Ben Karkela, Published October 31 2010
Ada-Borup picks up football playoff victory against Norman County East thanks to fast start
The victory moves Ada-Borup’s win streak to eight games and earns the Cougars a berth in the section title game.
The Cougars recovered their own kickoff to start the game. On the same drive, Alex Olson barreled through the line for a
12-yard touchdown run. Bill Atwood ran in the conversion to give Ada-Borup the early 8-0 lead.
“I think people are starting to realize it’s the playoffs,” Olson said. “Nobody wanted to go home so they came out with a little more intensity.”
Olson and Atwood led the Cougars offense, each rushing for 196 yards.
“You see what kind of dynamic running backs they are when they get a chance to play a full game,” Ada-Borup head coach Nathan Brager said. “They make us look good as coaches when you have players like that.”
The Cougars struck once more in the first quarter, this time through the air.
With a first-and-10 on the 27-yard line, quarterback Jace Hennen lobbed a high pass down field. Receiver Xavier Munoz turned around and caught the pass as he fell into the end zone, giving the Cougars a 14-0 lead.
Hennen finished the game 3-for-3 with 56 yards passing.
Brager praised the Cougars’ offensive line, which paved the way for the running backs and gave the quarterback time to make plays.
“A lot of these guys are new linemen,” Brager said. “They’re getting more aggressive and they‘re feeling more confident and you’re starting to see the results out on the field.”
Atwood scored his longest touchdown run of the season when he broke a tackle and ran 87 yards all alone into the end zone.
In the game, Atwood surpassed 1,000 rushing yards on the season, while Olson eclipsed 800 yards rushing.
“We just kept the chains moving, kept their offense off the field so they didn’t have a lot of time when they had the ball,” Brager said. “It was an outstanding job by the offense.”
Adam Aune put Norman County East on the board late in the first half. Aune snagged a pass from quarterback Matt Anderson and scored on a 22-yard touchdown pass.
“We started ourselves off in a hole once again,” NCE head coach Steve Ness said. “We need to put points on the board right away.”
NCE 0 6 0 6–12
AB 15 14 15 0–44
AB–Olson 12 run (Atwood run)
AB–Munoz 27 pass from Hennen (Petrik kick)
AB–Atwood 87 run (kick failed)
AB–Atwood 9 run (Ambuehl pass from Hennen)
NCE–Aune 22 pass from Anderson (pass failed)
AB–Atwood 3 run (Atwood run)
AB–Olson 20 run (Petrik kick)
NCE–Anderson 1 run (kick failed)
RUSHING: NCE, Anderson 15-43, Thronson 19-70, Bommersbach 2-2, Bueng 1-0, Stene 2-4. Total 155. AB, Thompson 3-15, Rockstad 1-(-1), Halle 2-8, Hennen 1-12, Atwood 20-196, Olson 25-196. Total 52-426.
PASSING: NCE, Anderson 8-14-2 87. AB, Hennen 3-3-0 56; Atwood 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING: Aune 1-22, Sather 1-22, Thronson 4-26, Bueng 2-17. AB, Atwood 1-5, Munoz 1-26, Merkens 1-25.
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