The Spencer football team kept their playoff hopes alive while handing Storm Lake a crushing defeat 17-14 in a game played Friday night at Storm Lake.
The Tigers picked up the win despite gaining only 27 yards of offense in the second half and gaining no first downs. In the first quarter the Tigers held the ball for nearly nine and a half minutes and scored on their first possession getting a 32 yard field goal from Nathan Hoage for a 3-0 lead. They would then get a 21 yard touchdown run from Isaiah Spencer, capping off a 13-play 75 yard touchdown drive that took more than six minutes and it was a 10-0 game.
The Tornadoes would get on the board on their second possession of the game as Lamar Mulgae would score on a five yard run to make the score 10-7 with just under six minutes to play in the first half. The Tornadoes marched 65 yards on 12 plays in 4:34.
The biggest play of the game may have occurred in the final minute of the second quarter. Spencer was lining up for a 45 yard field goal attempt when they were called for a five yard penalty, they then decided to go for it and Cade Hopkins completed a 31 yard pass to Michael Storey on 4th and 17 to the Tornado two yard line. Hopkins ran it into the end zone on the next play with 1o seconds left in the half to make it 17-7 at the break.
Early in the 4th quarter Brayden Hoops would score from 3 yards out for the Tornadoes, his 17th rushing touchdown of the year, capping off a 12-play 87 yard touchdown drive in 4:17 and the Tigers lead was trimmed to 17-14.
With under nine minutes to play Storm Lake had Spencer backed up on their own eight yard line facing 3rd and 18, that’s when Hopkins got through the Tornado defense for a 92 yard touchdown run but there were offsetting penalties on the play (taunting on Hopkins as he was running in for the score, and a sideline infraction on Storm Lake) so the down was replayed and Storm Lake would force the punt.
After each team punted one more time Storm Lake got the ball back at their own 39 with 3:24 to play and all three of their time outs left. The Tornadoes would eventually get a first down at the Tigers 25 with under a minute to go but the drive ended when Kevin Duque was intercepted at the Tigers one yard line on a 4th-and-11 play.
Storm Lake had 293 yards of offense with 232 coming on the ground led by Mulgae who had 22 carries for 124 yards. Duque was 6-of-15 through the air for 65 yards and two interceptions. Spencer had 233 yards with 194 on the ground led by Isaiah Spencer who toted the ball 20 times for 102 yards.
Storm Lake had 17 first downs to Spencer’s 10. The Tigers were penalized ten times for 74 yards while the Tornadoes were flagged seven times for 60 yards.
After the game Chris Boeckman spoke with Tornado coach Rudy Wieck.
The result leaves both teams 6-2 overall, and 4-2 in the district. Storm Lake will conclude the regular season next Friday night at unbeaten and 5th ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton. A win for Spencer next week over Algona will clinch a playoff berth for the Tigers. Storm Lake will need to win next Friday coupled with losses by Spencer and a Sioux City-Heelan loss to Spirit Lake to reach the playoffs for a second straight season.