The MACA boys rolled over Yellow Medicine East in Friday football action. It was win No. 4 for the surging Tigers. Remember when Granite Falls by itself was a football power? Today, folded in as part of YME, a lot of the firepower seems to have been lost. I remember in the late 1980s, the Tigers used a trick play to beat Granite Falls in a highly memorable game at Granite Falls. That era is fading into the past.
Today, MACA is certainly connecting on all cylinders. The Tigers improved their season record to 4-1 with this 34-0 triumph. We scored in every quarter. We accumulated 279 rushing yards. The passing game, while not used often, was efficient and effective. Quarterback Trent Marty completed three passes in six attempts for 93 yards. Eric Staebler had two of the catches for 59 yards. Andrew Ulrich had the other catch for an ample 34 yards.
The Tigers capitalized on YME turnovers. We intercepted three passes and recovered three fumbles.
Jacob Zosel bulled forward, getting 101 rushing yards on 14 carries of the football. The balanced rushing attack also featured Chase Metzger getting 73 yards on four carries. Connor Koebernick added 52 yards to the mix on seven carries. Signal-caller Marty was effective with 41 rushing yards on eight carries. Kyle Staebler rushed for nine yards and Taylor Staples added five. Eric Staebler did the Tigers' punting.
The first quarter ended with MACA up 6-0. It was Metzger scoring that touchdown on a 19-yard run. Zosel was off to the races on a 42-yard scoring run in the second quarter, and he carried again successfully on the conversion play, so halftime arrived with the score 14-0.
MACA momentum grew into the second half. Metzger had two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter, the first covering 17 yards, the second covering eight. Ryan Dietz ran for the two-point conversion after the eight-yard scamper. MACA made its final scoring statement of the night when Taylor Staples ran the ball into the end zone from the three.
MACA had just two successful scoring plays among the five touchdowns. We accumulated 12 first downs en route to the win. We lost one fumble and were penalized nine times for 70 yards.
YME was not able to establish any sort of passing game. That's an understatement, really, as the Sting had no completions and three interceptions. Ballcarriers who gained yards for the host Sting were Jordan Odegard, Austin Friese, Bryce Schmidt, Garrett Nordang and Miles Kattevold. Garrett Schmitz was the YME quarterback. Bright spots for YME were Jordan Odegard with an interception and Miles Kattevold with a fumble recovery.
Karly Fehr was the set assist machine with 20. Lindsey Dierks executed two ace blocks. One ace block each came from Brooke Gillespie, Ashley Solvie and Moira McNally. Gillespie had ten digs followed by Dierks with eight and Decker with seven. At the serving line, Riley Decker pounded two serve aces. One ace each came from Gillespie, Fehr, Dierks and Carly Maanum.
On to the hitting department. Here it was Gillespie and Dierks setting the pace, each with six kills. Solvie and Haley Erdahl each pounded four kills. Jenna Howden delivered three kills. One kill each came from Fehr, Maanum and McNally.
Abby VerSteg had seven kills for the host Lakers. Emma Middendorf had six ace blocks. Bailey Stewart topped the Lakers in digs with 22. Taylor Amundson was the chief 'Waska setter with 14 assists. And in serving, VerSteg led the 'Waska effort with two aces followed by Kaylee Glover and Marie Styve each with one.
The Tigers enter the new week with a 6-0 overall record, 5-0 in conference.
Malory Anderson was No. 11 to the finish line, clocked at 21:41.0. Kylie Raths turned in a 21:52.7 time, good for 13th; and Midori Soderberg was 32nd with her 21:19.2 clocking. Anna Donnay of Eden Valley-Watkins was the first place girls runner, timed at 18:50.9. The runner-up was Carissa Vanderwal of Ortonville with her time of 20:32.6.
The boys race was won by Keiser Freetly of LQPV/DB, timed at 17:25.5. His Eagle teammate, John Wagner, was runner-up with a 17:32.0 clocking. Tate Nelson of the Tigers led our orange and black efforts, placing ninth at 18:32.8. Ryan Gray placed 17th (19:06.1) and Noah Stewart was #18 (19:10.3). Also representing the orange and black were Cam Arndt (20:34.5) and Tyler Reimers (20:47.0).
Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd topped both the boys and girls standings. The MACA girls were No. 2, while our boys were fifth.