Plovers Pound Gators

J. P. Richardson hits Brandon Moyer for 74 yards late in the second quarter

Mobridge (Mother Earth News): Another Saturday night came, another Saturday night went, and another Freaking Plover victory is inscribed in the record books. North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) treated 49,998 thrilled fans at John Reid Field at Cold War Memorial Stadium to a 49-14 whipping of the University of Florida Gators.

The Plovers started briskly, taking the opening kick and marching 75 yards for the score, capped by a 4-yard dive by fullback J. R. Sparks.  On their first possession the Gators showed that they came to play with an 82-yard drive of their own.

The teams traded scores in the second quarter but a missed extra point gave the Gators a 14-13 lead until lightning struck.  With a mere 38 seconds left before intermission, J. P. Richardson found Brandon Moyer wide open for a 74-yard touchdown.

The second half would be all Norcentral’s.  The defense found the formula to stop the Gators while the offense scored at will.

The highlight of the game came early in the fourth quarter.  Fullback J. R. Sparks carried the ball off right tackle and appeared to be stuffed at the line by the Gators.  Somehow, he slipped away and turned it into a 67-yard score.

At this point the Plover reserves entered the game for mop up duty.  Apparently, quarterback Dan Tyson didn’t get the message, tossing 2 long touchdown strikes to Brett Ford to close out the game at 49-14.

Once again, Plover Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life), Gomer S. Blake was extremely pleased with his team’s performance.  “How about J. R.’s run in the fourth quarter?  Wow, that was indomitable.  Let’s win!”, he bellowed.  “And for those crybabies inferring that I am running up the score I say shut the cluck up.  Let’s win!  I expect all my players to give 100 ascent all the time and to compete for starting positions.  Let’s win!”

The Plovers get a week off before returning to action, hosting LSU on October 21.

J. R. Sparks breaks free for a 67 yard TD trot
Box Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Gators 7 7 0 0 14
Plovers 7 12 8 22 49
How They Scored:
1st  Quarter 2:13 TD Plovers: J. Sparks  4 yd run (B. Todd kick)
1:12 TD Gators:  M. Morgan 11 yd pass from J. Smith (M. Smith kick)
2nd Quarter 3:40 TD Plovers: B. Moyer 22 yd pass from J, Richardson (Kick failed)
0:51 TD Gators:  J. Simmons 4 yd pass from J. Smith (M. Smith kick)
0:38 TD Plovers: B. Moyer 74 yd pass from J. Richardson (Run failed)
3rd Quarter 1:32 TD Plovers: L. Cook  1 yd run (2 pt)
4th Quarter 4:48 TD Plovers: J. Sparks  67 yd run (2 pt)
1:57 TD Plovers: B. Ford 51 yd pass from D. Tyson(B. Todd kick)
0:51 TD Plovers: B. Ford 60 yd pass from D. Tyson(B. Todd kick)
Gators Stats: Plovers
12 First Downs 17
311 Total Offense 509
6-11-0 Rushes-Yds-TD 29-234-3
25-38-2 Comp-Att-TD 11-15-4
300 Passing Yards 275
2-7 3rd Down Conv 2-3
0-1 4th Down Conv 1-1
3-2-0 Red Zone-TD-FG 2-2-0
0 Fumbles Lost 0
1 Intercepted 1
4-51 Punts-Avg 0-0
8:00 T.O.P 12:00
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