By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON ? Eight-man football was served a notice on Friday night in New London. The Tigers are here, and they?re quite the threat. New London faced off with Hartwick-Ladora-Victor (H-L-V), a team tabbed No. 3 in the preseason radio Iowa poll, and the Tigers absolutely buried them, winning 51-16.
In a bit of a worrysome start, H-L-V scored the first two touchdowns of the game. Star running back Dean Shaull found the end zone on the ground and through the air in the first quarter, and the Warriors converted on both two-point conversion attempts to take a 16-0 head start.
New London scored once in the first quarter, finding the end zone on a seven-yard pass from Isaac McSorley to Keontae Luckett. The two-point try was good and the H-L-V lead was cut in half, at 16-8.
It was all Tigers from that point forward. McSorley found Mason Porter with a nine-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter, and scrambled 47 yards for a score on the next to give New London a 20-16 lead.
On the insuing kick-off, Shae Summerfield and Caydin Wahls combined to take the Warrior returner down in the end zone for a safety. Porter caught a 15-yard touchdown pass on the nexst posession to make it 28-16, and the Tigers stretched the advantage 31-16 with a 30-yard field goal before the first half buzzer rang.
New London?s defense broke the Warriors in the second half. H-L-V went scoreless in the final two quarters and New London continued to pour it on. Luckett scored on a 46-yard run, McSorley found the end zone with a seven-yard scramble, and Summerfield put the icing on the cake with a rushing touchdown as the Tigers walked away with a statement win.
McSorley finished the game 13-23 for 144 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also scrambled for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Luckett had a monster game as well, rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown, and catching three passes for 35 yards and a score.
Darius Whaley had 44 all-purpose yards on the day. Summerfield had 54 all-purpose yards. Porter finished the game with 24 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
The defense forced two turnovers on the day. Whaley and Porter each had one interception on the game.
New London will hit the road for their next contest, taking on Moravia next Friday, Aug. 31. That game will begin at 7 p.m.