Tiger Defense Shines In Worth County Semi-Final Victory Over South Holt

Worth County held South Holt’s explosive running game to minimal yardage and provided the Tiger offense with favorable field position in the second half as the Tigers advanced to their 12th MSHSAA 8-man championship game as they pulled away from previously undefeated South Holt 40-14 in the semi-final Friday afternoon in Oregon.

The Tigers defense held a Knights rushing game which gashed Plattsburg last Friday night for 450 yards to just 10 yards rushing and harassed South Holt quarterback Cole Medsker for negative yards rushing due to 5 and a half sacks and two key interceptions.

The Tigers started quickly as they went 73 yards in their opening drive. Quarterback Tyler New scored the first of his 3 touchdowns with a 38-yard run just 1:25 into the game for a 6-0 lead. In South Holt ensuing drive, Elias Alaracon intercepted a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage back to the 4-yard line. New converted the touchdown, and the Tigers led 14-0 with 6:50 left in the first half. Worth County threatened on their next possession after a botched punt gave the Tigers another possession which started in Knights’ territory but came away empty following a fumble.

After Landon Wilmes gave Worth County a 20-0 lead on a run early in the 4th, South Holt made a response. Cole Medsker completed a 34 yard drive with a 5-yard run with 7:26 left, and the Knights then kept the Tigers deep in their own territory on the kickoff and scored on another possession starting in Worth County territory to make it 20-14. Worth County fumbled another time and lost another scoring possession. The Knights got a late possession in the 2nd quarter and couldn’t threaten, but would get the ball in to begin the 2nd half.

Both teams traded possessions in the first 6 minutes of the second half, but South Holt’s special teams made another big play which they blocked Tyler New’s punt to give the Knights a first-and-goal at Worth County’s 10. That’s when Worth County made the first play which led to the sequence which allowed the Tigers to pull away. Landon Wilmes intercepted a pass intended to Tylynn Prussman in the end zone to take away the scoring chance. Tyler New then hit Grant McIntyre on an out. He turned the catch and broken tackle into a touchdown pass, and Worth County had a two-score lead back at 26-14. Worth County then held South Holt on downs a couple times with the Knights still in their own territory. New threw another touchdown pass to McIntyre and ran the final TD of the game in with 5:33 left, and Worth County ran out the clock the rest of the way.

Worth County Head Coach Jon Adwell on Worth County’s defensive work.

 

He said the key Landon Wilmes interception was the result of complimentary defense.

 

Worth County advances to the 8-man championship game against undefeated Archie. The Whirlwinds defeated Braymer Friday night 88-20 to advance into their first championship game.