HLWW uses big 3rd quarter to defeat Central, 32-20

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Central quarterback Isaac Hormann attempts to break a tackle by a Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted defender on the road Thursday. The Raiders lost the game, 32-20. (NYA Times staff photo by Adam Gruenewald)

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Trailing 14-7 at halftime, the Central football squad knew they needed to limit their mistakes to win the first game of the season at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Thursday night.
But the Lakers had other plans, scoring on successive possessions in the second half and winning the game, 32-20.
First, the Lakers recovered their own short kickoff on the Raiders side of the field and immediately scored on a 38-yard run by Austin Solberg to go up 20-7 after the kick missed.
Then after the Raiders were forced to punt, the Lakers drove 62 yards and scored on a 30-yard Dallas Eastman run to take a commanding 26-7 lead.
Central attempted to answer, getting several good runs from Noah Peterson. Peterson had the Raiders around midfield, but a personal foul penalty on 3rd–and–4 sent them back and ended the drive.
Head coach Paul Henn said his team can’t afford to take penalties like that.
“I thought our running game was good,” said Henn. “We took penalties at the wrong times, we missed blocking assignments at the wrong times and those things kill drives. If we want to win football games, we can’t do that.”
Central would recover a Lakers fumble with 5:07 left in the third quarter though to get the ball back.
Another personal foul would leave them at 1st and 23 from their own 43-yard line. Peterson ran for one yard on first down and the Raiders recovered their own fumble on second down, setting up a crucial third down. Quarterback Isaac Hormann then found Bryce Panning, who scampered 56 yards for a touchdown and Zach Schnabel converted the kick, cutting the lead to 26-14 with 3:27 left.
Central then forced a punt, but started their drive deep in their own territory. A quick interception gave the ball back to the Lakers, who promptly scored when quarterback Joe Aalid threw to Logan Kritzeck for a 15-yard score to go up 32-14 with 11:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders showed will though, not giving up and scoring late in the game with 13.7 seconds left when Hormann found Panning again, this time in the end zone for a 9-yard score.
“What it told me is that guys were not going to roll over and quit,” said Henn. “They’re not going to quit and they’re going to play until that clock hits zero and that’s what I wanted to see. We had nothing left to prove. Howard Lake played a great football game. The only thing we had to prove to ourselves is we were going to go out and we weren’t going to quit.”
The game started promising for both teams as the Lakers scored on their opening possession and the Raiders answered with their own 76-yard scoring drive capped off by a Peterson 1-yard run.
The Lakers answered right away though with a drive of their own as Eastman scored from eight yards out to make it 14-7. The Lakers would later threaten again in the second quarter, but Panning got an interception at the Raiders 2-yard line to get the ball back.
“Big night for him,” said Henn. “He had a great night. Kid works hard and you can see that hard work pays off for him.”
Peterson led Central in rushing with 166 yards on 29 attempts, while Panning had two catches for 65 yards and Hormann completed six passes for 102 yards.
“I thought he (Peterson) ran the ball really hard,” said Henn. “He’s a playmaker and Bryce Panning made plays tonight. I thought Isaac Hormann played pretty well at quarterback. We just got to clean up all those little things and we’ll be OK.”
Next up, Central will host Minnesota River Conference opponent Tri-City United at 7 p.m. Tri-City United beat Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Friday, 35-8.
“We’ve got to do things sound and do things right,” said Henn. “We made a lot of good plays tonight. But when we break down, we’re going to get caught. We’re not the kind of team that can have breakdowns and not get beat. And that’s what we got to do. We can’t take silly penalties, we can’t have guys miss assignments, we can’t have people miss blocks… These guys will get it. This is what you learn that first week of the season.”

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HLWW 32, Central 20
Central 7 0 7 6 -20
HLWW 14 0 12 6 – 32

HLWW 32, Central 20
Central 7 0 7 6 -20
HLWW 14 0 12 6 – 32

First quarter
Austin Solberg 5 run (Daire Butturff kick), 8:02
Noah Peterson 1 run (Zach Schnable kick)
Dallas Eastman 8 run (Butturff kick)

Third quarter
Austin Solberg 38 run (Butturff kick missed)
Dallas Eastman 30 run (conversion failed), 9:00
Brice Panning 56 pass from Isaac Hormann (Zach Schnable kick), 3:27

Fourth quarter
Logan Kritzeck 15 pass from Joe Aalid (Kritzeck kick missed), 11:09
Panning 19 pass from Isaac Hormann (Zach Schnable kick missed), :13.7

First Downs – Central 12, HLWW 16
Rushes-Yards – Central 38-188, HLWW 43-297
Passing – Central 102, HLWW 131
Comp-Att-Int – Central 6-15-1, HLWW 8-17-1
Fumbles-Lost – Central 2-1, HLWW 1-1
Penalties-Yards – Central 5-43, HLWW 9-50

Individual Statistics
Rushing – Central, Noah Peterson 29-166, Zach Storms 6-25, Isaac Hormann 1-1, Zach Heiland 1-2, Casey Clemensen 1-(-)6
Passing – Central Isaac Hormann 6-15-1 INT-102-2 TD
Receiving – Alex Eichner 4-37, Bryce Panning 2-65
Punt Returns – Casey Clemensen 1-21
Kick Returns – Zach Heiland 4-45, Clay Johnson 1-2