Posted 10/18/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Tioga football team has exited the state nine-man playoffs without a victory for the second consecutive year.
Towner-Granville-Upham had enough points to win after jumping ahead 8-0 in the first five minutes, and the Titans remained relentless in dominating the visiting Pirates 44-0 in the opening round Saturday.
“We just could not get anything,” Tioga head coach Tim Schaffer said. “They tackled very well, and it was tough to get by their first level, which made it tough to get to the second level and get those linebackers, who didn’t miss any tackles.”
In the first quarter, Kolter Schell passed to Cole Bethke for a 60-yard score.
The Titans added four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 38-0 lead: runs of 50 yards by Shayden Luna, 5 yards by Caleb Cross and 1 yard by Schell; and a 70-yard pass play from Schell to Lane Bachmeier.
Luna added a 72-yard TD run in the third quarter to make it 44-0.
“TGU won on both sides of the ball,” Schaffer said. “They do a nice job of staying on their blocks and running hard. They hit the big plays that got them up, and they kept them there.”
The opening-round loss was a second consecutive by the Pirates since dissolving its co-op with Ray last year to field its own team.
“Overall, we are happy with our season, making it to the playoffs for a second year in a row,” Schaffer said. “Hopefully we can build on that with our young players, who will need to get in the weight room and work in the offseason for next year, as we lose 10 seniors on this team.”
Towner-Granville-Upham 44, Tioga 0
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Tioga 0 0 0 0
TGU 8 30 6 0
TGU -- Cole Bethke 60 pass from Kolter Schell (Schell run).
TGU -- Shayden Luna 50 run (Luna pass from Schell).
TGU -- Lane Bachmeier 70 pass from Schell (conversion failed).
TGU -- Caleb Cross 5 run (Bethke run).
TGU -- Schell 1 run (Bethke run).
TGU -- Luna 72 run (conversion failed).
Last week’s games
Richland 18, Linton 10
Cavalier 50, Hatton-Northwood 20
Kidder County 24, New Rockford 22
Wyndmere 49, North Border 24
Divide County 36, Hettinger 32
Kenmare 70, Drake-Anamoose 12
TGU 44, Tioga 0
St. John 42, Bowman County 0
This week’s games
Richland at Thompson
Cavalier at Napoleon
Kidder County at Hankinson
Wyndmere at Shiloh Christian
Divide County at North Prairie
Kenmare at Richardton-Taylor
TGU at New Salem-Glen Ullin
St. John at MLS