Mustangs outrun Wolves
LAKE PARK – While cold, wet and dreary described the weather in Lake Park on Friday night, the Armstrong-Ringsted Mustangs were anything but cold.
A week after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of North Sentral Kossuth, the A-R Mustangs dominated the Wolves of Harris-Lake Park 70-6.
Tyler Tonderum opened the scoring by picking off a H-LP pass and taking it back 17 yards for a touchdown with 11:10 left in the first quarter.
The extra point by Ethan Eisenbacher gave the Mustangs a 7-0 lead.
Following a three-and-out the special teams of A-R made their presence felt as a Mustang got a piece of the ensuing punt, allowing them to take over at the 10-yard line.
Tonderum put A-R on the board once again with a 9-yard touchdown run off the right side. A missed PAT by Eisenbacher made the score 13-0 with 7:59 left in the first quarter.
The Mustangs held H-LP to its second straight three-and-out, and after a shanked punt, took over at the 25-yard line.
On third down Spencer Clausen took the ball in from 10 yards out but the play was waived back due to an illegal block in the back. The Mustangs stalled in the red zone and Eisenbacher drilled a 25-yard field goal with 3:49 to go in the first to make the score 16-0.
A-R wasted no time getting on the board once again after a H-LP three-and-out as Clausen scampered 42 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
Eisenbacher drilled the PAT to give the Mustangs a 23-0 lead with 2:10 remaining in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Tonderum again scored for the Mustangs on an 11-yard touchdown run with 9:42 remaining, making the score 30-0 following the PAT.
With 6:38 remaining in the second quarter, Clausen displayed his passing ability connecting with Travis Hantleman on a 45 yard toss.
Eisenbacher missed his second PAT of the game, leaving the score at 36-0.
H-LP’s ensuing drive was cut short as Tonderum intercepted his second pass of the game with 6:20 left in the half.
Long touchdown runs by Clausen and Tonderum were followed by three-and-outs by H-LP, making the score 50-0 with 2:43 remaining in the half. A-R coach Robert Zotz brought in the junior varsity to close out the game.
Sophomore Dakota Odermann led A-R in rushing with 111 yards on just eight carries, including a 54-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Fellow sophomore Tyler Feddersen totalled 101 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.
Clausen rushed seven times for 93 yards and two touchdowns and Tonderum rushed nine times for 81 yards and three scores.
Clausen was 2-for-3 passing for 65 yards and a score.
Hantelman had two grabs for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Odermann also led the team in tackles with nine. He was followed by Brett Thackery with eight and Craig Tigges with six.
Tonderum had two interceptions and Zack Zeman had one.
David Leach led the sack parade with one and a half. He was followed by Tigges, Dylan Looft, Bryson Rezac with one and Colton McConnell with a half.
A-R out-gained the Wolves 405 to minus 25 yards on the ground, while H-LP was able to accumulate 140 yards through the air to A-R’s 65.
The Mustangs (5-1, 3-1) will host Ruthven-Ayershire next Friday in Armstrong.