Tigers slay Dragons to move to 7-0
Tigers 20 Adrian 7
For those who like watching penalty free, up and down football, this was not the game for you as Springfield handled Adrian 20-7 on the road Thursday night.
In a game laced with clock filling offense and yellow flags, the Tigers took an instant lead and never looked back. Springfield’s Jordan Toll took the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown, putting the Tigers up 6-0. On their next drive, Springfield built a 14-0 lead on a one yard touchdown pass from Decker Scheffler to Mason Leonard and a two point conversion by Mason Rummel.
From then on, the air was taken out of the ball as Adrian used a methodical clock killing attack to keep the ball away from the Tigers offense. The score remained 14-0 until the fourth quarter when Adrian got on the board with a seven yard touchdown pass, cutting the lead to 14-7. Springfield responded with their big-play offense striking last as Scheffler found Nolan Hovland for a 53 yard touchdown, putting the final score 20-7.
The Tigers ran only 36 plays on offense, putting up 181 yards passing and 72 rushing. Scheffler completed 11 of 15 passes for 181 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Nolan Hovland led the Tigers with 108 yards receiving followed by Tori Helget with 33 yards, Kadin Johnson 20 yards, Jordan Toll 14 yards, Dylan Batzlaff 5 yards and Mason Leonard 1 yard.
Mason Rummel put up 78 yards rushing on just 10 carries followed by Kadin Johnson with 18 yards on 3 carries and Curtis Tauer with 4 yards on 2 carries.
As they have all season, the Tiger defense stepped up to the task, including two crucial second half fourth and short stops by Rummel and Ivan Hovland. Ivan Hovland led the Tigers with 16 tackles and 1 pass deflection. Mason Rummel had 10 tackles and 1 pass deflection. Curtis Tauer had 8 tackles, Kadin Johnson 7 tackles and Tyler Michel 6 tackles. Nolan Hovland, Jason Berberich and Jordan Toll each had 5 tackles with Hovland adding a forced fumble. Xandar Asmus had 4 tackles and Sylvan Tauer had 3 tackles for the Tigers. Tori Helget, Decker Scheffler and Caleb Hauger each had 2 tackles and Mason Leonard, Kyle Quesenberry, Jerry Majors, Owen Bertram, Dylan Rubey, Ashtin Johnson and Mark Peschges each had 1 tackle.
Springfield held Adrian to 214 yards, 182 of which came on the ground. Springfield had 12 first downs compared to Adrian’s 10 first downs. The two teams combined for 19 penalties for 212 yards. Springfield had nine of those penalties for 103 yards.
Due to the MEA school break, the Tigers will host New Ulm Cathedral this Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at Riverside Park. Come out and watch the Tigers defend their 7-0 record in the last game of the regular season.