Noah Hanson (11) is pursued by several North Iowa defenders as Troy Schmitt (47) follows the play. Hanson scored twice Friday night for Turkey Valley. (Photo by Leah Kruse)
Noah Hanson (11) is pursued by several North Iowa defenders as Troy Schmitt (47) follows the play. Hanson scored twice Friday night for Turkey Valley. (Photo by Leah Kruse)

It was another close game for the Turkey Valley (2-4, 2-4) football team at home Friday night as the Trojans played host to North Iowa (4-2, 2-1), falling 38-36 after giving up three late scores to the Bison.

Momentum shift

It was TV striking the first blow with 5:11 left in the first quarter as Kalvin Langreck connected with Garrett Kurtenbach for a 12-yard strike to the end zone. One possession and nearly three minutes later, the North Iowa Bison returned the favor that left the score knotted 8-8 after the first period.

Hanson got his named called for a second time on a six-yard carry over the goal line early in the second quarter to put TV on top 16-8. Following much back-and-forth action, the Bison punched in their second TD of the game with 1:32 left in the half. However, Hanson wasn’t done yet with the theatrics as he took the ensuing kick-off the distance for a 74-yard TD return, allowing the Trojans the comfort of a 24-14 lead at halftime.

Following the break, TV’s Hanson was on the run again with a kick return down to the Bison 10-yard line. With the offense set it took three plays for Langreck to launch the ball to Chase Hayek in the end zone, giving the Red and White a 30-14 lead. It was with 2:34 left in the third when Trojan freshman Oliver Schmitt carrying the pigskin into the end zone from two yards out. Langreck’s two-point conversion run failed, leaving the score 36-14.

“We had momentum before half and through the third quarter. But momentum switched and we failed to maintain several drives late in the game that would have allowed us to be victorious,” said Coach Mark Scott.

The switch in momentum was costly as North Iowa would score three unanswered touchdowns and convert on the two-point attempts to take the district win, 38-36.

In the game

“The players fought through some adversity and played hard. A couple of players ended up playing in their first varsity game (Oliver Schmitt and Burke Busta) but rose to the occasion and gave it their all. When you are playing younger players against older players fatigue can haunt you late in the game. I believe that is what happened, when our tackling became an issue,” said Coach Scott.

The Trojans picked up 141 yards rushing and 145 passing.

Hanson carried the ball nine times for 60 yards, a 6.7 yards per carry average. Oliver Schmitt had 33 yards on 11 attempts. Langreck completed eight passes to five different receivers. Calvin Bodensteiner was the main target through the air with three catches for 55 yards, while Hanson pulled down two receptions for 46 yards.

Garrett Kurtenbach led the defense with five solo and 3.5 assisted stops while Robert Kruse had four solo and four assisted tackles. Carson Busta added three solo and four assisted tackles.

Starting playoffs

Turkey Valley opens the postseason Friday, Oct. 16, versus Kee High (4-3, 3-3) in Lansing at 7 p.m. A win will pit the Trojans versus the winner of the Janesville and Riceville contest in round two.