Marcus Herold (12) and Ryan Franzen prepare to sandwich the AGWSR quarterback in the second quarter of Friday’s district match-up in Jackson Junction. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Marcus Herold (12) and Ryan Franzen prepare to sandwich the AGWSR quarterback in the second quarter of Friday’s district match-up in Jackson Junction. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It wasn’t much of a home-field advantage for the Turkey Valley football team (1-2, 1-2) as the Trojans hosted AGWSR Friday night, giving up multiple short fields to the Cougars for easy drives on a wet, muddy night. In the end, the Red and White gave up the district contest, 58-40.

“We will need to have a better week of practice and work on fundamentals this week,” said Coach Mark Scott. “Last week our kick-off coverage needed improvement and this week it was punt coverage.”


Rainy night

AGWSR got on the board first, scoring on a 1-yard burst. With the two-point try it was the Cougars up 8-0 early. The Trojans quickly responded with Marcus Herold bulldozing his way through the defense from six yards outs. However, the Cougars tacked on a late 10-yard scamper to take a 16-8 lead into the second quarter. 

The visiting Cougars added to their lead with a four-yard carry in the second frame, before Herold made his second dash into the end zone as the two squads went into the locker room with AGWSR leading 24-16.

A dropped punt snap and a fumbled snap by the Trojans gave AGWSR the upperhand and short fields to work with as the Cougars put up three scores in the third quarter.

Turkey Valley finally found some momentum in the final period, systematically moving the ball down the field and finished with a 6-yard strike from Kalvin Langreck to Garrett Kurtenbach. Langreck added a second TD to the quarter for TV from 8-yards out and finished the night with a second passing TD to Marcus Herold as time wound down. 

 

Final stats

The Trojans 253 yards rushing and 129 passing for 382 total, while AGWSR collected 302 overall, with 275 on the ground.

Langreck was 11-for-17 passing for 121 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to keeping the pigskin for 13 carries for 95 yards and another score. Garrett Kurtenbach was the big target, collecting four receptions for 47 yards. Herold proved to be a dual offensive threat with five catches for 44 yards with 20 carries for 97 yards and three total TDs. Noah Hanson was also there for 10 carries for 59 yards.

Herold also led the defense with 12.5 total tackles with eight solo takedowns. Robert Kruse was in on six total tackles, including four solo.


Homecoming

The Trojans will celebrate homecoming versus Northwood-Kensett Friday, Sept. 18, with a 7 p.m. kick-off.