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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Page 9 I After a slow start in the first quarter the Chargers reeled off three touch- downs in the second stanza and cruised to an easy victory By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- It took the Chargers a full quarter to get their offense rolling, but once they got it going they never looked back. In the first quarter the Charger defense sty- mied the Mustangs On their first drive forcing a punt. Taking over on their own 38, the Chargers moved the ball down the field into Mustang territory. A Charger fumble at the Mustang's 14 was recov- ered by the Mustangs. Then the Charger defense forced the Mustangs to punt after holding them deep in their own territo- ry. After a shanked punt by the Stangs the Chargers were unable to score after starting at the Mustang 25 and turned the ball over on downs. After taking the ball over at their own 20, the Mustangs marched down the field but fumbled at the 22 of the Chargers with Andy Merrick cover- ing the fumble. The Chargers quickly moved the ball to mid- field as the quarter came to a close. The Chargers opened the second quar- ter with a 7 yard gain by Jake Comnick. Then Dana Madson broke free on a 35 yard dash scoring for the Chargers first touchdown. John Elzenga threw a strike to Nick Lehnhoff for the two point conversion putting the Chargers up 8-0 with 11:47 to play in the half. The Charger defense stopped the Mustangs cold when defensive end Shane Buchman picked off a Mustang pass at the Mustang's 40 and returned it to the Mustang's 20. Two plays later after a 15 yard pen- alty pushed the Chargers back to the 20, Jake Comnick dashed into the end zone with 8:06 to play. Elzenga and Lehnhoff again connected for the two point conver- sion putting the Chargers up 16-0. After a short kickoff the Charger defense arose to the occasion and forced the Mustangs to punt. After an 8 yard return by Andy Merrick the Chargers quickly moved inside Mustang territory. On the next play coach Carter Ross pulled a gad- get play out of his bag, completely catching the Mustangs off guard. Elzenga pitched the ball to Comnick who threw a pass to tight end Aaron Hass who scored easily on the play. The two point conversion pass failed but the Chargers boosted their score to 22-0. The Chargers took that score Charger Dana Madson had a full head of steam on this touch- down run last Friday night against GHECML. into the half time break. Merrick started the Chargers off in the sec- ond half with a nice 20 yard kickoff return. Madson and Comnick teamed up to get the Chargers inside Mustang ground. Then Elzenga hooked up with Lehnhoff for a big gainer down to the Mustang's 7 yard line. On the next play Comnick crashed into the end zone for his second TD of the night. The two point run attempt failed but the Chargers upped the score to 28-0. On the next Mustang possession, the Chargers -- after picking up a timely sack, forced anoth- er Mustang punt. On the next series it looked as though the Chargers would have to punt, but punter Jake Comnick pulled the ball down and picked up the first down to keep the drive alive. After the Chargers were flagged for holding Elzenga found Lehnhoff on a 20 yard ariel setting up a 5 yard touchdown run by Comnick with 3:31 left in the period. The two point conversion failed, but the Chargers upped their lead to 34 zip. Early in the fourth quarter Andy Merrick capped the scoring for the Chargers with a 72 yard run down the side line to score. The two point attempt failed but the Chargers upped their lead to 40-0. Later in the quarter the Mustangs posted their only score of the night with Mustang quarterback Josh Johanson scoring on a 3 yard keeper. The Mustangs also converted for two points, making the final score 40-8. Passing the Chargers - Elzenga was 5 of 9 good for 63 yards and 2 extra points; Rushing Comnick piled up a season high of 182 yards on 19 attempts and 3 TD's; Madson had 11 totes for 108 yards and a TD; Merrick had 3 car- ries for 81 yards and a TD. Receiving - Lehnhoff had 5 catches for 63 yards; Hass had one catch for 36 yards and a TD. Kickoff returns - Merrick had 1 for 20 yards; Tyson Berg had 1 for 12 yards. Punt returns- Merrick had 1 for 20 yards; Comnick had 1 for 22 yards. Defense - Madson had 12 tackles and 1 fumble recovery; Levi Bunting had 11 tackles and i sack; Derick Ourada had 9 tackles and a sack; Merrick had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery; Matt Otto had 6 tackles; Comnick had 5 tackles; Tyler Schoborg and Logan Weis each had 3 tackles; Shane Buchman had 1 interception. The Chargers will travel to Cleveland for their next game. inel WHIZ WALKER SEZ . . . Wow, I am impressed overall, you guys and gals did really well for the first week of the contest. WWG Charger coach Carter Ross took the top spot with 18 right. However he was tied with Kristi Butler who also had 18 right. But he won this week on the tie breaker. There were three with 17 and 4 with 16 so we are off to a good start. Also if you missed the first week please don't let that deter you from trying for the weekly prize. Which is $10.00 cash and as Yogi would say that's just like money! How about them Gophers, they won one they should have won. The Vikes managed to play a really good first half again. The potential is there but they really need to get their stuff together! Whiz Leaders: Kristi Butler 18 Carter Ross 18 Mark Evers 17 Greg Hansen 17 Josh Kottke 17 RULES OF THE GAME- To enter just fill in the circle of the winning teaml for each game on the official blank below and put down the scores for the "Special Game" only, listed at the bottom. You may bring your entry to the Westbrook Sentinel office or Oleson's Mercantile (Variety Store), before closing time on Friday after- noon or you may mail it to Sentinel Tribune, Box 98, Westbrook, MN 56183, before the post office closes on Friday afternoon. Entries must have a Fridav date stamned on the envelope by the Post Office. Because of our Monday deadline, entries mailed on time, but not delivered by the post office until Tuesday, will NOT be eligible for the weekly prize, but will be included for the overall standings. All eligible entries will be judged by members of the newspaper staff and decisions of the judges is final. In case of ties, drawings will determine the winner. Contest is open to everyone except employees of Sentinel Tribune, and their immediate families. Entries will receive one point for each correct game, including the Special Game which will also be used as a tie breaker. 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