Amery's big plays enough to edge Tiger football team
There was very little difference between the two teams in Friday's football game between New Richmond and Amery.
New Richmond had more total offense, forced more turnovers and committed fewer penalties. But it was Amery that was able to come up with more big plays, allowing the Warriors to edge the Tigers 26-19 in the 2006 New Richmond Homecoming game.
Amery is now 5-0 for the season and 3-0 in the Middle Border Conference. New Richmond is 2-3 with a 1-2 conference record.
The Tigers led twice in the game. They got the opening score of the game, when Brian Figueroa knocked a 35-yard field goal through the uprights.
Amery came back to take a 6-3 lead, but the Tigers countered when junior quarterback Hayden Zimmerman scored on a 42-yard run on an option play. Amery came back again, on Aaron Karo's second touchdown of the half, to take a 14-10 lead.
The third quarter was the Tigers' downfall. Amery possessed the ball for nearly the entire quarter, with the Tigers only having the ball once and going three and out.
Amery scored once in the third quarter. The Warriors built the lead to 26-10 early in the fourth quarter when Karo returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown.
The Tigers then put together a comeback that put a scare in the Warriors. Ben Mortensen broke away on a 70-yard run to the Amery 5, but the Tigers couldn't finish the drive. So Figueroa came on to kick his second field goal of the game, a 21-yarder.
On the next Tiger possession, the Tigers produced their biggest play of the season. Zimmerman fired a short pass to Brock Peterson. The Amery defender lost his footing as Peterson wrestled the slightly underthrown pass away from him. Peterson then took off down the field for an 89-yard touchdown.
The Tiger defense then stopped Amery, but the Tigers fumbled the punt with Amery recovering. The Tiger defense made another big stop, forcing another punt. This time the Tigers drove to the Amery 35 before the Warriors were able to stop the final Tiger chance.
Tiger coach Joe Hutter said the team has moved up a level from last season, to being competitive in every game. He said the players now have to refine their mental side of the game so they can win these close games.
"We played well against a good team," Hutter said. "We're only a couple plays away from having a much better record."
The Tiger defense was able to produce three turnovers, including interceptions by Peterson and Blake Berger. Both teams lost fumbles on the exchange between the center and quarterback, where the trouble with the wet ball seemed to show up most.
New Richmond faces another difficult MBC game slated for this Friday. The Tigers will be playing at Durand, which had its full lineup together for the first time this season last Friday, when the Panthers lost at Somerset 22-18.
Amery 26, New Richmond 19
Amery 6 8 6 6 26
New Richmond 3 7 0 9 19
NR -- Brian Figueroa, 35 yard field goal
Amery -- Bryce Karo, 18 yard run (attempt failed)
NR -- Hayden Zimmerman, 42 yard run (Figueroa kick)
Amery -- Bryce Karo, 33 yard run (Jake Depres, pass from Aaron Karo)
Amery -- Aaron Karo, 6 yard run (attempt failed)
NR -- Brock Peterson, 89 yard pass from Zimmerman (attempt failed)
Amery -- Bryce Karo, 62 yard punt return (attempt failed)
NR -- Figueroa, 21 yard field goal
First Downs 11 13
Rushing Yards 183 226
Passing Yards 133 54
Passes 6-13-1 int. 5-13-2 int.
Penalties 4-25 5-35
NR -- Ben Mortensen 16-129; Hayden Zimmerman 16-45; Jon Haffner 3-7; Seth Bovis 2-4; Jesse Mulhollam 3-(-2)
NR -- Hayden Zimmerman 6-12-1 int., 133 yards; Brock Peterson 0-1-0
NR -- Brock Peterson 4-116; Tyler Stoeklen 2-17