• Keith Hjelle

No "Frosting", Chargers Drop Homecoming Tilt, 14-9


There is an old adage regarding homecoming that says a win in the football game is "frosting on the cake", capping a week full of traditional homecoming activities, including the dress theme for each day, the making of class banners, the skits, the parade, the pep fest, the coronation of royalty, and the dance. Unfortunately there was no "frosting" this year for the ACGC Chargers, as they fell to Treynor 14-9 in the homecoming contest on Friday night.

In what was largely a defensive battle, neither team moved the ball in their first two possessions. ACGC started both of its initial possessions with its persistent nemesis--a penalty, making it that much more difficult to generate any offense.

Following a Charger punt, Treynor began a 77 yard drive from its own 23 yard line that resulted in a four yard touchdown run by Jake Fisher. The PAT failed, giving the Cardinals a 6-0 lead with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter.

The Chargers then put together an impressive drive of their own. Following an 18 yard kick off return to the 28 yard line by Caden Wardyn, ACGC moved the ball on the ground and in the air. The drive was highlighted by a 24 yard pass from Wardyn to Kolby Jacobe, some hard running by Ben Kingery and Wardyn, and a 17 yard pass from Bryce Littler to Gabe Rowley that put the ball on Treynor's 12 yard line. After three incomplete passes, Will Byers successfully hit on a 28 yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 6-3.

Treynor immediately answered with a score of its own when Kyle Christensen ran 56 yards for a touchdown, capping off a 77 yard drive. A successful two point conversion made the score 14-3 with 8:20 remaining in the half.

Late in second quarter the Chargers began a drive on its own 47 yard line that included two Littler to Wardyn passes totaling 34 yards. On a third down play from the Treynor 13 yard line, Wardyn scampered into the end zone with 48 seconds remaining in the half, cutting the deficit to 14-9. A two point conversion attempt failed after the Chargers were assessed a 5 yard penalty for illegal motion.

The second half was played mostly between the twenty yard lines, with no scoring by either team. On two occasions the Chargers had the ball in the red zone in the fourth quarter, giving the local fans hope for some of that sweet "frosting", but the ball was turned over on downs both times.

Coach Mark McDermott was upbeat after the loss when he said, "Really proud of the effort the boys gave against Treynor on homecoming night. Great job by the defense on shutting down a really good Treynor offense. Congratulations to Will Byars on his first career field goal."

With the loss the Charger record falls to 1-5 on the season, and 0-4 in district play. On the bright side, the Charger offensive output was the most since the second game of the season, with 213 total yards gained. This Friday, Oct. 6 the team will travel to Manning to face IKM-Manning. Game time is scheduled for 7 PM.

Line Score:

Treynor 6 8 0 0-14

ACGC 0 9 0 0- 9

Statistics

Rushing: Logan Brincks, 1 attempt- -3 yards; Ben Kingery, 17-42; Bryce Littler, 2-2; Caden Wardyn, 17-70

Passing: Bryce Littler, 16 attempts-6 completions-77 yards; Caden Wardyn, 2-1-22

Receiving: Will Byars, 1 reception-15 yards; Kolby Jacobe, 1-22; Gabe Rowley, 1-15; Caden Wardyn, 4-47.

Punts: Logan Brincks, 2 for 33 yd, average; Quynton Younker, 3-32.3

Kick Offs: Quynton Younker, 3 for 37.3 yd, average

Kick Off Returns: Caden Wardyn, 2 for 22.5 yd. average

Interceptions: Avery Wheatley, 1 for 0 yd. return

Fumble recoveries: Sam Fuller, 1

Tackles: Solo, Assists, Total: Cole Boyer, 7-7-10.5; Logan Brincks, 3-3-4.5; Will Byars, 3-0-3; Sam Fuller, 2-4-4; Spencer Grove, 0-3-1.5; Kolby Jacobe, 3-2-4; Ben Kingery, 7-6-10; Gabe Rowley, 0-3-1.5; Collin Stowe, 1-4-3; Caden Wardyan, 6-2-7; Avery Wheatley, 3-6-6; Quynton Younker, 7-5-9.5


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