Turkey Valley grid squad routs Easton Valley
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:16pm admin
Nate Troy Sports Editor
PRESTON - Three fourth quarter touchdowns by the Turkey Valley football team allowed the Trojans to pull away from Easton Valley for a 60-34 win on Friday, Oct. 12.
The win improved TV’s overall record to 7-1 and 4-1 in district play. The Trojans will host Central Elkader on Friday, Oct. 19 during Parents’ Night in the final regular season contest.
“Easton Valley's passing offense created some issues for our defense, but the players did a great job of sticking with the game plan to hold them to their lowest point total of the season,” TV Coach Mark Scott said. “Elliott Dietzenbach had two interceptions with the last one coming at a crucial time to end their momentum on their comeback.
“Billy Swestka had an interception in the end zone to kill another drive for them. He also had three receiving touchdowns. Our front four of Ethan Leibold, Carter Reicks, Dylan Elsbernd and Kannon Leuenberger created problems early for their offense, which allowed us to take an early lead. Offensively, we executed well, but a few penalties put us behind the chains on several drives,” the coach said.
Trojans strike early
Turkey Valley tallied three touchdowns in the first quarter to grab a 22-0 lead going into the second period. Swestka nabbed a nine-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Leibold, and Leibold ran the ball in for two points. Elsbernd scored on a 36-yard run. Leibold scored on a six-yard scamper, and he also tallied the two-pointer.
In the second quarter, Elsbernd scored on a 17-yard run, and he also caught the two-point pass from Leibold.
Easton Valley answered with two touchdowns later in the second period to cut Turkey Valley’s lead to 30-14 at halftime.
In the third period, Easton Valley outscored the Trojans 20-8 to slice TV’s lead to 38-34 going into the fourth. Turkey Valley’s touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from Leibold to Swestka. Leibold completed the two-point pass to Marcus Herold.
The Trojans put the game out of reach with three touchdowns in the final 12 minutes. Swestka caught an eight-yard pass from Leibold, and Leibold ran the ball in for two points. Marcus Herold scored on an 11-yard run, and Dietzenbach nabbed the two-point pass from Leibold. Eli Reicks scored the final touchdown on a five-yard scamper. The two-point pass failed.
Turkey Valley racked up 324 yards rushing on 67 carries, good for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Dylan Elsbernd led the way with 94 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Marcus Herold had 74 yards and one score on 12 attempts.
Ethan Leibold had 60 yards rushing and one score on 19 carries. Eli Reicks gained 43 yards and one score on eight carries. Elliott Dietzenbach had 40 yards on nine attempts. Seth Huinker had 23 yards on six carries.
TV quarterback Ethan Leibold completed eight of 15 pass attempts for 94 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Billy Swestka caught five passes for 49 yards and three touchdowns. Dylan Elsbernd had one catch for 28 yards. Dietzenbach had one catch for 15 yards. Eli Nymeyer had one catch for two yards.
On defense, Nymeyer had 9.5 total tackles, including nine solo stops. Dietzenbach had 8.5 tackles and two interceptions. Leibold had 5.5 tackles and one fumble recovery. Kannon Leuenberger had five tackles. Seth Huinker tallied 4.5 tackles. Luke Mueller had four tackles. Elsbernd and Swestka each had three tackles.
Marcus Herold had nine kickoffs for 379 yards and one touchback. Ethan Leibold had six punts for 160 yards. Eli Reicks had four kickoff returns for 72 yards.