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Morris/Chokio-Alberta running back Tom Holland fights for extra yards as Benson's Matt Ahrndt wraps him up during the first half of a West Central Conference game Friday in Benson. The Tigers improve to 4-0 in the WCC and overall with a 24-7 victory. Photo by West Central Tribune.

Prep Football: Tigers tame Braves on road

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BENSON -- Stout defense throughout and two fourth-quarter touchdowns helped Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta win on the road, remain undefeated and tied for the West Central Conference lead.

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Jordan Staples ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Jacob Torgerson ran for one TD and threw for another in the Tigers' 24-7 win over Benson on Friday.

MACA limited the Braves' potent offense to just 113 total yards, forced five turnovers and sacked Benson's all-purpose threat Matt Ahrndt five times.

MACA improved to 4-0 in the WCC and overall and are tied with BOLD, also unbeaten, atop the conference standings.

Morris/CA took advantage of a Benson turnover deep in its own end to score its first touchdown, a 1-yard run by Torgerson.

Running back Tom Holland scored on a 2-yard pass from Torgerson with just seconds left in the first half to put the Tigers up 12-0 at the break.

Benson's Colin Ose hauled in a 7-yard TD pass from Ahrndt in the third quarter to cut into the margin, but the Tigers answered back in the fourth, with Staples scoring TDs on two short plunges.

Holland finished with 108 yards on 16 carries and Staples picked up 54 on 14 carries.

Ahrndt ran for 74 yards and threw for 67 but was intercepted three times and the Braves also lost two fumbles.

Benson fell to 2-2 overall and in the WCC.

Morris Area/CA 24, Benson 7

Morris Area/CA (4-0, 4-0) 0 12 0 12 -- 24

Benson (2-2, 2-2) 0 0 7 0 -- 0

MACA - Jacob Torgerson 1 run (kick failed)

MACA - Tom Holland 2 pass from Torgerson (pass failed)

B - Colin Ose 7 pass from Matt Ahrndt (Ose kick)

MACA - Jordan Staples 1 run (run failed)

MACA - Staples 2 run (run failed)

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta

Team statistics

First downs: 12 ... Rushing: 46-186 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-10-71-1 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 5-41

Individual statistics

Rushing: Tom Holland 16-108, Jordan Staples 14-54, Connor Metzger 3-12, Jacob Torgerson 6-12 ... Passing: Torgerson 5-10-71-1 ... Receiving: Logan Manska 2-18, Holland 1-2, Chandler Erickson 1-9, Lincoln Berget 1-42 ... Punting: Tanner Picht 4-31.8 ... Interceptions: Austin Diercks 2, Erickson 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Connor Metzger 1, Nic Vipond 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Not available ... QB sacks: Metzger 2, Staples 1, Diercks 1, Vipond 0.5, Joel Harrson 0.5

Benson

Team statistics

First downs: 9 ... Rushing: 34-46 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 7-18-67-3 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 4-30

Individual statistics

Rushing: Matt Ahrndt 19-74, Morgan Staton 9-23 ... Passing: Ahrndt 7-18-67-3 ... Receiving: Colin Ose 4-37, Landon Mitteness 1-2, Dan Lee 1-23, Brody Gimberlin 1-5 ... Punting: Ose 3-30.0 ... Interceptions: Ahrndt 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Jacob Goff 2 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Tyler Jensen 1-10, Jake Schwendemann 1-7, Chad Schwarz 2-5, Austin Norby 3-4, Ose 2-4, Ahrndt 2-3, Gimberlin 3-2, Dan Lee 0-5, Zach Jensen 1-4, Tanner Mikkelson 2-3, Brady McDonald 0-5 ... QB sacks: None

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