Tigers beat up Braves, qualify for playoffs

NEW LONDON — Playoff time is here again for the New London football team. The Tigers ended their regular season 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the district after a dominating 69-20 win win over Montezuma on Friday night, and their RPI qualified them for the Class 8-Man playoffs.

Quarterback Isaac McSorley had a monster night for the Tigers. He was 9-15 for 120 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions through the air. On his feet, he ran for 212 yards and three scores.

Keontae Luckett had another big game as well, running for 128 yards and two scores. Jordan Johnson ran for 91 yards and a touchdown of his own.

Mason Porter led the receiving corps with two catches for 57 yards and two scores. Darius Whaley had two catches for 35 yards and a touchdown, and Luckett had four catches for 25 yards.

Whaley had 10 tackles to lead the defense. McSorley had eight tackles for second on the team, and Gavin Holmes ended the game with seven.

Luckett had the lone defensive touchdown on the night, picking off a Tri-County pass and returning it 32 yards to the end zone in the third quarter. Whaley finished the night with one fumble recovery.

Iowa Valley narrowly escaped H-L-V 32-30 to win the district, but New London was one of five eight-man teams to get in via their RPI. The Tigers were ninth in the RPI, which was the second best among non-district champions.

The Tigers will take on 7-2 Gladbrook-Reinbeck who easily won District 5, going 7-0 in district place after a couple of blowout non-district losses to start the year. Much like New London, G-R qualified for the Class A playoffs next year.

That game will be on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will take on either Iowa Valley or Wyoming Midland the next Friday for a spot at the UNI-dome. If New London and Iowa Valley both win, the Tigers would travel to Marengo for the second round. If New London and Midland both win, the Tigers will host the second round.