Tigers fall short in red zone, final game of regular season
In its last game of the regular season, the Tiger football team fell to the Eagles 14-6 at East Central High School last Wednesday.
Rush City’s only score came when Dalton Folkema reached paydirt on a 27-yard catch and run, with Brandon Koehnle making the pass. The Tiger quarterback completed five passes for 78 yards, while the team rushed for 179 yards.
“Offensively, we more than doubled East Central’s total yards from scrimmage,” said coach Paul Kirby. “In the second half we had the ball in the red zone three times and just couldn’t punch it in for the tying score. Give East Central credit for bending and not breaking, but to be honest, we shot ourselves in the foot more than once. We had a penalty wipe off a tying score. We fumbled, but recovered once inside the 5 and lost a fumble on our own 20. Time of possession and most other statistics were in our favor, however, the only statistic that matters is on the scoreboard. Untimely injuries put us behind the eight ball, but at this point in the season we should have been able to adapt and move on.”
Added Kirby, “It was good to see Johnathan Mielke, Danny Myers and Spencer Warner step up and play decent after losing (Matt) Mallinger to injury. Our defense played superb. East Central never could muster much of a sustained threat because of the excellent team play of many individuals in that defense, to include Jesse Rasmussen, Braxton Wolf and Eric Erdman.”
The Rush City football team ended the regular season tied for sixth place in the Great Polar Blue Alliance Conference with a 2-4 conference and 3-5 overall record. The No. 5 section seeded Tigers will have traveled to Eveleth to face the No. 4 seeded Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears in the section quarterfinal Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The winning team will face the winner of the top seeded Moose Lake-Willow River vs. No. 8 Two Harbors game in the section semifinal at the home of the high seed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The Section 7AA Championship will be held at Duluth Public Schools Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Go to Scoreboard Plus at ecmpostreview.com for updates and links to section brackets.