Horns score first against "very physical" Gordon-Rushville, couldn't solidify the win

 

Tonia Copeland

Jaden Withrow (10) struggles to keep the ball and maintain his footing during the Homecoming game last Friday against the Gordon-Rushville Mustangs. Though the Longhorns scored first and fought hard, they fell to the Mustangs 52-26.

First to score, the Longhorns battled hard throughout the Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 2, to ultimately fall to the Gordon-Rushville Mustangs, 52-26.

"The start of the game went well for us, and hopefully we can continue to build on that start," had coach Nick Kuxhausen said. "We need to work on continuing to play for four full quarters."

Sophomore Izaac Reuter showed off his skill under center as the starting quarterback for the Longhorns. Reuter completed five of 10 pass attempts for a total of 26 yards during the game and scored a touchdown.

Senior Logan Stahla racked up 20 carries for a total of 101 rushing yards and scoring two of the Longhorns four touchdowns.

Stahla was also credited with one solo tackle and six assists in the Horns bid for a win.

"Stahla had a very solid game for us offensively," Kuxhausen said. "Defensively we didn't really have any stand-out players. We are looking to get that unit back on track this week."

Senior Jaden Withrow carried for a total of 58 rushing yards, scored one touchdown, was credited with four solo tackles, three assists and matched Stahla's ten kick-off return yards.

Sam Tussing racked up three solo tackles and three assists, followed by Jake Jenkins with two solos and two assists.

Senior Cody Kirby had one solo tackle and five assists, while Paycen Harroun and Brady Kilgore were credited with two solos each and Corey Travis had one solo and three assists.

Colton Mielke racked up 14 yards after the catch while Brayden Tyan had nine rushing yards and James Merryfield rushed for seven.

"Gordon was very physical, a tough team. We had some let-downs in the second quarter that just kind of took us out of the ball game, but we look at practicing hard this week and getting back after it" coach Nick Kuxhausen said. "We are just going to try to get better week in and week out and keep practicing hard."

The Horns will travel to Mitchell, Friday, Sept. 9.

Tonia Copeland

Brady Kilgore tackles a Gordon-Rushville just inches outside the end zone.

 

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