Late scores help Pirates pull away from Indees

The Independence/Gilmanton football team had a chance to tie the game in the third quarter, but a two-point conversion was stopped and Cochrane-Fountain City scored on its next possession to take control.

A four-yard touchdown run by Xavier Santillan made the score 14-12 before the two-point conversion attempt. The Pirates stopped Ben Pyka’s two-point run then marched down the field for another touchdown. They scored again in the fourth to win 28-12.

The loss was the fourth straight to start the season for the Indees as they fell to 0-2 in Dairyland Conference play. It was the 17th straight loss for the program, which has lost 29 of its last 30 games. 

I/G returns home this week to Eleva-Strum, which is 1-3 on the season, coming off of a 51-6 loss to Pepin/Alma. The Cardinals lost 45-22 to C-FC on Sept. 2. 

Next week the Indees host perhaps the conference’s top team, Pepin/Alma.

C-FC 28 I/G 12

The Indees had their chances to come away with a win, but they couldn’t get big play when they needed them.

I/G had an early lead when Ben Pyka scampered 58 yards for a touchdown on the third play from scrimmage.

As they would do throughout the game, C-FC answered back with a touchdown on their first possession with Tanner Schieffer scoring from five yards out. Schieffer then booted the point after through the uprights to give the Pirates a 7-6 lead with 5:13 to play in the first quarter. 

The Indees had some success on the ground. Their next possession went into C-FC territory before a fumble gave the ball back to the Pirates. They later had a pass on a fake punt fall incomplete. Their defense held strong throughout the first half though as the teams went into halftime without another score.

Both offenses got going early in the third quarter.

C-FC opened up their offense as Austin Arnburg hooked up with Schieffer for a 53-yard touchdown about three minutes into the third quarter. The point after made the score 14-6.

The Indees responded as Pyka rattled off runs of 14 and 27 yards before Nathan Pyka got free for a 17-yard gain that gave the Indees a first down at the C-FC eight-yard line. 

Santillan finished the drive from there, first carrying for four yards then picking up the last four yards on the next play, making the score 14-12 with seven minutes left in the third.

The Indees went to tie the game, but Pyka was stopped short.

C-FC began to feature Arnburg and it opened their offense up. The junior had runs of 34, 11 and 17 yards and completed a pass for 24 yards on their next possession before Schieffer finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown. Schieffer’s point after made it a nine-point game with 5:17 left in the third quarter.

I/G’s offense began to stall. They lost yardage on their next drive before punting the ball away. An Arnburg fumble gave them the ball back at midfield, but they lost yardage before a punt again.

The Pirates put the game away on their next drive, taking six minutes off the clock before Arnburg tossed a nine-yard touchdown to Andrew Bissen. Shieffer’s point after made the score 28-12 with 5:39 remaining.

The Indees had success on the ground as Ben Pyka ran for 139 yards on 15 attempts — an average of more than nine yards per carry. Mason Gierok added 36 yards and Nathan Pyka had 32. But they didn’t complete a pass in the game, whereas C-FC had a more balanced attack.

Arnburg completed all four of his pass attempts for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 102 yards on nine attempts. Zach Bond complete four-of-seven passes for 27 yards. Schieffer had 73 rushing yards on 14 attempts as he ran for two touchdowns and caught one more. 

               I/G      C-FC

Rushing     41/194    35/196

Passing      2/0         11/126

Total              43/194       46/322

First downs          12           17

Turnovers      2                 1

Penalties        0/0             4/45



Rushing (att./yds.) — B. Pyka 15/139 Gierok 8/36 N. Pyka 7/32 Guenther 1/-2 Santillan 10/-11

Passing (comp./att./yds.) — Guenther 0/2

Tackles (solo/asts) — Montalvo 8/0 G. Bragger 5/3 Rajkowski 4/1 B. Pyka 4/0 Pietrek 3/1 N. Pyka 2/1 Marsolek 2/0 Gierok 2/0 A. Bragger 1/0 Medina 1/0

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