A late fourth quarter interception by the Mustangs put all hopes of a third straight victory for the Fliers to rest as Tri-Valley narrowly defeated Flandreau, 22-14, last Friday night on the Mustang’s home turf.
The two rival schools have had a past filled with tough battles and last Friday was no different. Tri-Valley jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to a six-yard touchdown by Nick Buchmann midway through the first quarter – the Mustang kicker proceeded to miss the extra point.
Flandreau answered back shortly after the turn of the second quarter. Alex Bakkedahl took it in from five yards out but Tri-Valley managed to get a hand on the extra point, leaving the game tied, 6-6, at halftime.
Buchmann was at it again in the third quarter for Tri-Valley, this time he took it in from 10-yards out and the Mustangs were able to convert the two-point conversion to take a 14-6 lead.
They held that lead the entire third quarter but Flandreau put a nice drive together early in the fourth to tie the game. Quarterback Jace Christainsen took this one by himself, a three-yard scamper that got him in the end zone. The Fliers converted on the two-point conversion with Christiansen finding Guy Zephier in the back of the end zone to tie the game 14-14 with 10:09 left in the game,
But the Mustangs were not done scoring. A few possessions later, Buchmann found pay dirt for a third time – this time a 20 yard run to give the Mustangs a late 22-14 lead after the two point conversion late in the fourth.
The Fliers drove the field with only a few minutes remaining but an interception deep in Tri-Valley territory allowed the Mustangs to run out the remaining time on the clock and take the victory.
Christiansen led the Fliers on offense with 65 yards on 4-10 passing, while also compiling 96 yards on the ground on 15 carries. Bakkedahl finished with 61 yards on 16 carries, while Geno Burshiem picked up 51 yards on two receptions.
Bobby Johanson led the Fliers with 12 tackles. Zephier finished with nine total tackles and Christiansen finished with eight total tackles and an interception.
The Mustangs finished the game with 302 yards of rushing on 56 attempts while going 0-4 passing with an interception.
The loss drops the Fliers record to 2-3 on the season and they will travel to Vermillion to take on the Tanagers. The game will start at 7:30 instead of the normal time of 7:00.