HEADING TO THE GOAL LINE for one of his five touchdowns is senior Elijah Cloos (5) as the Trojans defeated the Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles, 50-47 to cap off Homecoming week. Cloos had nine catches for 275 yards. Looking on is teammate Matthew Wellendorf (55). Ortonville will travel to Dawson to face the Blackjacks Wednesday, Oct. 18, starting at 7 p.m. in their final regular season game.

Trojans come from behind in a wild finish to defeat LqPV

It was a successful Homecoming for the Ortonville Trojan football team Friday, Oct. 13, as they came from behind to defeat the Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles, 50-47.

This was an offense show for both teams on the night. The Trojans started the scoring at 11:15 of the first quarter when Trojan quarterback Tyson Powell connected with Elijah Cloos for a 53 yard touchdown pass. The extra point from Pete Treinen was good to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.

With 2:16 to play in the quarter, Eagle running back Peyton Mortenson scored on a 10 yard run. The extra point was good to tie the game at seven.

Ortonville then took the ball and  marched down field with Powell connecting with Cloos on a five yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left in the quarter. The extra point was good to give the Trojans a 14-7 lead.

Lac qui Parle Valley put a nice drive together to start the second quarter and with 9:50 to play, Mortenson scored on a six yard run. The extra point was good to tie the game at 14.

The Trojans passing game was clicking all night. On their next drive, Powell connected with passes to Cloos and Nate Strong which set up Powell’s two yard run with 7:29 to play. The extra point was good to give the Trojans a 21-14 lead.

The rest of the second quarter was all Eagles. Mortenson scored three times including a 75 yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Eagles took a 34-21 lead at halftime.

Things did not start well in the third quarter for the Trojans, as Mortenson of the Eagles scored on a 14 yard run at 6:43. The extra point was good as the Eagles led 41-21.

Ortonville got right back in the game on their next two possessions. Powell connected with Cloos on a 19 yard touchdown pass with 5:51 to play in the third quarter. The extra point by Treinen was good. Then at 2:47, Powell hit Cloos for a 68 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good and the Eagle lead was cut to 41-35.

Lac qui Parle Valley did not waste any time moving down field. Mortenson scored his seventh touchdown of the night on a one yard run with 1:07 to play in the quarter. The extra point was no good to give the Eagles a 47-35 lead.

The fourth quarter was all Ortonville as their defense was able to get some stops and the offense continued to roll.

With 10:38 to play, Cloos on a halfback pass, connected with Peter Treinen for a 20 yard score. The extra point from Treinen was good to cut the Eagle lead to 47-42.

After the defense held the Eagles, the Trojans at 6:20 of the quarter struck again when Powell hit Cloos for a 59 yard touchdown pass. This time the Trojans went for the two point conversion which was good to give Ortonville the lead, 50-47.

The Eagles had one last chance late in the game, but with fourth down and seven yards to go, the Trojans defense held and Ortonville went on to win the game.

“We had a great crowd that night and the fans gave the team energy to overcome a 20 point deficit to pull off the win,” said Coach Bob Ross. “I am very proud of the team to continue to battle and work as a family the entire game.”

Quarterback Tyson Powell had a big night passing, connecting on 19 of 27 passes for 424 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 20 times for 85 yards and one touchdown.

Elijah Cloos had a huge night catching nine passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns. Nate Strong had a good game with six catches for 113 yards, Peter Treinen had two catches for 44 yards and a touchdown and Jesse Anderson had two catches for 19 yards.

Defensively, the team was led by Matthew Wellendorf with 11 tackles. Cloos, Anderson and Jacob Hoernemann each had nine tackles, Powell had seven, Strong with four, Leo Zepeda and Mike Goble each with three, and Treinen, Dexter Tweeter and Ben Eustice each had two tackles.

The Trojans (4-3) will travel to Dawson Wednesday, Oct. 18, to face the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks (6-1). Coach Ross stated that they will need to keep that momentum going.

“We have a lot of work to do defensively to improve stopping the run,” said Ross. “We had a lot of mental mistakes early on but were able to come together despite the adversity and pull off the win. We will need to play well on both sides of the ball this week.”

The game will start at 7 p.m. This is the final game of the regular season. Playoffs will start next week with seedings being released later this week.

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