Four lost fumbles and a muffed field goal attempt by Zimmerman led to a 13-10 loss to the Milaca Wolves on Friday evening in Milaca.
“Another night where we beat ourselves,” said coach Tom Kish, blaming the fumbles on bad snaps or pitches on the option.
The Thunder (2-5) had a third-down play at the Milaca one-yard line with five minutes left. The Wolves stopped their run on third down. The Thunder tried to go for it on fourth down but false-started. Backed up to the six, they tried a field goal, but the snap went over the holder’s head.
The Thunder out gained Milaca 343 yards to 169, intercepted three passes, and gave up just 63 rushing yards in 33 attempts.
“We did some good things,” said Kish.
Noah Lunning made two of the interceptions while rushing for 92 yards in 13 attempts and catching two passes for 63. He got the game’s opening touchdown in a 13-yard run.
Milaca quarterback Nathan Hass passed to Brad Kiel for a 21-yard touchdown to knot the score 7-7 in the first half. Zimmerman’s Alex MacGregor kicked a 30-yard field goal in the third period, but Kiel’s 13-yard TD run in the fourth reclaimed the lead for Milaca (2-5).
The Thunder will host Albany in the conference finale on Wednesday.
Milaca 13, Zimmerman 10
Zimmerman ….. 0 7 3 0 — 10
Milaca ………… 0 6 0 7 — 13
Zim — Noah Lunning 18 run (Alex MacGregor kick)
Mil— Brian Kiel 21 pass from Nathan Hass (kick blocked
Zim— MacGregor 30 field goal
Mil — Hass 13 run (xx88xx kick)
Rushing — Lunning 13-92, Austin May 10-64, Mack Riley 5-27, Craig Steiskal 1-25, Austin Tretbar 2-12, Matt Dorso 7-6
Passing — Dorso 9-17-117-0
Receiving — Lunning 2-63, Steiskal 4-31, Andrew Nixon 1-9, Cody Thompson 1-8, Nick Hasslen 1-6
Tackles — Evan Langston 6-4-10, Hasslen 4-4-8, May 3-5-8, Tretbar 4-2-6, Thompson 5-0-5, Nate Wiley 4-1-5, Riley 4-1-5, Trent Milless 4-1-5
Sack — Tretbar
Interception — Lunning 2, Thompson