By PATRICK SLACK
After being shut out in the first half, the Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) offense exploded for 22 points in the second half to defeat reigning Prairie Conference South champion Browerville 22-15, Friday.
The host Tigers seized the early momentum with a first-quarter touchdown and two-point conversion to build an 8-0 lead they would take into halftime.
But a turnaround up front by the Patriots’ offensive and defensive lines led to a change in the tide of the game, USA head coach Jay Loven said.
Senior Eric Frieler put USA on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, cutting Browerville’s lead to 8-6, but the Tigers pushed their lead to two possessions at 15-6 with a score and extra point.
USA narrowed the gap to one later in the third quarter, when junior running back Mitch Lange scored the first of his two touchdowns from three yards out, followed by a two-point conversion from senior Colten Kruzel.
With the lead trimmed to 15-14, Lange broke free for a 45-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, capped by a two-point effort from Frieler to seal the win.
Lange was the top ball carrier for USA, rushing for 139 yards on 20 carries and Frieler completed 5-of-11 passes for 63 yards.
Senior Garrett Wolf caught two passes for 23 yards and senior Austin Mollner made a 27-yard reception.
On defense, Lange had seven tackles, six assists and an interception and seniors Alec Griffith and Andy Nelson each contributed six tackles.
Upsala-Swanville Area 22, Browerville 15
Upsala-Swanville Area 0 0 14 8 – 22
Browerville 8 0 7 0 – 15
BROW: Browerville TD (2 pt Good)
USA: Eric Frieler 1 run (2 pt failed)
BROW: Browerville TD (kick good)
USA: Mitch Lange 3 run (Colten Kruzel 2 pt)
USA: Lange 45 run (Eric Frieler 2 pt)
USA—Rushing: Mitch Lange: 20-139. Passing: Eric Frieler, 5-11, 63. Receiving: Garrett Wolf, 2-23; Colten Kruzel, 2-13; Austin Mollner, 1-27. Defense: Mitch Lange, 7 tackles, 6 assists, 1 interception; Alec Griffith, 6 tackles, 4 assists, 1 sack; Andy Nelson, 6 tackles, 1 assist.