Friday night’s game between the McGregor Mercuries and Isle Huskies at Isle was much like a track meet with the teams scoring 108 points and putting up 924 yards of offense. The Huskies prevailed 58-50.
The Mercs took the early lead with a pair of first quarter touchdowns. Willie Glunz’s quarterback sneak and Drew Dean’s conversion run gave McGregor an 8-0 lead. Later in the period, Glunz and Ethan Bohn connected for a 27-yard pass play; the Mercs were in control 14-0.
The Huskies answered with three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, but the Mercs kept the lead on a pair of Dean scampers into the end zone. Halftime – McGregor 30, Isle 20.
The Mercs drew first blood in the third period when Colton Anderson scored on a 5-yard run, but after that Isle Huskie quarterback, Teagen Haggberg went to the air, leading to three third quarter touchdowns. Haggberg passed for 354 yards; many of those in the second half.
The Huskies took a 42-36 lead into the fourth quarter until a second 27-yard touchdown pass from Glunz to Bohn tied the score at 42 with nine minutes left in the game.
With three minutes on the clock, Haggberg tossed a 23-yard touchdown strike and passed for the extra points. Isle 50, McGregor 42.
The Mercs answered with a 61-yard drive. Dean ran for 15; Glunz connected on a nine-yard pass to Anderson and a 27-yarder to Dean, giving the Mercs first-and goal at the five. Dean followed with a touchdown run and 2-point conversion. McGregor 50, Isle 50.
A Merc onside kick attempt failed and Isle tacked on a final score on a 55-yard run. The two-point conversion was good, leaving the Mercs with less than a minute to answer. Final score-Isle 58, McGregor 50.
“It was another wild game with Isle similar to last year,” said Merc coach Bob Staska. “ We got our offense on track obviously, but we gave up too many big plays. We gave up a lead, but we did fight back to tie the game late. The kids played hard. We are still playing without two seniors, but we had a good week of practice and will move forward to next week.”
McGregor 14 16 6 14 - 50
Isle 0 20 22 16 - 58
Team and individual statistics:
Total offense: M-401 yds., Isle-523 yds.
Passing: M-125 yds., I-354 yds.
Rushing: M-276 yds., I-169 yds.
Mercs’ individual rushing:
Jacob Metzen 3-12 yds.
Dean 28-135 yds.
Dante Benjamin 4-27 yds.
Anderson 15-107 yds
Glunz 13 yds.
Tackles: Dean 13, Bohn 6, Glunz 6, Metzen 5
Fumble recovery: Benjamin