Tigers lose heartbreaker to Bulldogs in OT
It was a tale of two halves on Friday as the Medford Tigers lost to the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs, 46-44 in overtime.
Both team sputtered early and LPHT held a 8-6 halftime advantage before both team’s offenses exploded in the second half.
“In the first half, we shot ourselves in the foot on
the first couple of drives,” Medford head coach Jerome Johannes said. “We were able to get the ball deep in their zone, but were not able to get any scores.”
The Tigers (3-2) and Bulldogs (3-2) each scored 38 points in the second half and overtime, and Medford had a slight edge in total yardage
430 to 415.
“The game was a back and forth battle from there,”
Johannes said. “Even though we were able to outgain them in the game, we were not able
to get the win.” Medford quarterback
Willie VonRuden and
running back Jerone Chavis combined for nearly 400 rushing yards. VonRuden also ran in four touchdowns.
“Willie [VonRuden] and Jerone [Chavis] were on fire running the ball,” Johannes said. “Our offensive line was aggressive and won the line of scrimmage the entire night.”
However, LPHT was also to get its running game going in the second half.
Johannes said his team had no answer for Bulldogs’ running back Tyler Scheevel in the second half.
“It was a back and forth affair that saw some great highlights,” he said.
The Tigers tied the game
late in the fourth quarter to force overtime
when VonRuden dashed 57 yards for a touchdown. He completed 8-of-17 passes for 52 yards and a score, but he also threw two interceptions.
Chavis caught six balls for 46 yards and a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 77 yards and score.
“Jerone [Chavis] with a kickoff return for a touchdown, and Willie scoring a TD in the fourth quarter to tie the game to send it into overtime,” Johannes said.
The Bulldogs scored first in overtime and converted the two-point conversion attempt to take a 46-38 lead.
The Tigers answered with a score of their own, but came away short on the conversion attempt to end the game.
“Our team effort was outstanding,” Johannes said. “But the outcome comes down making too many mistakes and not being able to score in the first quarter when we had the opportunities.”
Medford travels to Saint Clair-Mankato Loyola Friday to take on the Cyclones (4-1).
SCML only loss came against undefeated United South Central (5-0). The Cyclones have defeated LPHT, Kingsland (0-5), Minnesota Valley Lutheran sville-Waldorf-