• Keith Hjelle

AC/GC Falls to Missouri Valley in District Opener


Any hopes that the AC/GC football team had of upsetting Missouri Valley in the district opener for both teams were quickly dashed as the Big Reds raced to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. Missouri Valley extended its lead to 35-0 by halftime, with the Chargers scoring in the fourth quarter to make the final score 42-6. The Big Reds opening drive of sixty yards resulted in their first touchdown at the 9:15 mark of the first quarter, with Skeeter Bostwick scoring on a 25 yard run. After AC/GC’s first possession netted a minus ten yards, Nick Haynes scored the second Missouri Valley touchdown in the opening stanza on a 12 yard run. Bostwick added his second score on a 39 yard scamper with 3:29 remaining in the quarter. Missouri Valley added two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a commanding 35-0 lead at halftime. Penalties and turnovers plagued the Chargers throughout the half, as they netted only 23 offensive yards on five possessions. The AC/GC defense, which had shone in the previous week versus Des Moines Christian, was not as effective as the Big Reds’ speed and execution were more than the Chargers could handle. The AC/GC defense showed improvement in the second half, as the only Missouri Valley score was the result of an errant Charger snap from center in a punting situation. Missouri Valley recovered the miscue in the end zone with 11:50 remaining in the game to make the score 42-0. On the next AC/GC possession the Chargers drove the ball from its own 18 yard line to its 48 yard line, only to have the drive stall at that point. A 45 yard punt by Logan Brinks pinned the Big Reds deep in their own territory. Successive runs for loss put the ball on the Missouri Valley 1 yard line when Nolan Wheatley recovered a fumble in the Big Reds end zone on a third down play to put the Chargers on the scoreboard. Offensively the Chargers continued to struggle in the second half, gaining a net of 44 yards on four possessions. Penalties, fumbles and a 70 yard touchdown run by Logan Brinks that was called back contributed to the low yardage total. “Missouri Valley was a pre-season pick to win our district and they showed us why on Friday night,” Charger coach Mark McDermott stated. “They are very physical and quick and we didn’t match their level of play. We will go back to work this week and prepare for AHSTW.” The loss drops the Chargers’ overall record to 1-2 and 0-1 in district play, while Missouri Valley improved to 3-0 and 1-0. ACGC’s next action is this Friday, September 15 when they will face fourth ranked Avoha/Shelby-Tenant/Walnut on the Chargers’ home field at 7 PM. BOX SCORE ACGC 0 0 0 6-- 6 Mo. Valley 21 14 0 7--42 Rushing: Logan Brinks, 9 attempts-8 yards; Ben Kingery, 8-39; Bryce Littler 3-9; Caden Wardyn, 1-0; Owen Hansen, 1-0; Devon Oberholtz, 2-0; Dylan Soper, 1-0 Passing: Bryce Littler, 6 attempts-1 completion-11yards-1 interception; Clayton Wardyn, 2-0-0-0 Receiving: Ben Kingery, 1 reception-11 yards Punts: Logan Brincks, 5 for 36 yd. average Kickoffs: Nate Schiller, 1 for 50 yds; Nate Schiller, 1-13 Punt Returns: None Kickoff Returns: Caden Wardyn, 1 for 15 yards Tackles (solos and assists): Cole Boyer, 5-9; Logan Brincks 1-4; Owen Hansen, 0-4; Kolby Jacobe, 1-2; Ben Kingery, 2-11; Gabe Rowley, 2-1; Collin Stowe, 0-2; Avery Wheatley, 0-4; Quynton Younker, 2-3; Gage Buttler, 0-1; Sam Fuller,1-0; Dusten Hansen, 0-1; Devon Oberholtz, 1-0; Nate Shiller, 0-4; Mike Ure, 1-2; Caden Wardyn, 4-1; Nolan Wheatley, 0-1 Fumble Recoveries: Mike Ure, Nolan Wheatley, Quynton Younker, each with 1

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