A very good start by the Zimmerman Thunder went for naught as their season ended with a 28-11 loss to the Big Lake Hornets on Tuesday evening.
The Thunder led 9-0 in the first quarter on a 34-yard field goal by Alex MacGregor after a bad punt by Big Lake, and a three-yard touchdown run by Noah Lunning after a Hornet fumble, in the Section 5-4A quarterfinal at Big Lake.
However, the Thunder would gain only 77 yards rushing and 30 passing as their season ended with a 2-7 record. Their other scoring came on a safety.
“We made some big plays on defense during the first half that gave us an 11-7 lead at halftime,” said coach Tom Kish. “During the second half, our offense really struggled to move the ball.”
Big Lake got a one-yard touchdown from Ben Book after an interception deep in Thunder territory. Zimmerman expanded its lead to 11-7 on a safety after a MacGregor punt pinned the Hornets at their three. Dustin Neseth and Evan Langston tackled Book in the end zone.
Big Lake had three scoring drives in the second half where they repeatedly got first downs on third or fourth down.
“Each time, we missed a sack or tackle we should have been able to make,” said Kish.
For Big Lake (3-6), quarterback Tyler Halverson carried 28 times for 94 yards and a touchdown, and passed for 142 yards and a touchdown, that coming on a fourth down play to Austin Poe. Book scored twice.
Big Lake 28, Zimmerman 11
Zimmerman ….. 9 2 0 0 — 11
Big Lake ……… 0 7 13 8 — 28
Zim—Alex MacGregor 34 field goal
Zim—Noah Lunning 3 run (kick failed)
BL—Ben Book 1 run (Ben Mitchell kick)
BL—Tyler Halverson 1 run (Mitchell kick)
BL—Austin Poe 11 pass from Halverson (Mitchell kick)
BL—Book 2 run (Connor Johnson pass from Halverson)
Rushing —Matt Dorso 1-3, Mack Riley 3-13, Taylor Snow 10-46, Austin May 4-8, Lunning 9-7
Passing — Dorso 1-6-23-1, Snow 1-6-7-2, Lunning 0-1-0-0
Receiving—Lunning 1-23, Craig Steiskal 1-7
Big Lake statistics
Rushing — Halverson 28-94, Book 13-50
Passing — Halverson 14-26-142-1
Receiving — Poe 5-60, Kyle Wakefield 3-33, Al Sanford 3-4, Tanner Snare 1-25, Johnson 2-20