Tigers still after first win of season
The first win of the season remains elusive for the New Richmond varsity football team.
The Tigers fell to 0-5 with a 35-10 loss at Durand during the Panthers' Homecoming game last Friday.
This Friday the Tigers will try for their first win when they play at Osceola. The Chieftains are coming off their first loss of the season, losing to Amery 23-21 last Friday.
The Tigers were without several players due to injuries at Durand and now they will be without one of their best linemen for the rest of the season. Steve Volkert, who had been playing through a wrist injury, suffered a broken ankle late in Friday's game. Volkert was a two-way starter, at guard and defensive end. Tiger coach Joe Hutter said the coaches will move personnel around to try to fill the void on defense. He said sophomore Adam Nirmaier will step into the opening in the offensive line.
At Durand the Tigers had some success taking away Durand's outside running game. But the Panthers were able to consistently crack misdirection running plays up the middle for good yardage.
Durand held a 13-0 lead late in the first quarter. The Tigers then drove deep into Panther territory before being stopped. Brian Figueroa kicked a 25-yard field goal for the first Tiger points.
That drive was answered with a Durand scoring drive to make the score 21-3. The Tigers thought they had another scoring chance late in the half, but a penalty wiped out a big play. On fourth down the Tigers executed a fake punt, picking up 30 yards on the play. But off-setting penalties wiped the play off the board.
"That was a big momentum shift," said Tiger coach Joe Hutter. "We get that score and make it 21-10 at halftime and we're in a much better situation."
Instead, the Tigers tried to pass on the first play of the second half and Durand intercepted the pass.
The Tigers got their final touchdown in the closing moments of the game when Dane Davis scored his first varsity touchdown on a 3-yard run.
Senior quarterback Garret Fletch returned after missing most of the Tigers game against Amery with a neck injury. He played the full game on defense and saw limited time on offense, as a quarterback and at receiver. Hutter said Fletch is the starting quarterback, but Joe Needham's ability to pass the ball needs to be worked into the offense. When Needham is at quarterback, Fletch will shift to receiver.
A nice surprise late in the game for the Tigers was the running of Chad Aldous. He picked up 55 yards in four carries, including a 41-yarder.
"He's a nice change up to Danny (Wells), he's more of a darter," Hutter said. "We need to give Danny more breathers because he's such a physical runner."
Wells was in the cross-hairs of the Durand defense all night. He was held to 68 yards on 22 carries.
"That's where our passing game has to step up," Hutter said.
Durand 35, New Richmond 10
New Richmond 0 3 0 7 10
Durand 13 8 8 6 35
D -- John Melstrom, 58 yard run (pass failed)
D -- Jerec Dorschner, 9 yard run (Nate Weiss kick)
NR -- Brian Figueroa, 25 yard field goal
D -- Dorschner, 36 yard run (Joe McMahon run)
D -- Dorschner, 33 yard run (McMahon run)
D -- Trevor Baier, 1 yard run (kick failed)
NR -- Dane Davis, 3 yard run (Figueroa kick)
First Downs 7 10
Rushing Yards 130 275
Passing Yards 43 73
Passes 2-10-1 int. 4-6-0 int.
Penalties 2-20 4-25
NR -- Danny Wells 22-68; Chad Aldous 4-55; Joe Needham 4-12; Dane Davis 3-7
NR -- Joe Needham 1-9-1 int., 31 yards; Danny Wells 1-1-0 int., 12 yards; Garret Fletch 0-1-0
NR -- Griffin Jameson 1-31; Garret Fletch 1-12