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Prep football: Trojans move to 3-1 with victory over Tri-City United

MONTGOMERY -- Karma was against the Worthington Trojans football team in the early portion of Friday's game against Tri-City United. The host Titans broke a scoreless tie on homecoming night with 10:36 remaining in the first quarter when Zach Mik...

MONTGOMERY -- Karma was against the Worthington Trojans football team in the early portion of Friday’s game against Tri-City United.

The host Titans broke a scoreless tie on homecoming night with 10:36 remaining in the first quarter when Zach Mikel jumped a pass route, intercepted a Logan Huisman aerial and raced 32 yards for a touchdown.

That was the only highlight TCU could boast of, however. Worthington scored the next 27 points. The Trojans’ 27-6 victory was the team’s third victory in a row, upping their 2016 record to 3-1.

Clutch plays on defense -- both Worthington’s first half scores were set up on turnovers -- and clutch plays on offense told the story as first-year head coach Gene Lais’ outfit turned in a smart, balanced game on a muddy Montgomery field.

Senior running back Easton Sauerbrei scored two of the Trojans’ touchdowns, getting his first with 2:25 remaining in the second quarter on an eight-yard run, and scoring his second on a three-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Sauerbrei finished with 43 yards rushing on nine carries as the Trojans unofficially totaled 192 yards compared to just 80 for Tri-City United.

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Sauerbrei’s first score was set up after teammate Shawn Hurley recovered a bobbled punt at the TCU 38-yard line. On a fourth-and-inches play, sophomore back Austin Svalland rushed seven yards to the Titans’ 22. Moments later Sauerbrei ripped off a 13-yard run before running it into the endzone for Worthington’s first TD.

Lay K Paw booted the extra point and Worthington led 7-6.

Just 37 seconds remained until halftime when a blitzing WHS defense caused another turnover, a fumble recovered at Tri-City United’s 31-yard line. Huisman passed 21 yards to Zach Boever on first down, then on the next play connected with Tyler Linder for a 10-yard scoring pass.

The extra point failed this time.

Worthington kept the pressure on early in the third quarter as Huisman found junior receiver OD Othow on a 43-yard post pattern to the TCU six-yard line. Eli Gaul scored the touchdown from three yards out and with the extra point, it was 20-6 in Worthington’s favor.

Late in the third quarter, Tri-City United was forced to punt from deep in its own territory. Worthington set up shop at the TCU 45-yard line. On a fourth-and-two play, Svalland got a first down with a five-yard run. Later, on a third-and-one play, Gaul carried for a first down at the three.

On the next play, Sauerbrei scored. The PAT was good.

Unofficial totals had Tri-City United (now 2-2) rushing 26 times for 35 yards and completing nine of 17 passes for 45 yards. Worthington rushed 35 times for 104 yards and completed five of 14 passes for 88.

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“We played lights-out defensively,” said Lais. “Easton had a big night. Made a ton of plays. Eli Gaul had a big night. Vince Riley had a big night. Marcos Herrera had a big night. It was just an excellent job by the defense.”

Worthington 0 13 7 7 -- 27

Tri-City United 6 0 0 0 -- 6

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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