Nearly everything was clicking for the Turkey Valley football team (1-1, 1-1) as the team put together a solid effort in a 42-33 victory over Rockford Friday night.

“Rockford was a playoff team last year with several starters back,” said Coach Mark Scott. “We played well; however, our failure to tackle on kick-offs kept Rockford closer than they should have been.”


Scoring moments

Turkey Valley got going early with a 25-yard pass between QB Kalvin Langreck and Garrett Kurtenbach. The Warriors immediately responded with a 74-yard kick-off return to narrow the Trojans’ advantage to 8-7. Langreck tacked on another Trojan TD later in the first quarter; however, Rockford responded once again with a 23-yard pass, leaving TV leading 16-14 after the opening frame.

A Treyton Huber fumble recovery in the end zone led to the Trojans’ lone second-quarter touchdown. The kick-off once again led to a 74-yard kick-off return TD by the Warriors as TV held on to a slim 22-21 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Trojans rattled off 14 points — on a Marcus Herold 5-yard run and a 24-yard pass from Noah Hanson to Kurtenbach. Herold added a 3-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Rockford added one more score in the final period as TV held on for the 42-33 win.


A peek at the numbers

The Trojans had five athletes carry the ball, producing 248 yards on the ground. They added 116 yards through the air.

From the fullback position, Marcus Herold had a solid game with 21 carries for 139 yards and two TDs. In the mop-up work, Carson Busta had 10 carries for 61 yards, while Dylan Reicks had five carries for 22 yards. Through the air, Garrett Kurtenbach had two receptions for 52 yards, scoring twice. Herold pulled down two passes for 35 yards, as Calvin Bodensteiner hauled in one pass for a 20-yard gain.

Jesus Tinajero kicked off seven times for 285 yards and one touchback.

“Defensively our young defensive ends — Ryan Franzen and Chase Hayek — continue to improve. They both did a good job of creating problems for Rockford’s quarterback,” said Coach Scott. “Herold had a great night punting including a crucial punt late in the game when he pinned Rockford inside the 5-yard line.”


Back on track

The Trojans are home for a second time Friday, Sept. 11, against AGWSR (1-1). The Cougars defeated Clarksville 76-20 in week one and lost to Janesville 52-26 last week.