TV senior Jesus Tinajero grabs the pigskin on a pass late in Friday’s postseason contest at Kee High. (Photo by Becky Walz)
TV senior Jesus Tinajero grabs the pigskin on a pass late in Friday’s postseason contest at Kee High. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Hurting from the loss of several running back and an injury to starting QB, the Turkey Valley football team (2-5) faced an uphill battle Friday at Kee (5-3) in the first round of the 2020 football playoffs. In the end it was the Hawks getting the best of the Trojans, 50-24.


Not enough

Kee got off to a fast start, marching down the field on its first possession and finishing with the ball in the end zone. The Trojans were caught off-guard on the ensuing kick-off as the Hawks recovered the onside kick. As Kee went to work once again, TV failed to take advantage of a Hawk fumble that was recovered by Austin Kuehner with 5:25 left in the first quarter. With 3:22, the home team put the ball in the endzone for the second time and held on a 14-0 Hawk lead after the first frame.

With Kee on the move midway through the second period, a second Hawk fumble bounced into the waiting hands of Garrett Kurtenbach who ran the pigskin back 31 yards to the Hawk endzone for the Trojans’ first touchdown of the game, setting the score 22-6. 

In the second half the Trojans managed to put three more scores on the board, including a surprise pass to Jesus Tinajero with 7:47 left in the fourth quarter, as did the Hawks to put the game away 50-24.


Numbers

TV fell behind early in the offensive yardage and finished with 277 yards in comparison to Kee’s 474. 

Taking over at quarterback, Noah Hanson completed 8-for-21 passes for 152 yards and rushed 14 times for another 61 yards. Prior to his injury, starting QB Kalvin Langreck had completed four passes for 65 yards.

In the passing game, it was Garrett Kurtenbach who was the main target, pulling down six passes for 129 yards, while Calvin Bodensteiner hauled in four passes for 49 yards. Jesus Tinajero also caught one pass for a 34-yard touchdown.

Freshman Oliver Schmitt lit up the Trojan defense with 16 total tackles, including 12 solo takedowns. Kurtenbach was in on 11 total tackles, including seven solos, while Bodensteiner provided seven total tackles.


Goodbye seniors

With the shortened 2020 season now complete for the Trojans, the team will graduate four seniors include Kalvin Langreck, Jesus Tinajero, Patrick Haskins and Cael Wickham.