NRHEG falls short to Maple River, ends season with 5-5 record

Published 7:32 pm Monday, October 30, 2017

The NRHEG football team came to the end of their season on Saturday night when they traveled to Mapleton for the semifinals of the section 2AA playoffs.

Despite trailing at halftime by just four points, the Panther defense would give up 24 second-half points to the Eagles as they fell, 34-14.

The Panthers got their first points on the board late in the first quarter after a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jake Stork to Cole Staloch.

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However, that would be their only touchdown of the half and only score of the game until late in the fourth quarter.

Senior running back Perry Peterson ran the ball for an eight-yard touchdown carry and the ensuing two-point conversion. The score put the Panthers down by 20 points, but there was only four minutes left in the game. The lead proved too much to overcome.

Turnovers would decide the game for NRHEG as they lost the ball four times compared to Maple River’s zero.

NRHEG had 176 total yards of offense, 107 of which came on the ground.

Peterson lead the team in rushing with 71 yards and one touchdown. Staloch lead the Panthers with 52 receiving yards and one touchdown.

NRHEG finished the season with a record of 5-5, a bit of a drop from their finish of 7-3 in 2016.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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