Mark Peschges with an interception that ended a Panther threat during last Thursday’s  home game against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

Tigers roll over TMB to close out regular season; will host Sleepy Eye this Tuesday

The Tigers scored in every quarter to earn a 38-13 win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at home Thursday.

TMB struck first with a five yard run from Ayden Horner.   Springfield soon responded with their own rushing touchdown of four yards from Ashtin Johnson.

In the second quarter, Kadin Johnson broke free for a 65 yard touchdown run and Jordan Toll caught a 14 yard pass from Brendon Buerkle for another TD, bringing the score to 21-7 at the half.

In the third quarter, Mason Leonard caught a nine yard pass from Buerkle to build a 28-7 lead.

The lead grew to 38-7 after Toll scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 51 yard pass from Buerkle and Mark Peschges tacked on three more points with a 37 yard field goal.  With less than a minute left in the game, TMB’s Blake Kruger caught an 11 yard pass from Mekhi Moua for the final score, ending the game at 38-13.

“Tonight was a beautiful night to play football. First off, we got to appreciate the guys who got the field cleaned off for us so we could play tonight,” said assistant coach Brandon Wilhelmi.  “The guys played hard, they rallied around each other and just had fun.  The defense, they played hard too and we had a lot of tackles for a loss tonight.”

Springfield outperformed TMB in almost all categories, running for 171 yards to the Panthers 149 and throwing for 223 yards to TMB’s 105.  Kadin Johnson led on the ground with 93 yards rushing and a touchdown while Ashtin Johnson followed with 63 yards and a score.  Buerkle threw for 222 yards, connecting for three touchdowns and one interception.  Toll caught four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tiger wide receivers.  Tori Helget caught five passes for 48 yards, Dylan Batzlaff caught two for 44 yards and Leonard caught one pass for nine yards and a touchdown.

On defense, Caleb Hauger led the team with 13 tackles with Heglet not far behind with 12.  Toll had one interception which he returned for 40 yards, Peschges caught an impressive one handed interception on the six yard line, and Leonard recovered a fumble.

The win improves the Tigers record to 4-2 as they get ready for Section 3A playoffs this week.  The Tigers are the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Sleepy Eye this Tuesday at 6 p.m.  The winner will take on the winner of No. 2 Wabasso and No. 7 Martin County West this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the higher seed.

The other Section 3A game is No. 4 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton hosting No. 5 Adrian/Ellsworth.  The winner will play at No. 1 Murray County Central who has a first round bye.

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