Riley Meirick tries to stiff-arm his way out of a tackle. Meirick picked up 19 yards running the ball Friday. Check out more photos from Friday night’s action at Decorah Newspapers Sports Section on Facebook. (Photo by Rick Fromm)
Riley Meirick tries to stiff-arm his way out of a tackle. Meirick picked up 19 yards running the ball Friday. Check out more photos from Friday night’s action at Decorah Newspapers Sports Section on Facebook. (Photo by Rick Fromm)

After staying with Sumner-Fred (1-0) throughout the first half, the Turkey Valley football team (0-1) couldn't keep pace in the second, falling 33-20 in the first game of the season Friday in Jackson Junction.

The two teams were tied at 20 at the halftime break.



One big mistake

The Cougars broke through first. In the first quarter, quarterback Matt Carter found Jalen Tranberger open for the 75-yard touchdown pass. The point-after attempt failed, giving the Cougars a 6-0 lead.

The Trojans didn't let the initial score rattle them. Instead, they drove down the field, capping it with a 12-yard run by quarterback Ryan Busta. The two-point pass missed the mark, tying the game at 6-all.

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