Tigers intercept seven Braves’ passes
By Jay Davis
Last week in practice the Tiger football team worked extensively on its offense. As it turned out it was the defense’s turn to shine as Mobridge-Pollock intercepted seven passes in the first half en route to a 54-0 win over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in Eagle Butte on Friday.[gview file=”http://mobridgetribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/FB.eps”
“The pass defense was good,” said coach Nathan Lamb. “We’ve still got some things to work on, but overall the kids are playing pretty good on run defense and pretty good on pass defense. We’ve just got to get more consistent.”
The offense started the scoring barrage with a short drive capped by Austin Borah sprinting 15 yards to the end zone as the Tigers took an early 6-0 lead.
On Cheyenne-Eagle Butte’s second drive, Pearson Wientjes picked off a Cray Allen pass on third down.
The Tigers looked to be stopped until Cody Schaefbauer took the snap on a fake punt and rumbled 31 yards to the Braves’ 11-yard line. Alex Greger scored on a one-yard sneak two plays later.
Following that, Mitch Heumiller kicked the extra point, which was the first successful PAT for the Tigers this season.
The interception theme continued on the Braves’ next possession when Schaefbauer intercepted the ball and raced all the way down to the two-yard line. Borah ran in from two yards out on the first play and the Tigers had a 20-0 lead with 6:05 still on the first-quarter clock.
The Cheyenne-Eagle Butte offense had a spark of life on the next possession and picked up three first downs. After the Braves moved into scoring position, the Tiger defense stiffened. Stephen Gemar sacked Allen on third down setting up a punt. The snap was bad and punter Scottie Laundreaux tried a desperation pass, which Schaefbauer intercepted and took 50 yards to the end zone for the Tigers’ fourth touchdown of the first quarter.
The Braves tried a fake punt of their own on the ensuing possession. It failed and the Tigers took over just 12 yards from the end zone. Taten Rau took advantage with an 11-yard touchdown run two plays later. Heumiller’s third straight successful kick made it 34-0 with 27 ticks left in the first quarter.
The Braves went to the air on their next possession and Wientjes nabbed his second interception (and third in two weeks) on the first play. The Braves stopped the Tigers on the next drive, setting up the only Mobridge-Pollock punt of the night, which set up Cody Hanson’s 30 seconds of fame.
After the Braves punted the ball back to the Tigers, Greger dropped back and found Hanson open for a 26-yard touchdown pass. On the Braves’ first play of the next possession, Hanson picked off a pass and tore 31 yards to the end zone. Hanson’s two touchdowns in a 24-second span gave the Tigers a 47-0 lead with 6:24 left in the half.
The Brave’s next possession turned into Mason Keller’s turn. Keller picked off Allen just across midfield and ran 54 yards to the end zone. The Tigers’ sixth interception and third for a touchdown, gave the Tigers a 54-0 lead.
With the bench playing defense for the Tigers, the Braves mounted a drive that took the ball all the way down to the Tiger eight-yard line, but Riley Schott stepped in front of a pass in the end zone for the Tigers’ seventh interception of the half and thwarted the Braves’ attempt at getting on the board and forcing a second half of play.
Not lost in the action was Heumiller connecting on seven extra point kicks after the Tigers had failed to convert either a one or two-point conversion in the first three games of the season.
“That was awesome,” said Lamb. “He’s been getting better and better in practice. Once he got that first one under his belt, it was easy.”
With the defense accounting for so much of the scoring, the Tigers ran just 20 offensive plays in the game. Borah led a ground attack that picked up 118 yards in 15 carries. Greger was two of five passing for 36 yards.
The Tigers will butt heads with the 3-0 Webster Bearcats in the annual Homecoming game at Tiger Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m. on Friday.
“They are big and strong,” said Lamb. “It’s going to be a good test for us. The way they come off the ball reminds me of Roncalli. We’ve been working hard at coming off the ball like that.”
The Tigers and Bearcats have met 16 times with the Tigers holding a 10-6 edge in the all-time series. The first meeting was in the 1989 playoffs when the Tigers won a 12-7 game. Webster beat the Tigers in 2003 and 2004, the last two years the Tigers were in the NEC, but the Tigers thumped the Bearcats 28-6 in Webster last fall.
Mobridge-Pollock (3-1)34 20- 54
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (2-1)0 0- 0
MP- Austin Borah 15 run (kick failed)
MP- Alex Greger 1 run (Mitch Heumiller kick)
MP- Borah 2 run (Heumiller kick)
MP- Cody Schaefbauer 50 interception return (Heumiller kick)
MP- Taten Rau 11 run (Heumiller kick)
MP- Cody Hanson 26 pass from Greger (Heumiller kick)
MP- Hanson 31 interception return (kick failed)
MP- Mason Keller 50 interception return (Heumiller kick)
Mobridge-Pollock: Rushing 15-118 (Austin Borah 5-64, Cody Schaefbauer 1-31, Taten Rau 2-16, Alex Greger 3-7); Passing (Greger 2-5-0-36); Receiving (Cody Hanson 1-26, Mason Keller 1-10); 5 first downs; 0 turnovers. Defense: Brady Spiry sack, Pearson Wientjes 2 interceptions, Schaefbauer 2 interceptions, Stephen Gemar sack, Hanson interception, Keller interception, Riley Schott interception.
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: Rushing 13-22 (Scottie Laundreaux 1-10, Katana Bartlett 6-7, Cray Allen 3-6, Cory Knight 1-3, Jade Farlee 2-(-4); Passing 6-24-7-97 (Allen 6-23-6-97, Laundreaux 0-1-1-0); Receiving (Wyatt Knight 3-51, Bartlett 1-27, C. Knight 2-9); 7 first downs; 7 turnovers.