Tigers wash out Packers
Published 10:36 pm Wednesday, October 21, 2009
With the rain pouring throughout the night, it turned out to be a forgettable affair the Austin football team.
The Packer offense stalled in a 13-0 loss to Albert Lea in both team’s regular season finale at Art Hass Stadium Wednesday.
The Tigers (2-6 overall, 2-5 Big Nine) held Austin (3-5 overall, 2-5 Big Nine) out of the red zone the entire night.
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“We’re frustrated, but we’ve got to move on, because it’s over,” Austin running back Jerrad Ryks, who was held to 55 yards on the ground, said. “I’m just not going to think about it a whole lot.”
The deepest the Packers got was to the Tigers’ 38-yard line, where they faced a fourth and four trailing 7-0 halfway through the third quarter. But the drive ended when tight end Bob Astrup couldn’t hold on to T.J. Fritz’s pass at the Albert Lea 32-yard line.
Austin also picked up a little momentum trailing 7-0 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter when they stuffed AL’s Luke Grossman on a fourth and one from the Austin five-yard line.
On Austin’s first play of the ensuing drive Ryks broke a 21-yard run and after a three-yard run he looked to be breaking another one. But he lost his footing after going just two yards with a huge whole in front of him.
“I think it actually would’ve been a really, really big play,” Ryks said. “But I lost my footing and fell. It was hard to keep footing on both sides of the ball.”
Austin, which will play at Winona in the Section 1AAA tournament next Tuesday at 7 p.m., recovered three fumbles from the Tigers in the first half, but couldn’t produce any points.
“We needed to make some good things happen,” Austin head coach Tim Hermann said.”We’d get a couple of plays, but we couldn’t be consistent.”
The game opened with Austin going three-and-out and Albert Lea answering with a five-play 44-yard drive that saw Grossman score with just over eight minutes left in the first quarter.
The Tigers scored their second touchdown with 12 seconds left in the game.
Austin has now lost four straight.
“We just talked about the fact that the last four weeks of football, we have not put a complete football game together,” Hermann said. “When we were winning games, we were doing it on both sides of the ball. We need to get back to making it a game of three phases played well.”
Austin rushing: Jerrad Ryks, 19-for-55; T.J. Fritz, 3-for-5; Passing: Fritz, 6-for-11, 33, 2 INT; Receiving: Quinn Yocom, 2-for-17; Bob Astrup, 2-for-16; Ryks, 1-for-4
Albert Lea rushing: Luke Grossman, 37-for-161, 2 TD; Cory Hansen, 9-for-41; Dillon Stolt, 4-for-22; Kyle Kreiwall, 6-for-7; Interceptions: Trevor Rasmussen, Michael Hutchinson
AL 7 0 0 6 — 13
Austin 0 0 0 0 — 0
(AL) 8:34 Grossman 1 run (Jordan Cooper kick) (5 plays, 44 yards)
(AL) :12 Grossman 3 run (Cooper kick failed) (8 plays, 25 yards)