the 30-28 win in the battle of the NO. 5 Eagles against No. 2 Armstrong-Ringsted.
“You couldn’t ask for a better game,” said A-R coach Robert Zotz. “We overcame a lot of adversity, but fell a little short.”
The game opened in typical fashion with A-R’s Tyler Tonderum breaking free on a 65-yard jaunt on the first play from scrimmage.
The Eagles answered nearly as quickly. After picking up a first down, A-R failed to wrap up on a pass play and the Eagles scored from 40-plus yards out.
The Mustangs took longer to answer on the next drive, but moved the ball 65-yards with Tonderum scoring on a 3-yard run as the Mustangs led 14-6 after one quarter.
NSK’s defense stepped up in the second quarter and shut down A-R’s vaunted offense while scoring two touchdowns to take a 22-14 lead at the break.
Tonderum had the lone score in the third quarter with a 6-yard run followed by a two-point conversion to tie the game at 22-22.
But NSK won the fourth quarter 8-6. Spencer Clausen connected with Tonderum on a 49-yard pass.
The Eagles had the final say.
A-R had the edge in rushing, 1188 to 150 yards, but the Eagles did better through the air with 220 yards compared to 143 by the Mustangs.
Clausen was 7-of-13 with three interceptions. NSK was 13-of-18 with one interception. A-R also was hurt by penalties with 10 for 98 yards.
Tonderum had 22 carries for 179 yards. Clausen had 10 carries for 19 yards and Travis Hantelman had 2two carries for 10 yards.
Tonderum caught two passes for 44 yards. Craig Tigges had two catches for 41 yards and Travis Hantelman had two catches for 40 yards.Also Bryson Rezac had one catch for 18 yards.
Dakota Odermann led the defense with 16 tackles while Tigges and Rezac each had 14 and Clausen had 13.
Hantelman had one interception.
Dylan Looft and Ethan Jensen each had a sack.
A-R (4-1, 2-1) is on the road against Harris-Lake Park next Friday.