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New London runs over Wapello in season opener

Aug 28, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Javis Krieger glides into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

NEW LONDON — The New London football team had a talented Wapello squad all game long on Friday night.

In the first game under new head coach Mark McSorley, the Tigers blanked the Indians 25-0 on their new field.

The speedy Tigers immediately used their rushing attack to put the pressure on the Indians. Dallas Bell had a 43-yard rush that set New London up in Wapello territory, but the Indians held tough and forced the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs.

Wapello had a nice drive going on their first posession, but it was ended by a Shae Summerfield interception at the goal line. He and Isaac McSorley each jumped at a potential Indian touchdown pass, and Summerfield came up with the bobbled ball as he hit the ground.

New London was stopped on the next posession but the punt return was fumbled and Mason Porter fell on the ball to keep the Tigers on offense.

The Tigers made the Indians pay for the turnover. Keontae Luckett broke free and darted down field for a 70-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. Jordan Johnson’s extra point was good and it was 7-0 Tigers after one quarter of play.

Wapello got the ball near the red zone again early in the second quarter, but McSorley stepped up to pick off a pass. He returned it 30 yards and the Tiger offense was back in business.

On the next New London drive, Dallas Bell broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run to stretch the lead to 13-0. Wapello’s next drive ended with a fumble recovered by Gavin Holmes and the score remained 13-0 at halftime.

The New London defense stayed tough in the second half. The Tigers shut down the Indian offense in both quarters, including a stand on second and goal from the two yard line. That bought time for the offense to score twice more.

Javis Krieger scored both second half touchdowns. McSorley found him for a four-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and he punched in a drive with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Bell and Luckett combined for over 350 yards on the ground to lead the Tiger offense. Bell ran for 213 yards and one touchdown and Luckett went for 138 yards and a score. Krieger finished with a net of nine yards and one touchdown.

McSorley was 4-10 passing the ball for 40 yards and a touchdown, and added 30 yards on the ground. Porter, Krieger, Bell and Luckett each caught one short pass in the win.

Devin Lybarger led the defense with 7.5 tackels, includign two tackels for a loss. Gavin Holmes had 6.5 tackles and Jaxon Allen finished with five tackles, including one for a loss.

“Our defense was outstanding tonight,” said Coach McSorley after the game. “I couldn’t ask for anything more out of those guys.”

The Tiger coach also talked about the pressure the team faced leading into the game and what it meant to pick up a victory in his first game, and also the team’s first game on the new field.

“I’m not going to lie, there was a lot of pressure, just with everything boiling over,” he said. “I can’t ask for anything better than the way tonight went. We’re just going to work hard and get better every week.”

The Tigers will aim for a 2-0 start on the road at Van Buren on Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. The Warriors are coming in 1-0 after a 24-12 victory against Cardinal in their first contest.

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