Both Teams Score Three Touchdowns and then...
The Tigers football team got rolling in the second half of its game on Friday night, Oct. 16, with an old Minnesota River Conference rival, the LeSueur-Henderson Giants.
The Giants ripped off three consecutive touchdowns, sparked by 338 rushing yards on a night when the Tigers amassed 378 total yards.
But while it wasn’t too little, too late, the visiting Giants (1-1) marked the evening’s final score, securing a come-from-behind 27-22 victory.
LS-H led 21-0 at halftime.
“Turnovers and field position,” Coach Joe Joyce said were the differences in the first half.
The Tigers fumbled twice, and an errant snap on a punt attempt was recovered by the Giants deep in Tiger territory, setting up an LS-H score.
“Our offense needed to execute better, and our defense needed to get off the field on third and fourth down,” Joyce said. “We did neither in the first half.”
Luke Fogarty’s three-yard touchdown run started the Tigers scoring in the second half. Gunnar Geisler scored on fourth-quarter runs of five and 78-yards and added consecutive two-point conversions to give Belle Plaine its 22-21 lead.
“In the second half on offense, we executed our blocking schemes much better and got to their linebackers,” Joyce said. “Defensively, we got off the field on third down.”
However, similar to its season-opening loss at Norwood Young America, a late touchdown would spell the difference.
The Tigers fall to 0-2 on the season and will travel to Arlington to play Sibley East (1-1) on Friday night, Oct. 23. Sibley East defeated TCU 19-2 last Friday night.
Geisler finished a monster night with 37 carries for 263 yards. Fogarty added 54 yards on 15 carries. Parker Borresen (8-17) and Mike Miller (1-4) completed the rushing attack.
Fogarty completed two balls to Karim Tolbert for 37 yards. Geisler had one reception for three yards.
Joyce is hopeful the Tigers can carry the momentum from the second half into Friday’s contest at Arlington.
“We can take the momentum from the second half with us to Sibley East because we need to start much faster,” Joyce said, “and cannot put ourselves in a hole like that.”
Cole Callahan had a team-high seven tackles; Walker, Yahnke, and Fogarty had four apiece.
Gavin Fahey had a sack and a tackle for a loss, Ryan Retzer had a tackle for a loss, and Tolbert broke up a pair of pass attempts.
2020 BPHS Football Team’s Results and Schedule
L Oct. 9 - NYA 20, BP 16
L Oct. 16 - LSH 27, BP 22
Oct. 23 at Sibley East
Oct. 30 at Jordan
Nov. 6 vs. Tri-City United
Nov. 11 vs. Waseca