Missed opportunities costly in 22-6 Tiger grid loss

Tekamah-Herman’s Garrison Potadle makes contact with Stanton running back Jason Claussen Friday night. Tiger sophomore Cole Bottger moves in to help. Potadle led the Tigers with 16 tackles.

It’s not like they didn’t have chances against visiting Stanton Friday night.

Tekamah-Herman’s football team was run over by a second half stampede that carried the Mustangs to a 22-6 win. Displaying an increasingly effective ground attack, Stanton scored on three straight possessions in the second half, the first two scores coming on drives of 79 and 84 yards.

Trailing 15-6 midway through the fourth quarter, a Tiger fumble at their own 31 gave Stanton a short field for their final score.

But the first half was more vital to Tiger fortunes. Coach Graig McElmuray’s squad had the ball inside Stanton’s 20-yard line three times in the opening half, but only scored once. Clay Beaumont found Jordan Derra for a seven-yard touchdown pass that capped an 11-play, 68-yard march. Beaumont was 3-of-4 passing during the drive, but was only 8-20 for the contest.

“I thought for the most part Clay threw the ball well,” McElmuray said. “We should have completed more then one of those passes that would have kept some drives alive.”

An example was the possession before the scoring drive. Cole Bottger jumped on a muffed punt, giving the Tigers the football at Stan’s 25. Three rushing plays resulted in five yards and Beaumont’s on-target fourth down pass fell incomplete in the end zone.

After the scoring drive, the Tigers defense held and the offense went looking for more. Taking over at their own 43, a 28-yard pass play from Beaumont to Luke Wakehouse helped the Tigers advance to the Stanton 9-yard line, before an illegal procedure penalty stalled the drive.

After halftime, Stanton’s experienced line started finding its rhythm, McElmuray said. “We have several sophomores that are playing a lot of time up front. Friday night was a unique experience for them. They will grow from it.”

The two long drives accounted for more than half of Stanton’s total offensive output, 163 of their 311 yards.

The Tiger defense was led by linebackers Garrison Potadle and Kody Bitter. Potadle logged 16 total tackles while Bitter notched 14. Connor Feiling added 13 while Bottger, a 140-lb. sophomore, added seven.

McElmuray said the combined play of Potadle and Bitter gives the Tiger defense a spark they can build upon.

“The best part of our defense is how they are forming together,” he said.

The Tigers are back on the road Friday when they visit Twin River High School in Genoa. The field is located south of the high school in the city park off of Highway 22. Like the Tigers, the Titans are 1-1 on the year after dropping a 41-18 decision to Battle Creek last Friday.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Scoreboard

Stanton.................................. 0 0 8 14— 22

Tekamah-Herman................. 0 6 0 0— 6

Second Quarter

T-H—Derra, 7-yd. pass from Beaumont (pass failed) 11:10

Third Quarter

Sta—Tighe, 1-yard run (Pohlman run) 2:45

Fourth Quarter

Sta—Tighe, 10-yard run (Acuna kick) 7:52

Sta—Pohlman, 2-yd. run (Acuna kick) 2:00

Team Statistics

T-H Ponca

First downs............................ 11 14

Rushes-yards..................... 31-94 46-195

Avg. per rush...................... 3.03 4.24

Pass comp.-att.-int............. 8-20-1 8-10-0

Passing yards....................... 212 116

Total yards........................... 436 311

Return yards......................... 36 34

Punts-avg........................... 4-36.0 3-38.0

Fumbles-lost......................... 2-1 4-2

Penalties-yards................... 6-45 3-20

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