The Algona Bulldogs failed two-point conversion with 1:44 to go in the game proved to be the difference in Storm Lake’s 35-34 victory in the district opener for both teams Friday night in Storm Lake. In a game that featured nearly 500 yards of offense and 56 first half points it became a defensive battle in the 2nd half with each team only scoring one touchdown.
But in the first half there were 28 points scored within the first five minutes with each team scoring on long touchdown passes on their first plays from scrimmage. Matt Grein threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Wegener and it was 7-0 after the first 14 seconds. The Tornadoes responded with a touchdown on their first play when Kevin Duque tossed a 65 yard bomb to Jake Heitman on a flea-flicker and the game was tied at 7-7 after 24 seconds were played. The Bulldogs scored on their second possession and after a Tornado fumble they scored again on their third and built a 21-7 lead. The Tornadoes would score the next two touchdowns on a one yard run by Brayden Hoops and a 54 yard run by Lamar Mulgae. Then early in the 2nd quarter Storm lake would turn the ball over for the 2nd time and it led to another Algona touchdown. But Hoops would cap off a 55 yard T-D drive with his second one yard run, and 6th rushing touchdown of the season, to tie the game at 28-28.
In the second half the Bulldogs were driving but turned it over at the Storm Lake 17 yard line and the Tornadoes responded with a 14-play 83 yard TD drive with Manny Chavez finishing it off with a 13 yard touchdown run. Algona would get the ball back with 6:19 to go starting at their own 34 yard line and 10 plays later Wyatt Wegener would run in a touchdown from 10 yards out and after an Algona timeout they tried the two point conversion and their pass play was incomplete in the end zone.
Storm Lake would then grind out the final 1:44 for the win. Storm Lake is now 3-0 (1-0) and will play at Sioux City-Heelan next Friday. The Bulldogs fall to 2-1 (0-1) and will host Humboldt next week. Kevin Duque carried the ball 20 times for 99 yards and completed five passes for another 105. Mulgae had nine carries for 89 yards, Hoops 12 for 53 yards.
The Tornadoes had 392 yards of offense and Algona had 369. Post game interview with coach Rudy Wieck will posted in the coaches corner by 10am Saturday morning. The Wells Ag Supply of Fonda play of the game was Storm Lake’s conversion of a 4th down and one play from their own 45 yard line to keep the drive alive on what proved to be the game winning drive.