Tigers trip up in Winona, fall 41-17 on wet turf

Published 2:08 am Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Albert Lea Tigers football team rushed for nearly 300 yards Friday, but inconsistent passing and five turnovers led to a 41-17 loss to Winona on the road.

The Tigers opened the game with a 30-yard Alik Smed field goal drove to Winona’s 20-yard line on their second drive, but fumbled the ball to the Winhawks, who marched down the field and scored to take a 6-3 lead.

The Winhakws then used their passing game to move down the field and take a 13-3 lead before the Tigers threatened again with the running game but fumbled the ball, which Winona recovered and ran back for a touchdown extending the lead to 20-3.

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With 50 seconds left before halftime, the Tigers opted to go for it on fourth-and-one at midfield. Albert Lea couldn’t convert and turned the ball over to the Winhawks.

Winona then completed a 56-yard passing touchdown and took a 27-3 to halftime.

Sophomore Ethan Abben scored the Tigers’ second touchdown on a 28-yard run and in the fourth quarter, Albert Lea quarterback Kyle Kriewall completed a 60-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Klatt for the Tigers’ final score.

“We really struggled to tackle all night,” Albert Lea head coach Clay Anderson said. “We slipped a lot on the turf and didn’t do the fundamentals very well.”

Abben led the Tigers’ rushing attack, who combined for 299 yards on the ground, with 112 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Kriewall rushed seven times for 77 yards, Cory Hansen rushed 11 times for 58 yards and Dillon Stolt rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries.