Aitkin at Mora
Two costly 2nd half turnovers put the Gobblers hopes of a victory away with Mora defeating Aitkin 28-16 Thursday night.
The tone was set right from the beginning with the opening drive as the Mustang jumped out in with Kobe Swanson’s 46 yard touchdown run, capped with Caleb Anderson running in the 2-point attempt for a 8-0 lead. Mora went up 16-0 with Ben Wright’s 2 yard run with 3:15 left in the first half. Aitkin jump started their offense with the remaining time left to score Caiden Kjelstrom’s 10 yard touchdown pass to Joey Simonson on a 4th and 7 play with 19 seconds. Jake Ince recovered a fumble with 13 seconds left by the Gobblers went into the locker room down 16-8.
Aitkin got the ball to start the 2nd half with took only 2 minutes to score off a big Owen Miller kickoff return that was cemented with Hunter Nissen’s 17 yard run to tie the game at 16-16. After Aitkin’s defense forced a punt, Mora was able to recover a muffed punt, which was them turned into point on Nick Nelson’s 3 yard run, followed by a incomplete two-point attempt pass for 22-16 lead. The ensuing kick-off was a squib kick recovered by the Mustangs and was then converted for a Caleb Anderson 2 yard touchdown run and the final score of 28-16.
Aitkin falls to 2-1 on the season with Moose Lake/Willow River coming to Aitkin for Homecoming on October 30th. Mora is now 3-0 and will hit the road to face Esko on October 30th.
Aitkin Stats: (190 total yard; 7 first downs; 2 penalties; 1 fumble recovery)
Rushing (134 yards): Owen Miller 9 rush, 50 yards; Austin Price 9 rush, 48 yards; Hunter Nissen 1 rush, 17 yards, TD; Caiden Kjelstrom 1 rush, 16 yards; Jake Ince 1 rush, 3 yard
Passing (56 yards): Caiden Kjelstrom 4-8, 56 yards, TD; Owen Miller 0-1
Receiving (56 yards): Jake Ince 2 rec, 22 yards; Joey Simonson 1 rec, 10 yards, TD; Hunter Nissen 1 rec, 24 yards
Mora Stats: (260 yards; 15 first downs, 1 penalty; 3 fumble recoveries)
Rushing (260 yards): Nick Nelson 18 rush, 81 yards; Kobe Swanson 10 rush, 79 yards, TD; Ben Wright 18 rush, 55 yards; Caleb Anderson 9 rush, 45 yards
Passing (0 yards): Caleb Anderson 0-2, 0 yards
Receiving (0 yards):