Falcons take flight against Norsemen

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Falcons take flight against Norsemen

—by Roger Fritz

The Roland-Story defense had a strong first quarter, but the Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons took to flight in the last three frames, flying away with a 42-7 win over the Norsemen in Parkersburg. The Norse fell to 1-7 on the year, while the Falcons raised their record to 6-2.

The visitors looked solid initially. The Norsemen defense forced a 3 and out on the first Falcon series of the game. On the next Falcon drive, Norse cornerback Nick Moore recovered a fumble. The Norse defense forced a turnover on downs after a 6 play A-P drive on the 3rd Falcon drive of the game.

On the next A-P drive, things were still looking good for the Norse. With the score remaining at 0-0, they had put the Falcons in a 3rd and 9 situation with 25 seconds remaining in the first quarter. But a Falcon back was able to slip into the Norse backfield and race 78 yards for a touchdown.

That started an offensive flurry for A-P in the 2nd quarter. They scored touchdowns on 4 of their 5 second quarter drives, amassing 288 yards in that period alone, to take a 35-7 halftime lead.

The Norsemen scored once in the game, and that was also in the 2nd quarter. The drive was short and sweet, namely one play for three yards. Josiah ran the pigskin in, and Gunder Howe added the extra point. The great field position for the Norsemen was set up by an 85 yard kickoff return by Alex Teig.

After the intermission, Roland-Story’s offense did a quick exit, with a 3 and out. Aplington-Parkersburg responded with an 18 play, 95 yard drive. No play in the drive was over 11 yards, but none were for losses either, as the Falcons plodded down the field. That score made it 42-7 with 4:28 to go in the 3rd quarter. The 35 point lead gave a rolling clock, speeding the game for the remainder of the evening. Neither team scored again.

Much like the mismatched score, the offensive totals were a huge mismatch as well. A-P went 550 yards on 72 plays. The Norse only managed an even 100 yards on 46 plays.

The Falcons ran for 353 yards on 57 rush attempts. Via the air, A-P went 10-15 for 198 yards. Leading tacklers for the Norsemen were Cameron Tinken, Calvin Bright, Josiah Soderstrum, and Kristian Munn. Soderstrum, Nick Moore, and Caleb Schlatter all collected Falcon fumbles.

The Norsemen ran 89 yards on 35 carries. Josiah Soderstrum led the way with 19 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown. Paul Moats ran 7 times for 21 yards, Caleb Schlatter ran 4 times for 22 yards, Alex Teig had 2 rushes for 2 yards, and Brett Staton had 4 carries for minus 32 yards.

Brett Staton completed 1 pass out of 10 attempts. The completion was an 11 yard completion to Soderstrum.

The Norse’s district, Class 2A District 6, has its 4 teams locked up for the post-season. Union has clinched first, and South Hardin has clinched fourth. South Tama and Aplington-Parkersburg meet this Friday, with the winner getting second, and the loser 3rd. East Marshall will finish last.

So that leaves the Norsemen and Iowa Falls-Alden, battling for 5th place in a game this Friday in Story City. Both teams are 1-7, each with their lone win coming against East Marshall. It is Senior Night, and the last time to walk on the field for the 10 seniors still playing, and one that is not. Senior Andrew Schlatter’s season has ended unfortunately due to injury. Kickoff is at 7:30.