Senior Night – Tigers vs. Vikings

Rich Hill vs Midway @ Rich Hill 9/30/16

Senior night did not start off the way everyone would have liked. A botched handoff on a run read play hit the turf and was recovered by the visiting Midway Vikings. The first play for Midway found the end zone and the Tigers trailed 7-0. The next possession the Tigers were unable to sustain a drive and Rich Hill had to punt. On the Vikings second play the snap went over the quarterback’s head and it looked like the Tigers would be able to get a big defensive play, instead the Viking running back was able to pick up the ball, split 4 defenders and zig zag his way to the end zone. The kick was good and the Tigers now trailed 0-14.

“In the first quarter, due to some personnel issues, we had to make some adjustments and that threw the Tigers off on both sides of the ball to start the game.” said Coach Wolfe.  After a long drive of predominately passing the ball, the Tigers lined up for a field goal. The snap was off target and Myles Becker picked up the ball and after running over a few defenders almost got the first down. With the Vikings deep in their territory the Tigers came after them. On the second play, Myles Becker came through the line and stripped the ball away from the running back and took it in for the touchdown. The extra point was good and the lead was cut in half to 7-14.

Midway drove the length of the field on their possession to score and increase the lead back to 14 points with a touchdown and extra point. Score 7-21. The Tigers responded with a run filled drive that featured one big pass to Dillon Tourtillott for 24 yards, which set up a first and goal at the 5 yard line. A couple of run and pass attempts came up short and the Vikings took over on downs. Their drive stalled out at midfield and they punted, pinning Rich Hill deep on their end. The Tigers were able to move the ball back out to midfield but returned the ball on a punt to Midway. This ensuing drive finally resulted in a score and the Vikings increased their lead to 28-7. The Tigers again begin a drive deep in their territory and after moving across midfield a fumble ended the drive. The Vikings returned the favor and coughed the ball up, which was recovered by Dillon Tourtillott, giving the Tigers good field position. A few plays later a 47 yard bomb from Taron Mumma to Aadin Humble resulted in a touchdown. The extra point snap was off again & again Myles Becker picked up the ball and ran. This time he made it into the end zone for a 2 point conversion. Score moves to 15 – 28.

The next drive for Midway also resulted in a fumble, this time caused by Dillon, and recovered by Jacob Querry. The Tigers were unable to capitalize on the turnover and had to punt. This time the Vikings were able to complete the drive and score a touchdown. The run for 2 was good and the score increased to 15-36. With a 21 point lead the Midway Vikings attempted an onside kick, but failed miserably, giving the ball to Rich Hill on the Midway side of the field. A super nice pass on 4 th and 10, Taron Mumma hit Bryce Lewis to keep the drive alive. Another nice pass on 3 rd down to Aadin Humble moved the chains once again. The following flare pass to Jacob Querry, along with his version of a zig zag run found pay dirt for a Rich Hill touchdown. Score 21 – 36. The try for 2 was no good. The Vikings answered with a long drive to score again to reach the final score of 21 – 44. A final drive by the Tigers came up short.

Coach Wolfe said, “We are going to continue to get better at what we do best.” As of the time of this writing, the Rich Hill Tigers passing offense is ranked #2 for Class 1A statewide on MaxPreps.com.  In the conference they are ranked #1 in passing, with 3 receivers in the top 6 and 5 out of the top 10.

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