‘Tale of two halves’, as North Polk slips past R-S J.V.

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Todd Thorson

The Roland-Story J.V. football team traveled to Alleman on Monday night (Sept. 29) and came away on the short end of a 26-20 score at the hands of North Polk. The Norsemen are now 2-3 this season. The game originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6, against South Tama, was cancelled due to South Tama’s low numbers.

The Norse received the opening kick off on their own 36 and promptly marched down the field in nine plays to score a touchdown. The scoring play came from a 4 yard pass from QB Tyler Hovick to Will McGraw. The two point conversion was no good, as the Norse led 6-0.

The Norsemen defense stopped the Comets and managed to get the ball back on their own 22. On the first play from scrimmage Alex Teig raced 78 yards for the TD, and with the two pointer failing again, the Norse led 12-0.

North Polk would score twice before half to assume a 13-12 lead at the break. But, following the second TD by the Comets, Joe Brown returned the kick off to the NP 25 yard line. The Norsemen took only two plays to post the touchdown - the first play coming on a 19 yard pass from Hovick to McGraw once again, and then a 6 yard run for the tally by Brown. Hovick hit McGraw for the two point conversion to make it 20-13 Norsemen with 30 seconds left in the first half.

North Polk used those 30 seconds to run back a nice kick off return themselves, and then scored on a long pass at the end of the wild half to tie the game at 20-20 at intermission.

The defenses for both teams tightened up after the break. The Norse could not move the ball into North Polk territory the entire second half. The Comets scored the go ahead TD, and the only score of the second half, to make the final margin 26-20.

Joe Brown led the R-S offense with 69 yards rushing on 15 carries. Alex Teig had three carries for 82 yards. Tyler Hovick was 9 of 20 passing for 132 yards, but had four interceptions. Leading receiver was Will McGraw, who caught three passes for 51 yards.

“Offensively, we played very well in the first half, but struggled in the second half,” said Coach Matt Soderstrum. “Defensively, it was the opposite - playing well in the second, but not so well in the first. We need to be more consistent. I truly felt the kids played hard, and at times, very well. However, we turned the ball over five times in the game. It’s hard to win football games when you do that.”

The J.V. will conclude their season on Monday, Oct. 20, when they travel to Aplington-Parkersburg.