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Buffalo Ridge nips River Valley

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

River Valley wide receiver (81) Austin Hanson makes a bobbling catch thru the Bison defense for a sizeable gain. (8) Jared Schlinz and (5) Patrick McAreavy try to break up the play.
26-25 overtime thriller goes to host Bison

HOLSTEIN - Buffalo Ridge quarterback Kellen Jacobson hooked up on a six-yard touchdown pass to Josh Alesch in the second overtime, and freshman Bison kicker Seth Johnson kicked the PAT to lead Buffalo Ridge to an exciting 26-25 season-opening win over neighboring River Valley in non-district football action here on Aug. 22.

The teams were tied at 13-13 at the end of regulation and both scored TDs in the first overtime on their first possessions, but could not get the PAT, setting up the second round of possessions that led to the Bison's winning TD and PAT.

This pass play just missed the grasp of Buffalo Ridge receiver Ray Wedeking as River Valley defender Austin Hanson breaks up the play. Moving in for RV is Anthony Volkert, while Bison linemen Taylor Nees (65) and Steven Mason (51) watch the action in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
Buffalo Ridge, the first-year merger of Galva-Holstein and Schaller-Crestland teams, scored first in the game when Jared Schlinz hauled it in from three yards out and Daren Miller kicked the PAT. The Bison added another TD on a Miller four-yard run in the second quarter, the PAT failed, and BR led 13-0.

River Valley then scored with 15 seconds left in the first half on a one-yard TD run by Tyler McCrea to make it 13-6 at halftime after the PAT failed.

The Wolverines of first-year coach Brian Winkler, a former G-H assistant, then knotted the game in the third period on a six-yard TD run by Austin Hansen. The PAT missed.

Buffalo Ridge defender Steven Mason tackles River Valley quarterback Zach Hullinger (15) as he pitches the ball to running back Sam Lundt (21) in season-opening football action in Holstein. Photo by Reta Todd
Miller scored for the Bison on a two-yard run in the first overtime period, the PAT failing. RV then tied it on a 14-yard TD pass from Zack Hullinger to Hansen, with the PAT missed. The Wolverines got the ball first in the second OT and scored on a 10-yard pass play from Hullinger to Anthony Volkert, but missed the PAT.

Then came the Jacobson to Alesch pass and winning PAT kick by Johnson.

The winners rushed 32 times for 94 yards, with Miller leading the way with 58 yards on 15 carries. Jacobson was 2-6 passing for 16 yards, and Kyle Dahm 2-5 for 26 yards.

Senior running back (8) Jared Schlinz of the Buffalo Ridge Bison dances down the sideline for yards as the Wolverine defense Ethan Todd and (81) Austin Hanson brings him down.
RV rushed 33 times for 82 yards and Hullinger was 16-30 passing for 215 yards and three TDs. Sam Lundt carried the ball 13 times for 52 yards, and McCrea hauled it 15 times for 30 yards. Both teams had two interceptions.

Mark Cronin led the Bison tacklers with nine, followed by Chris Bondinello and Jesse Yender with five apiece.

Billy Pansegran led the RV tacklers with 13 and two fumble recoveries, while McCrea registered eight tackles and one interception, and Lundt one interception.

"We played in front of a packed house and were happy to have fan support from the surrounding communities," said Bison co-coach Butch Faulkenberry, the former G-H coach.

"Our defense came up big, often playing on a short field and not giving up too many points. River Valley certainly played an outstanding football game and we felt our kids hung tough and kept working hard."

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