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Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta rallied late, but came up short 28-24 at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Friday in West Central Conference South football action.

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The Falcons held on down the stretch to pick up their first win of the season. The Falcons scored twice in the fourth quarter -- one on Erik Whitcomb's 75-yard run and another on Trever Heining's 40-yard interception return -- to take a 28-12 lead.

The Tigers answered with two touchdowns of their own. Tim Ostby's 13-yard run and Chandler Erickson's 91-yard punt return brought the Tigers within four, but they were unable to convert their 2-point pass plays following the two scores.

The Tigers' Tanner Picht scored first on a 14-yard run in the first quarter.

The Falcons went up 14-6 in the second quarter.

Then Picht hauled in a 10-yard scoring strike from Jake Torgerson in the third to close the gap to 14-12.

Whitcomb ran for two other scores in the second quarter and piled up 146 rushing yards on 27 carries.

ACGC 28

Morris/C-A 24

Morris/C-A 6 0 6 12 -- 24

A-C-GC 0 14 0 14 -- 28

MCA - Tanner Picht 14 run (pass failed)

ACGC - Erik Whitcomb 4 run (Lucas Damm kick)

ACGC - Whitcomb 9 run (Damm kick)

MCA - Picht 10 from Jake Torgerson (pass failed)

ACGC - Whitcomb 75 run (kick failed)

ACGC - Trever Heining 40 interception return (Hayden Rouser pass from Dylan Hoerchler)

MCA - Tim Ostby 13 run (pass failed)

MCA - Chandler Erickson 91 punt return (pass failed)

Morris/Chokio-Alberta

Team statistics

First downs: 12; Rushing: 29-36; Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 11-27-143-1; Fumbles lost: 1; Penalties: 3-20

Individual statistics

Rushing: Tim Ostby 12-35, Tanner Picht 6-10, Tom Holland 5-3; Passing: Jake Torgerson 11-27-143-1; Receiving: Tanner Picht 3-50, Chandler Erickson 3-52, Logan Manska 2-18, Tom Holland 2-15, Lincoln Berget 1-8; Punting: Tanner Picht 5-25; Interceptions: none; Fumble recoveries: Tim Ostby 1; Tackles (solo-assist): Tom Holland 2-2, Tyler Henrichs 0-3, Chandler Erickson 0-6, Tanner Picht 0-6, Tim Ostby 1-2, Conner Metzger 0-9, Daniel Nelson 1-2, Zach Gibson 0-4, Joel Harrison 0-6, Logan Manska 0-1, Jordan Staples 1-10, John Tiernan 0-1, Wade Ehlers 0-1, Darion Helberg 1-1

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

Team statistics

First downs: 5; Rushing: 41-170; Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 4-11-43-1; Fumbles lost: 1; Penalties: 10-107

Individual statistics

Rushing: Erik Whitcomb 27-146, Trever Heining 6-23; Passing: Dylan Hoerchler 4-7-43-0, Nick Peterson 0-3-0-0; Receiving: Logan Jacobs 2-32, Matt Meyer 2-11; Punting: Jordan Nelson 8-26; Interceptions: Trever Heining 1; Fumble recoveries: Hayden Rouser 1; Tackles (solo-assist): Matt Meyer 4-0, Trever Heining 8-6, Erik Whitcomb 3-7, Hayden Rouser 4-3, Lucas Damm 2-1; QB sacks: Matt Meyer 1, Lee Whitcomb 1, Lucas Damm 1, Austin Mueller 1

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