LINCOLN-The rivalry between the Alcona and Tawas football teams is the stuff of local legend and the Tigers added another chapter on Friday, roaring ahead of the Braves 36-0 at Alcona High School
"There's a bit rivalry between us and they're an excellent team," Alcona coach Dave Schneider said. "But our defense shut them down. This is a win we've tried to get the past two seasons and finally got tonight. It feels great."
Alcona held the Braves to 161 total rushing yards and only 92 total passing yards. The Braves topped Alcona's 65 passing yards but Alcona gained 355 yards on the ground. Quarterback Cody Franklin led his team with 172 yards on 12 carries. Erik Thatcher led the Braves with 69 yards on 11 carries.
The first half started with a four-yard shutdown of Tawas and Alcona's first offensive play of the game found Franklin running 64 yards down the field to score the first touchdown of the night. Nathan Fettes added a two-point conversion to put Alcona ahead 8-0.
The Braves mounted some successful drives but had five fumbles in the first half, two of which were recovered by Alcona. The Tigers suffered three fumbles of their own during the first half, two of which Tawas recovered.
Beyond the fumbles, the rest of the first half was a series of stalled offensive drives on both sides. Tawas scored on a 15-yard run from Thatcher. However the touchdown was brought back on a Tawas holding penalty.
The Braves' defense held strong and stopped Alcona time and time again, but Alcona was solid defensively as well stopping Tawas near the end zone at the end of the first half.
Schneider singled out his defense as doing an excellent job.
"The whole defensive team did excellent and that stop at the first half was big," Schneider said. "The momentum could have been completely different coming in tied."
Alcona showed off a tweaked offensive approach when Garette Norling scored a touchdown about three minutes into the third quarter.
Norling had 104 running yards, 16 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Norling recovered a fumble on Tawas' next drive and scored five minutes later on an eight-yard pass from Franklin to put Alcona ahead 22-0.
Alcona continued to dominate Tawas the rest of the game. Franklin scored Alcona's next two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, running for a 26-yard touchdown and a 62-yard touchdown.
Tawas put up a solid drive at the very end of the game and came within 15 yards of scoring but couldn't find the endzone.
In spite of scoring heavily, Schneider had nothing but praise for Tawas.
"Huge credit should go to the Tawas kids and their coaching staff," he said. "They never stopped playing hard and they never gave up. The players have a lot of talent and a lot of heart. They won't be down long. Credits to the coaches for keeping their spirit up. Coach Webb did an awesome job. The officials also did a fair job officiating a game with such a huge rivalry."
Alcona travels to Whittemore-Prescott next Friday.