#44 Kylo Courteau had a career high game of 108 yards on 20 carries and 2 TD’s. Photos by Chuck Rhodes
By Bruce Huber
Triton improved its record to 4-1 on Friday night when they hosted 3-1 Pine Island. The Panthers have experienced a great deal more success this year losing only to Kasson-Mantorville in the opening week of the season. The match-up of two of the three leaders in the Southern Football Alliance's White division proved to be a great contest.
The Cobras took the opening kickoff and immediately moved the chains on two consecutive carries before stalling their drive after a bad option pitch. Pine Island also matched Triton's ball movement but their drive stalled after a fake punt came up less than a yard short in Triton territory. Triton's first score of the game came with 1:02 left in the first quarter when quarterback Zach Otto hit senior receiver Alex Hoberg on a 54 yard pass down the left sideline and Stacy Jackson added the kick for the 7-0 lead. Pine Island answered 12 seconds later when the Panther sign caller Jared Lohmeyer hit his top target Ben Warneke for a 58 yard scoring strike. Warneke kicked the extra point to knot the score.
Junior running back Kylo Courteau had a career running night at the varsity level picking up 108 yards on 20 carries. Courteau scored from seven yards out with 4:31 remaining in the half to restore the Cobras seven point advantage. The Panthers answered on their next drive when Lohmeyer hit Warneke once again with 32 seconds remaining in the half to tie the score at halftime 14 all.
The second half of the game proved to be a textbook game of ground control. Pine Island received the second half kickoff and drove to just inside Triton territory before Derick Wencl tipped a Lohmeyer pass that safety Dakota Hester picked off at the 20 yard line. The Cobra offense took the ball over at the 8:15 mark of the third quarter and finally punched the ball across the goal line at the 10:53 mark of the fourth quarter. Courteau picked up his second touchdown of the evening on a two yard plunge and Jackson's kick sailed wide left to leave the Cobras vulnerable to a kicked extra point.
The Panthers would only get the ball one more possession and were forced to punt with 7:48 remaining in the game. Triton took the ball on their own nine yard line and moved the ball on the ground running a power attack. The Cobra's picked up one big first down on a fake punt in their own territory to extend the drive and were able to run out the clock to secure the win.
Triton's run defense once again proved formidable. The defense gave up 27 yards rushing on 23 carries. Bradley Meyers was the leading tackler on the defense with eight stops.
Zach Otto completed three of four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Garrett Dahms had one reception for 18 yards and Max Henderson had a catch for 10 yards.
The Cobras return home next Friday night for a Homecoming tilt with Dover Eyota. The Eagles are 0-5 on the season.