Football: Ponder drops opener 24-13

Comments () A Text Size

PONDER — Steven Flusche rushed for two touchdowns as Muenster defeated Ponder 24-13 in the season opener Friday night for both teams.

After a failed first drive, Ponder regained possession when Dylan Nichelson recovered a fumble. Brennan Sooter capped off the impressive drive with a 2-yard run for the touchdown. Coleman James converted the extra point to give the Lions an early 7-0 lead.

Muenster would receive its first points on a Lions error. A high snap on the punt bounced into the end zone for a safety, cutting Ponder’s lead to 7-2.

The Hornets found their offensive flow early in the second quarter. Steven Flusche took a delayed handoff and dashed 22 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was missed, but Muenster led 8-7.

Moments later, Muenster’s Mason Binder kicked a 28-yard field goal, making the score 11-7 at the half.

Penalties gave Muenster an easy trip to the red zone to start the second half. Binder would take it himself from 2 yards out for the score. After a failed conversion, Muenster held a 17-7 lead.

Ponder showed promise on the following drive, but an interception killed the momentum. The Hornets would make them pay.

Trevor Hess got behind the coverage, snagging a pass from Hunter Klement for a 62-yard gain. Two plays later, Flusche scored his second touchdown of the night. After the kick, Muenster was pulling away with a 24-7 lead.

The Lions did answer with a strong drive, making easy passes to get down the field. Brennan Sooter would hit paydirt on a 27-yard sweep play to cut the lead to 24-13.

Trey Dunlap came up big with a sack to kill a Muenster possession and give Ponder a chance to cut into the lead even more.

Sanders found Tanner Yeager for a 26-yard completion and a facemask penalty added on to the play, giving the Lions a trip inside the Muenster 20. However, four straight plays of no yardage destroyed the Ponder drive and a chance to cut it to one possession.

Ponder would attempt a final drive, but turned it over on downs, and Muenster was able to run out the clock.

Muenster 24, Ponder 13

Muenster

2

9

13

0

24

Ponder

0

6

0

7

13

 

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

P — Brennan Sooter 2 run (Coleman James kick), 6:54

M — Safety, 1:57

Second Quarter

M — Steven Flusche 22 run (Mason Binder no good), 8:55

M — Binder 28 field goal, 3:18

Third Quarter

M — Binder 2 run (conversion no good), 10:41

M — S. Flusche 1 run (Hunter Klement kick), 5:25

P —- Brennan Sooter 27 run (conversion no good), 1:01

 

TEAM STATISTICS

 

M

P

First Downs

15

7

Rushing

160

116

Passing

8-11-0

20-34-1

Passing Yards

106

194

Total Yards

266

310

Fumbles-Lost

2-2

1-1

Punts-Avg.

3-38

1-42

Penalties

7-75

5-41

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — M: Steven Flusche 10-62, Mason Binder 8-57, Trevor Hess 4-19, Andy Flusche 3-20, Clint Sidwell 3-4, Hunter Klement 3-(-10), Trevor Hess 2-8. P: Brennan Sooter 21-88, Reid Sanders 3-24, Austin Leveridge 1-3,Tanner Yeager 1-1.

Passing — M: Mason Binder 5-6-31, Hunter Klement 3-5-75. P: Reid Sanders 20-34-194-1

Receiving — M: Trevor Hess 4-82, Cole Walterscheid 2-10. Andy Flusche 2-4. P: Christian Worthington 6-62, Tanner Yeager 5-64, Austin Leveridge 5-37, Nick King 2-22, Brennan Sooter 2-9.

 


Comments
DentonRC.com is now using Facebook Comments. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then add your comment below. Your comment is subject to Facebook's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service on data use. If you don't want your comment to appear on Facebook, uncheck the 'Post to Facebook' box. To find out more, read the FAQ .
Copyright 2011 Denton Record-Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.