Treynor Cardinals soar to victory over Red Oak Tigers
The Red Oak Tiger football team fell to Treynor (4-0) 58-0, Friday, Sept. 20, dropping to 0-4 on the season.
The Cardinals got on the board with just over six minutes of play remaining in the first quarter and never looked back as they dominated on defense and capitalized on both Tiger turnovers.
Red Oak freshmen and sophomores garnered quality playing time in the final quarter; for some, their first game time of the year, as the Red Oak JV schedule was cancelled due to low numbers.
“Game speed reps against a good football team are integral to our future success as a football team,” Tiger head coach Ryan Gelber said. “We haven’t been able to do full rotations of players for one reason or another, so it was nice to be able to get some of our younger guys in.”
The highly experienced Treynor team ended with 438 offensive yards, compared to Red Oak’s 51 for the young Tigers, as they had difficulties converting on third down.
“Successful teams take care of business on third down,” Gelber said. “You can’t win if you don’t convert. We didn’t do a very good job of that Friday night, and that’s something we are going to have to work on as we progress.”
Tiger quarterback Jake Echternach completed five passes for 24 yards, with Justin McCunn receiving two passes for 22 yards.
McCunn finished with 19 rushing yards, Carter Maynes 12, and Austin Johnson two, while Dawson Bond chipped in three receiving yards.
McCunn led the defense with a dozen tackles, ten which were solo. Maynes had five tackles; Bruce Lukehart three; Zach Guerra 2.5; and one tackle each from Dante Baucom, Kyle Berkey, Aiden Bruce, Logan Conn, Landon Couse, Echternach, Sam Fields, Ryan Johnson, Chase Sandholm, and Braden Woods.
Kyndal Kells totaled 89 yards in her two kick offs; Zach Guerra had six punts for 115 yards, and Echternach punted once for 15 yards.
A. Johnson returned six punts for a total of 65 yards and McCunn returned one for 15 yards.
The Tigers totaled just two penalties in the cleanly played game.
“Two penalties in a forty-eight minute game is excellent,” Gelber said. “They were both minor penalties, too. One of the few things that can be controlled in a football program is discipline, and I think we took care of business there, and I’m proud of our team in that regard.”
The Tigers hit the road for the first time this month as they take on OA-BCIG (4-0) at 7 p.m. in Ida Grove on Friday.