Tigers post big win over Hunters

Princeton’s next test will be at Chisago Lakes:   Princeton took a 40-6 lead by halftime and rolled to a 53-22 home conference win over Duluth Denfeld, sending the Hunters to their 16th straight loss.

Senior Zach Kitzman tore away from the grasp of a Denfeld defender, then he kept rolling  on a 55-yard touchdown run. Kitzman finished with 123 rushing yards and added a 5-yard TD run Sept. 13.  Photos by Joel Stottrup

Senior Zach Kitzman tore away from the grasp of a Denfeld defender, then he kept rolling on a 55-yard touchdown run. Kitzman finished with 123 rushing yards and added a 5-yard TD run Sept. 13. Photos by Joel Stottrup

The Tigers struck quickly on their first two possessions. Wideout Tanner Palmborg got open and flew away on a 59-yard touchdown reception from Sam Archer on the team’s second play from scrimmage. The next time Princeton had the ball, Zach Kitzman took the first snap, broke a tackle and kept rolling on a 55-yard TD run for a 13-0 lead 2:04 into the game.

The Hunters answered with a 70-yard scoring run on their next play, but Billy McClay followed with three straight touchdowns to make it 33-6 Princeton. He scored on receptions of 13 and 20 yards, then he sprinted on a 42-yard TD run in the second quarter. Kitzman added his second touchdown from five yards out when the Tigers finished off an 11-play drive with 39 ticks left in the half.

The Tiger reserves got in plenty of minutes in the second half. Ryan Stichter capped a 13-play drive with a 1-yard TD run on the team’s first possession in the third. The Hunters added two touchdowns before Cody Schuelke rounded out the scoring on a 48-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Andrew Albrecht came up with this first-quarter interception, setting up another Tiger score against the Hunters.

Andrew Albrecht came up with this first-quarter interception, setting up another Tiger score against the Hunters.

Next up: This Friday, the Tigers travel to Chisago Lakes who is still undefeated this season. The Wildcats knocked off Duluth East 65-8 last Friday. QB Mitch Berg has 536 yards passing and 7 TD on the season. Halfback Joshua Parks has accumulated 391 yards and 7 TD for the Wildcats who were the Section 7AAAAA runners-up last fall.

Princeton 53, Duluth Denfeld 22

Pr Dnfld

First Downs 16 8

Rushing 45/340 39/241

Passing 13/9/1 8/2/1

Passing Yds 158 23

Total Yds 498 241

Tiger Individual Stats

Rushing: Kitzman 16/123, 2 TD; Schuelke 6/91, TD; McClay 2/47, TD; Warren 6/32; Dahlheimer 5/29; Robillard 2/6; Fulton 3/4; Stichter 3/1, TD. Passing: Archer 11/9/0- 158 yds, 3 TD; Budreau 2/0/1. Receiving: Palmborg 4/94, TD; McClay 4/53, 2 TD; Stenslie  1/9.

Mississippi 8 Football: Red Div.: Chisago Lakes 3-0; Monticello 2-1; Princeton 2-1; North Branch 0-3; Big Lake 0-3; Duluth Denfeld 0-3. Blue Div.: Cambridge-Isanti 3-0; Rogers 3-0; St. Michael-Alb. 3-0; Buffalo 1-2; St. Francis 1-2; Duluth East 0-3.

 
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