Ridge View’s rally falls short in OT against #3 Algona Garrigan
ALGONA - There was a never say die attitude with the Raptors on Saturday night as they went toe to toe with the #3 ranked team in Class A, Algona Garrigan. Ridge View battled back from 14 down in the final seven minutes to tie the game and go to overtime, but ultimately fell in overtime, 26-20.
“I was really proud of the boys. They played hard and never gave up,” Ridge View Coach Dale Tokheim said. “We had some tough breaks all game long and we overcame those to give ourselves a chance.”
Ridge View got on the board first in the opening stanza. It was an 11 play drive that went 68 yards, capped off by a 10 yard pass from quarterback Jake Tokheim to Logan Cuthrell. The point after was no good, but the Raptors held a 6-0 lead with 22 seconds left on the clock. Garrigan marched down the field late in the first half, scoring with 3:55 left in the second quarter. Running back Drew Bacha took the pitch and passed it off to T.J. Schnurr from 30 yards out, and the Golden Bear two point conversion was good, giving them an 8-6 lead with the score remaining the same at halftime.
An 18 yard punt by Ridge View set up Garrigan with good field position midway through the third quarter. Quarterback Brad Capesius hit Bacha from four yards out to increase the Golden Bear advantage, 14-6 with 7:18 left in the frame. The Raptor offense found it difficult to move against the Golden Bears and threw an interception in the middle of the fourth quarter to set up the third ranked school with excellent field position.
Sam Vaske finished the short drive for Garrigan, plunging in from a yard out with 6:21 left in the game as their two point conversion failed, making it 20-6. Needing to score fast, Ridge View tossed their wing-T formation aside for the most part and went to a shotgun set. The decision paid off as 15 plays and 84 yards later, Tokheim threw his second touchdown pass of the game, finding Jake Mitchell from 35 yards out. The two point conversion failed with the score 20-12 with just 2:14 left.
Some call the onside kick one of the most exciting plays in football. Ridge View needed the ball back and executed the play to perfection, recovering the ball to give themselves a chance. With a little over 11 seconds left in the game, Tokheim dropped back and hit a strike to Lance Else from 11 yards out to draw the Raptors within two. With bonus ball on the line, Tokheim hit Else once again for the two point conversion to force overtime.
Ridge View won the coin toss and elected to start on defense to begin the first overtime period. Bacha punched one in from a yard out to give Algona Garrigan the 26-20 advantage as their two point conversion failed. Coach Tokheim decided to keep his team in the spread look because “it was working and Mitchell and Jake Kligel were both a little dinged up.”
The Raptors found themselves at the six yard line, fourth down, with one last chance to win the contest. The Golden Bears got a hand on the ball, tipping it up into the air, and Else nearly came down with the ball, but it hit the ground to conclude the thriller.
“It was a great game, a lot of fun to be apart of. In the end, we just didn’t make enough plays to win,” Coach Tokheim said. “It was a great team effort. Now we need to focus on MMCRU.”
Jake Tokheim went 11-for-24 passing for 152 yards and three touchdown passes. Mitchell caught five of those passes for 90 yards and a score, Else had four grabs for 42 yards and Cuthrell had two for 20. Mitchell also added 45 yards rushing on 13 totes and Kligel had 34 on eight.
Ridge View had 214 total yards of offense while their defense held Algona Garrigan to 251. Both teams had a lost fumble on the day. Ridge View had nine penalties for 70 yards and the Golden Bears had six for 40.
“In the second half we just had too many mistakes offensively. Penalties killed our drives. Those penalties combined with the one bad punt and interception gave them great field position,” Coach Tokheim said. “Our defense played a great game, they (Garrigan) just hit a couple of timely passes and we had some tough calls against us that extended their drives.”
Ridge View falls to 4-2, 3-2 on the year. They will host 1-6, 1-4 MMCRU this week in their home finale.