Consistent ball movement and staunch defense allowed the Turkey Valley football team (1-0) to crush AGWSR (0-1) on the road Friday, 56-6.

“It was a good win to start the season and we came through pretty healthy,” said Coach Mark Scott. “Our defense played outstanding so did our special teams.”


How it went

The first quarter was a back and forth battle between the Trojans and Cougars with a touchdown called back on a penalty, a dropped pass in the end zone and several other costly penalties. A 13-yard scamper by Eli Reicks led to Turkey Valley’s first score of the season and the early 6-0 lead.

E. Reicks scored twice in the second period for the Trojans, once on a three-yard pass from signal-caller Ethan Leibold and late in the half on a five-yard run. The two touchdowns, paired with a big defensive stop handed the Red and Black a 20-0 lead and the momentum heading into the break.

Leading 20-0 to start the second half, the Trojans had several stops before Ethan Leibold turned on the jets on a 56-yard touchdown run. Turkey Valley would put another score on the board on an Elliott Dietzenbach carry of the pigskin before AGWSR put the ball in the end zone, leaving the Trojans leading 40-6.

Turkey Valley padded on three more scores before the final buzzer rang — a Dylan Elsbernd 27-yard run, a Leibold six-yard run and a Marcus Herold 29-yard run.


Stats

The Trojans ran all over the Cougars, putting up 365 yards on the ground and 111 through the air.

Leibold led the way with 111 yards on 14 carries and completed 6-of-14 passes. In the air assault, Leibold found Seth Huinker and Eli Nymeyer twice for 36 yards apiece. The senior also connected with Eli Reicks for a 33-yard touchdown strike.

On the ground, Marcus Herold had 74 yards on eight carries, while Dylan Elsbernd had 11 carries for 61 yards. E. Reicks picked up 52 yards of rushing and two TDs in his six carries of the pigskin.

Defensively, Kannon Leuenberger had eight solo tackles and two assists. Elsbernd had six solo stops and two assists, while Leibold brought down six alone and had one assist. Luke Mueller provided four solo tackles and two assists. 

Elliott Dietzenbach and Leibold each recovered a fumble.


Next on the list

The Trojans host Gladbrook-Reinbeck Friday, Sept. 6, in its second non-district game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.