The Spencer Tigers shrugged off an error filled first quarter to beat the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Warriors 48-7 on Friday night in Sergeant Bluff.
Spencer turned the ball over twice in the first quarter to go along with several penalties and the Warriors struck quickly to take a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game.
From that point on the Tigers lived up to their billing as the #3 ranked team in class 3A by scoring 48 unanswered to move to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in district play.
Matt Finnern scored the Tigers lone first quarter touchdown to make the score 7-6 after Spencer misfired on the extra point.
The Tigers took their first lead in the second quarter on a 16 yard Brady Illg touchdown run. Spencer added to the lead on Illg’s second touchdown of the quarter, an eight yard touchdown gallop, to push Spencer’s lead to 21-7.
The Tiger defense held Sgt. Bluff-Luton in check helped in part by leaping interceptions from Hunter Cushman and Malik Rasch to keep the Warriors off the board in the second quarter.
The Spencer offense reached another gear in the third quarter with back to back scoring drives which saw Hunter Cushman cross the goal line on runs of seven and 32 yards. The Tigers would lead 34-7 going into the fourth quarter.
Spencer added another score early in the fourth as again Hunter Cushman housed a toss sweep from 10 yards for his third touchdown of the night. Tiger fullback Dylan Ellis added a late score on a 27 yard run and Spencer went on to win 48-7.
Spencer improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in district play with the win. Sgt. Bluff-Luton drops to 2-2 (0-2).
Matt Finnern – 11 carries, 72 yards, 1 TD
Brady Illg – 11 carries, 66 yards, 2 TDs
Hunter Cushman – 7 carries, 118 yards, 3 TDs
Dylan Ellis – 1 carry, 27 yards, 1 TD
Matt Finnern 3/5, 59 yards
Ben Fox – 1 reception, 22 yards
Rushing – 43 carries, 376 yards
Passing – 59 yards
Total – 435 yards
Turnovers: 2 fumbles
Matt George – 9 carries, 75 yards
Brett Tomoson – 11 carries, 46 yards, 1 TD
Jacob Shultz – 3/8, 18 yards, 2 INT
Rushing – 146
Passing – 18
Total – 164
Turnovers: 2 interceptions, 1 fumble