Defending state champs manhandle Tigers 50-0
By Jay Davis
You could say it was over almost before it started. The defending Class 11B champion Winner Warriors went 63 yards in four plays on the opening possession and never looked back in defeating the Tigers 50-0 in Winner on Friday.
Winner piled up 357 yards rushing and scored on six of seven possessions while building a 44-0 halftime lead. They started drives with big runs and finished them with long ones. Sam Hossle scored on runs of 26 and 21 yards. Sam Naasz scored on a 70-yard jaunt. Trace Meyers had touchdown runs of 30 and six yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Warriors held the Tigers to 76 yards offense and four first downs.
“They’re Winner,” said coach Nathan Lamb. “They are big and strong and execute well. They are a demonstration of what happens when you work out all year and commit to something.”
The Tigers could muster just 28 yards rushing and 48 yards passing. Mason Keller completed six passes. Noah Chase caught three balls for 25 yards.
After missing two games, Austin Borah returned to action, however briefly. Borah ran for 13 yards on three carries. He is still on the mend and may not practice this week in hopes of being ready for Friday night.
“We’ll be prepared to not have him,” said Lamb. “We really need him for St. Thomas More and the playoffs.”
Lamb added that if Borah’s ankle allows, the senior running back would still be ready to take the field on Friday.
“He’s the type of player who can miss practice and still be ready to go at game time,” said Lamb.
The Tigers will host the 2-4 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Braves on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
While the Tigers are 24-3 in the all-time series and have not lost to the Braves since 1947, Lamb said his Tigers will not look past Cheyenne-Eagle Butte.
“We’re playing for our playoff lives,” said Lamb. “Cheyenne-Eagle Butte is a Class A team. Winning or losing this game might be the difference if we make the playoffs or not.”
The Tigers and Braves started playing way back in 1937 as Mobridge and Cheyenne Agency. The Braves won that game 25-6 and won three of the seven games played up through 1947. The Tigers beat the Braves 31-0 in 1948. The first game against Cheyenne-Eagle Butte was a 21-2 win in 1965. The Tigers have won every game since, including a 54-0 win in Eagle Butte last fall.
Mobridge-Pollock (2-4) 0 0 0- 0
Winner (6-0) 22 22 6- 50
W- Nick Hossle 26 run (Nathan Galbraith run)
W- Trace Meyer 30 run (conversion failed)
W- Hossle 21 run (Tyrel Haley run)
W- Sam Naasz 70 run (Naasz run)
W- Meyer 6 run (conversion failed)
W- Forrest Cerv 7 run (Meyer run)
W- Cameron Biggins 18 run
Mobridge-Pollock: Rushing 15-28 (Austin Borah 3-13, Conner Stoick 3-11, Mason Keller 8-6, Noah Chase 1-(-2); Passing (Keller 6-14-3-48); Receiving (Chase 3-25, Ethan Kettering 1-9, Jason Hill 1-8, Stoick 1-6); 4 first downs. Defense: Lucas Ulmer 3.5 tackles, Keller 3.5 tackles, Brett Lang 3 tackles, Chase 3 tackles, Dalton Martian 3 tackles.
Winner: Rushing 30-422 (Naasz 4-123, Meyer 8-87, Hossle 3-75, Nathan Galbraith 3-31); Passing (Galbraith 0-1-0); 19 first downs. Defense: Windsor Barry 3 tackles, Cerv 2 tackles, interception, Haley interception, Lattrell Terkildsen interception.