Football: Foley tumbles Thunder 30-13 at ZHS homecoming

The Thunder made a grand entrance at homecoming. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

An onside kick, a blocked punt, and three interceptions helped the Foley Falcons ruin Zimmerman’s homecoming 30-13 on Friday evening.

The Falcons (3-2) also got three touchdown passes by Sam Uderman as they sent the Thunder (3-2) to their second straight conference loss.

Nick Hasslan made a leaping catch for a Thunder touchdown. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

“Multiple miscues in the first off led to us  being down 24-7 at the half,” lamented Thunder coach Tom Kish, citing a dropped touchdown pass, the onside kick Foley made and recovered, and the blocked punt and interception deep in Thunder territory with Foley parlaying both into touchdowns.

“Our secondary allowed Foley to complete multiple long passes,” he added. “We couldn’t get a whole lot going in the second half. We’ll have to regroup and get ready for Mora.”

Foley’s Tyler Beehler caught a touchdown over Thunder linebacker Jeff Mueller (44). (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Udermann hit Mitch Keeler from 34 yards, Tyler Beehler from 10 and Kurt Winkelman from 10 for touchdowns while Luke Kelvington punched in from one and five yards out. It would have been a bigger rout if the Falcons hadn’t gone 0-for-5 on conversions.

Collin Ashley, Thunder senior back, dashed 60 yards for a touchdown that cut the Falcon lead to 24-13 in the third quarter. Ashley is the player who dropped the TD pass in the first half, but he snagged four others for 50 yards while carrying four times for 81.

Thunder lineman Mitch Robinson, and volleyball player Cassandra Ortberg, were introduced as homecoming king and queen. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Working against a big Foley defensive line, and playing from way behind, the Thunder took to the air far more often than they want. Cam Korlath had good numbers hitting 15 of 23 for 213 yards, and one touchdown, a five-yarder to Nick Hasslen, but he was picked off three times. Trey Gabrielson had a big night receiving with seven for 101 yards.

The Thunder will play at Mora (1-4) next Friday.

Foley 30, Zimmerman 13

Foley ………..… 6   18   0   6  — 30
Zimmerman …..  0     7   6   0 — 13

Fol—Mitch Keeler 34 pass from Sam Udermann (run failed)
Zim—Nick Hasslen 5 pass from Cam Korlath (Alex McGregor kick)
Fol—Luke Kelvington 1 run (run failed)
Fol—Tyler Beehler 10 pass from Udermann (pass failed)
Fol—Kelvington 5 run (pass failed)
Zim—Collin Ashley 60 run (kick failed)
Fol—Kurt Winkelman 10 pass from Udermann (kick failed)

Collin Ashley makes a cut on the way to a 60-yard touchdown for Zimmerman. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Zimmerman statistics

Rushing — Ashley 4-81, Noah Lunning 8-34, Jeff Mueller 7-30, Cam Korlath 8-12, Andrew Nixon 1-1
Passing — Korlath 15-23-213-1-3
Receiving — Trey Gabrielson 7-101, Ashley 4-50, Nixon 2-34, Lunning 1-23, Hasslen 1-5
Tackles — Mitch Robinson 8-1-9, Mueller 6-1-7, Cody Thompson 5-0-5, Korlath 3-2-5, Lunning 5-0-5, Cory Jopp 3-2-5, Eli Muellenbach 4-1-5, Jeremy Sloneker 3-2-5
Sacks — Jopp .5, Robinson .5

Jeff Mueller of the Thunder sacked Foley quarterback Sam Udermann. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)