Photos by Erin Keith
Information by Joe Keith
NEW CARLISLE – Simon says … game over.
Often in a back-and-forth football game, there is a moment when the victorious team can finally let out a sigh of relief knowing their hard work has paid off.
Clinging to a slim four point lead late in its matchup at Tecumseh, the Jonathan Alder football team knew it needed someone to step up to stop the home team driving toward a potential winning touchdown.
Pioneer Simon Fenik made sure that did not happen.
Alder’s Fenik snagged an interception with just 1:31 remaining to stop the Tecumseh drive and secure a 14-10 win for the Pioneers.
Heavy rain first part of first quarter that left grass field muddy. The field conditions were a factor early as Alder fumbled on the first play of the game.
The Arrows took advantage of the Pioneers slip up by taking the ball down the field, eventually scoring on a quarterback sneak by Tecumseh’s Nick Corey on a fourth and goal from the two.
Not to be outdone, Alder took to the ground, putting together a six minute drive, made up primarily of runs by Cam Jewell, Will Heisler, and Tabor Headings. It was Heisler who eventually made it into the end zone with a three yard run as time was winding down in the first quarter.
It was a combination of the weather/field conditions and strong defensive play that limited scoring in the second quarter. The home team managed a 32 yard field goal by Nolan Shafer, giving the Arrows a 10-7 advantage at the break.
Defenses took center stage in the third as neither team scored. At one point in the stanza, Tecumseh held possession for nine minutes, but turned it over on downs.
Midway through the third quarter, the Pioneers broke through with the lead as QB Headings connected with Wyatt Kaizer from 15 yards away.
The Alder defense held – first with a huge fourth down tackle for loss by Jonathan Keith, and the Fenik’s interception to end the final Tecumseh threat.
The Pioneers return home next week to take on Shawnee.