Tigers open with win at Mora

Tiger D-lineman Nolan Hansen (49) and linebacker Josh Osborn force a fumble on a sack of the Mustang QB, forcing a punt in the second quarter of the Aug. 30 conference game at Mora. Photos by Greg Hunt

THURSDAY SPORTS: Princeton began the 2012 Granite Ridge Football season with a 20-0 half-time lead over host Mora, then the Tigers held tough to post a 34-28 victory. The win snaps Princeton’s 22-game loss streak which dated back to the 2009 season.

SR quarterback Zack Ludwig connected with Billy McClay on a 4th-and-5, 14-yard touchdown pass on Princeton’s first drive of the season. The Tiger defense smothered the Mustangs in the first half (-6 rushing yards, 3 net passing yards) and forced four punts. Ludwig later found Cole Warren in the flats for a 2-yard scoring pass to make it 12-0. Then in the two-minute offense, Ludwig hit Warren again for a 26-yard scoring play with 1:17 left in the half. Ludwig’s 2-point run made it 20-0.

Mora woke up with several big plays to make it a game in the second half, starting with a 40-yard ‘pick-six’ by linebacker Max Anderson. The Tigers answered with a solid 7-minute, 67-yard drive capped by a 2-yard Warren run for a 28-7 score.

Princeton SR quarterback Zack Ludwig passed for 127 yards and 3 touchdowns, and added 101 rushing yards, including a 48-yard TD run which proved to the game-winner early in the fourth quarter.

Mora’s Derek Graves next caught a 34-yard TD pass from Justin Mantel, but Princeton quickly made it 34-15 when Ludwig burst on a 48-yard TD run. The Mustangs kept coming, however, adding a 69-yard scoring sprint from Greg Chmiel and a 22-yard Graves’ TD reception which cut the lead to 34-28 with 2:22 to play. The Tigers were able to wear the clock down to :39 before punting away, then the defense stopped the Mustangs one last time to preserve the victory.

GRC Football Scores from Aug. 30:  Becker 61, Milaca 6.  GRC Games on Friday, Aug. 31: Foley at International Falls • Zimmerman at Albany • St. Cloud  Cathedral at Holdingford • Little Falls at Hutchinson.

Cambridge-Isanti 5, Princeton Girls Tennis 2

The Tiger girls got wins from MaryClaire Mayerchak at 1st Singles (6-0, 6-0) and Bri Dorr at 3rd Singles (6-2,6-2), but the host Bluejackets swept the Doubles matches to claim the non-conference win Aug. 30. Jenna Doyle at 2nd Singles, Becca Trunk at 4th Singles and the 2nd Doubles duo of Hannah Wheeler & Courtney Stith all pushed their C-I foes to three sets.

SR co-captain Taylor Hall tore into a forehand while playing at 1st Doubles for the Tigers at Cambridge Aug. 30. Photo by Greg Hunt

Princeton Volleyball 3, St. Louis Park 1

Princeton defeated the  host Orioles in the Aug. 30 volleyball season-opener in four games: 10-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22.


Tiger Boys Cross Country wins own invite

SR Ryan Yonak ran to a 1st-place 17:45 time over the 5K route, leading the Princeton boys CC team to a victory in their own invite hosted Aug. 30 at Fairway Shores GC. Brian Kunz (18:12) and Jack Sinkel (18:40) placed 4th and 5th in the varsity win.

SOPH Shaelin Lekatz, running in her first CC race, won the girls varsity division by covering the 4K in 16:54.  The Tiger girls placed 3rd at the invite behind Spectrum and United North Central.