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Hoven Homecoming ends with first loss of season for Potter County Battlers

Clear skies met the Potter County Battlers as they hosted Hoven’s Homecoming game against the Leola/Frederick Titans on Friday, Sept. 20. Both teams came into the game with a perfect record, and after a lot of back and forth and some thrilling, big plays, Leola/Frederick went home with their record intact.
A kickoff by the Battlers started the game with the Titans working their way down the field before being forced to punt, which resulted in a fumble by the Battlers and recovery by Leola/Frederick, way too close to the Potter County endzone. On a fourth down, the Titans went for it and connected on a 20 yard TD pass. The kick was wide to the right, so the visitors lit up the scoreboard with the first six points of the game.
The Battler started their offensive series on their own 30 yard line. A nice run on a quarterback option by Chayce Hall moved the ball to the Titan 25, but the visitors were soon in possession after recovering another Battler fumble. Four downs later they were punting to the home team.
It was turned over on downs by the Battlers, before forcing a fourth and punt on the Titans.
Chayce Hall pitched to his brother, Colton, who found his blockers on the left side and made some nice yardage. A series of penalties pushed the Battlers back and forced a punt from deep in their own territory and left the Titans in good field position around the Potter County 40 when the clock ran out on the first quarter.
Hayden Simon started the second quarter by picking off an interception which helped put together a nice drive for the Battlers. An offensive pass interference pulled the Battlers back, and a couple plays later the ball was punted away.
A nice screen pass to Colton Hall, who found his blockers on the right side, made a good gain for the men in red. Just when it looked like the Battlers were on track for a TD, a fumble was recovered by Leola/Frederick and the action moved in the other direction.
With a little over 20 seconds left in the half, the Titans threw up a beautiful, long pass play that spanned over half of the field to put another touchdown on the board for the visitors. The run was no good, and the Battlers headed into halftime down 0-12.
The Battlers took first possession to start the second half but couldn’t put anything together before punting to the Titan 48 yard line. It was turned over on downs so the Battlers picked it up on their 34. Four downs later, the ball was punted back to the Titans to their 10.
Guess what? Four plays later, the Titans punted to the Battlers who took over on their 15. The clock ran out on the quarter, the teams changed direction, and the final 12 minutes of football got underway.
A turnover on downs put Leola/Frederick in good field position on the Battler side of the field. A pass on the fourth down looked like a fumble recovery for the Battlers, but was called as a complete pass as the Titans moved closer to the endzone. Lucas Vogel batted down the ball on the Titan’s fourth down pass and the home team took over on downs.
Quarterback Chayce Hall saw an opening and moved the ball on a beautiful run to gain a bunch of yardage. Hall and Tanner Heuer just couldn’t connect on their pass plays this week, and the Battlers were in a fourth and nine when a pass was snatched away by a Titan interception.
With 4:22 remaining in the game, it looked grim for Potter County. Then Heuer caught the punt return, got some nice blocks, did some dandy back and forth moves that brought the crowd to its feet as he ran nearly 80 yards for a Mighty Battler touchdown. It felt like the boys were back as Chayce Hall split the uprights and the score moved 7-12.
The Titans took possession on the Battler on-side kick, and the red defense came alive, holding them to a fourth and six. With 1:10 left, the ball was punted away and the Battlers took over on the 20. Chayce Hall tucked it and made a big run to midfield, going out of bounds to stop the clock. Another big run was negated with a Battler block in the back penalty. They killed the clock with 18 seconds remaining, deep in their own territory. The time ran out and even though it looked like the fourth quarter belonged to the Battlers, the win went to the Titans.
Next Friday night the Potter County team heads to Selby to play the Herried/Selby Wolverines  with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
-Molly McRoberts
L-F (4-0)  6  6  0  0–12
PC  (3-1)  0  0  0  7–  7
L-F-Logan Weisser 17 pass from Dane Campbell (kick failed).
L-F-Weisser 40 pass from Campbell (pass failed).
PC-Tanner Heuer 72 punt return (Chayce Hall kick).
Offensive Statistics: Leola-Frederick rushing 31-72, passing (Campbell 7-18-1 for 117), receiving (Weisser 6-108), first downs 6; Potter County rushing 41-246 (Chayce Hall 17-144), passing (Chayce Hall 3-13 for 36), receiving (Colton Hall 1-25), first downs 10.
Defensive standouts: PC – Mitch Hinckley 20 tackles, Ryan Sundberg 14 tackles, Hayden Simon 10 tackles 1 interception, Colton Hall 9 tackles.

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