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Rothsay gets first win in 20 years, 34-24 [UPDATED]

Published 11:36pm Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Updated 6:54am Thursday, October 21, 2010

HALSTAD — The Rothsay Tigers waited 20 years for this but they finally picked up their first win since bringing back the varsity football program as a ground attack produced 434 rushing yards in a 34-24 victory over Norman County West Tuesday evening.

The Tigers wanted to play in a big way tonight for their seniors and look to make good as running back Tyler Jorgenson flew past the Panther defenders as he went 45 yards for the opening score. Rothsay’s offense was determined and this time running back Jason Nosal got into the action as he sprinted 83 yards to put the Tigers up 14-0 at the end of the quarter.

The Tigers confidence grew as quarterback Matt Zimmerman was able to find the endzone on a six yard rush. The Panthers’ light went on in their next drive, as they realized that Rothsay came to play, when Cody Larson pushed the pile for a one yard touchdown run as the half ended at 20-8 Tigers.

Norman County West came out recharged in the second half as they owned the third quarter with a four yard run from running back Alex Lee on the opening drive and followed with a 6 yard pass from Payton Rufsvold to Lee at the end of the third quarter. The Panthers held a four point lead after both two point conversions were successful.

The Tigers did not let the win slip from their grasp as they responded in the four quarter with a one yard run by Devin Neuleib and a two yard touchdown carry from Jorgenson to seal the deal.

“This first win feels fantastic,” said Tigers head coach Andrew Oland. “We have been battling injuries all season long and it was good to get this win. That’s all we needed.”

Jorgenson’s 30 carry 247 yards two touchdown performance propelled Rothsay to their first win. Nosal also had a great night with 9 carries for 117 yards and a catch for 19 yards for the Tigers.

The Tigers will look to see how things shake out in their hopes for a playoff chance as they finish their first year with a win in the North Tri-County Conference.

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