Tigers hang on by a claw

Tiger Evan Sikorski was on the receiving end of a Kayden Rossow touchdown pass.

The Webster Tiger's went on the road last Friday September 3rd to play the Prentice/Rib Lake Buccaneers to open conference play.  The Buccaneers started their season 1 and 0 on the season having beat Kingdom Prep Lutheran 12-0 to open their season. Their game last Friday against Northern Pines was canceled, so they had two weeks to prepare for Webster. The Tigers were coming into last Friday's game with a 1- 1 record. They won last Friday, 28-6 over Clear Lake at home. The Prentice/Rib Lake game turned out to be an old school, low scoring defensive battle. There was a light mist of rain that came down throughout most of the game so it made the field a little slick at times.  

In the first quarter, Prentice/Rib Lake scored on their opening drive. As they neared the goal line, a player fumbled the ball into the end zone with one of the Prentice/Rib Lake players jumping on it for the touchdown giving them a 6-0 lead over the Tigers. The 2-point conversion failed. 

The score remained 6-0 to until the middle of the second quarter, when Webster scored their only touchdown on the night when Kayden Rossow threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Evan Sikorski, tying the game at 6-6. Sikorski was about 20 yards down field when he caught Rossow's throw, and then scampered to the left pylon to score as he was being brought down. Webster was successful on the 2-point conversion on a Gavin Rossow run up the middle to give Webster an 8-6 lead that they took to halftime.   

For the 3rd and 4th quarters the game was a defensive battle that came right down to the very last seconds. On the very last Prentice/Rib Lake drive they made things very interesting, having the ball on the Webster 25 yard-line, they attempted two plays of their own to score but on second down Webster came away with a sack to stop them on the play, then on the very last play of the game the quarterback barely escaped the outstretched hands of Sikorski to heave up a pass as time expired that ended up bouncing off of the hands of one of the Prentice/Rib Lake receivers, preserving the 8-6 Webster lead and the win.  

Webster has now won their last two games and are now 2-1 on the season. 

“The defense struggled pretty early in the game, but we made some adjustments and played great the rest of the way,” Webster senior Brady Madsen said.     

Offensive notables for Webster were Kayden Rossow, who was 3 for 7 with 48 yards passing, with the one touchdown and one interception. Rushing leaders for Webster were Gavin Rossow with 81 yards on 19 carries and the  one 2-point conversion. Sawyer Winkler added 15 yards of his own. Tiger receiving leaders were Gage Rossow with one catch for 8 yards and Evan Sikorski with the one big catch for the 40-yard touchdown. On Defense, Kayden and Gavin Rossow each had 9 tackles while Gage Rossow had 8.  

Webster is on the road again next Friday, Sept. 10 to take on the Unity Eagles.