TGU Football: Then There was One
In a battle of unbeaten football teams the Towner-Granville-Upham (T-G-U) Titans fell to the North Prairie co-op (Rolette/Wolford/Rolla) Cougars, 24-44.
The Titans struck first with a balanced drive ending with a 7-yard TD pass from Kolter Schell to Caleb Cross, with Lane Schmitt converting on a 3-yard run. With that score and a stingy defense, the Titans ended the first quarter on top, 8-0.
That lead wouldn’t hold up in the second quarter. The Cougars scoring started with an exceptional play in special teams from Karson Shoening, who blocked a punt then had the presence of mind to field it and run it in for a touchdown. Garrett Munro converted the two-point conversion and the score was now tied 8-8. The Cougars added another score in the second quarter, assisted by an interception by Jalen Pfeier who scampered 30-yards, putting the Cougars just outside the Titans’ 20-yard line. From there the Cougars methodically drove to the 1-yard line where, Casper Daniel scored. The first half ended 8-16 with the Cougars on top, but the Titans well within striking distance.
Unfortunately, the Titans never found their footing, with the Cougars scoring twice more in the third quarter, leaving the Titans looking for answers. They found that answer when Cross connected with Schmitt on a 55-yard strike, giving the Titans a glimmer of hope.
That hope faded quickly with an 85-yard kick return by Pfeier. The teams traded scores in the fourth quarter, and the winning streak ended for the Titans while the Cougars extended their undefeated season.
Coach Scott Thorson said about the game, “We played a very good North Prairie team on Friday night. They are certainly the team to beat in this area. ” He continued, “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game. We had a nice defensive stand that caused them to turn the ball over on downs. We than were able to move the ball, use the clock and score. It is always important to get off to a good start early against the stronger teams.” Thorson concluded, “The first half was very competitive. We did make several uncharacteristic mistakes that would end up costing us in the long run. Penalties, missed assignments and turnovers proved to be the key in the game. Our kids did battle back in the 4th quarter to keep the game in reach, but those mistakes proved costly.”
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