GRANADA - Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman football mentor Lee Dallager literally weathered the longest halftime of his prep coaching career this weekend.
After building a 14-6 lead over Alden-Conger by intermission Friday night, Dallager, his Jaguar players and the visiting Knights exited the Granada gridiron between 8:30-9 p.m. due to lightning.
Fifteen hours later, quarterback Josh Wolter snuck across the goal line from 1 yard out to generate the only points of the second half on Saturday morning to cap GHEC/Truman's 20-6 Southern Confederacy Conference triumph over Alden-Conger.
MAINTAINING BALANCE — Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman quarterback Josh Wolter (2) maintains his balance while getting tackled by Alden-Conger linebacker Wyatt Ladwig during Southern Confederacy Conference football action Saturday in Granada. The Jaguars’ Ryan Shumski (right), along with the Knights’ Trevor Kluender (81) and Jacob Wallin (75), watch the action. (Photo Courtesy of Sue Petrowiak)
"It's definitely the first time that I've ever been able to eat breakfast during halftime," Dallager said jokingly.
"Unfortunately, between the opening kickoff (Friday night) and this morning, (running back) Jared Green tweaked his high ankle sprain and wasn't able to go," Dallager added.
Green did, however, produce 52 yards on 11 carries during his limited stint on the field Friday night, including a 4-yard scoring run that snapped a 6-all tie in the second quarter.
Quarterback Josh Wolter, who rushed for the important 2-point conversion after Green's TD, accounted for GHEC/Truman's first points on Friday night by firing a 19-yard scoring strike to receiver Josh Johanson during the first quarter.
Alden-Conger then knotted the game at 6-all later in the opening segment when running back Matt Erickson broke loose for a 55-yard scoring run.
Johanson then weaved and sprinted his way for a 56-yard run to reach the Knights' 11 just before halftime, but unfortunately for the Jaguars, the long gain did not lead to any points.
The next morning, however, GHEC/Truman nose guard Jared Wander, along with ends Ryan Shumski and Logan Pytleski, provided the pivotal third-quarter defensive stand to slam the brakes on Alden-Conger's early march downfield.
Wander and Shumski combined on a sack of Knight quarterback Brady Neel for a 2-yard loss during the visitors' first possession of the second half, but the junior signal-caller responded by completing an 8-yard strike to slotback Wyatt Ladwig to near midfield.
Shumski then delivered a sack for a 6-yard loss five snaps later before Pytleski's end rush dropped Erickson for a 2-yard loss off an option toss to force a Knight punt.
Jake Wolter, who produced a game-best 125 yards on 15 carries, later left Alden-Conger defenders grasping at air after slicing, juking and slipstreaming his way for back-to-back runs of 26 and 24 yards to reach the Knights' 48.
Running back C.J. Hodge later pounded out a 7-yard gain, Josh Wolter reeled off six more to reach the 5 before Hodge cut the distance in half as the third quarter expired.
The Wolter brothers then covered the final 3 yards, with Jake Wolter reaching the 6-inch mark on a run up the middle before Josh Wolter notched the official 1-yard TD on a keeper with 11:23 left in regulation.
Pytleski delivered a sack for a 7-yard loss during Alden-Conger's ensuing offensive series to create a punting situation, while the Knights later countered when Neel scooped up a Jaguar fumble.
Jake Wolter also produced a fumble recovery for the Jaguars during Friday night's first-half action.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman (5-1, 3-0 Southern Confederacy) squares off against Nine-Man Section 2 and conference rival - No. 7-ranked Nicollet (6-0) - at 7 p.m. Friday night in Granada.
Alden-Con 6 0 0 0 - 6
GHEC/Tru 6 8 0 6 - 20
GHEC/TRU - Josh Johanson 19 pass from Josh Wolter (kick failed).
AC - Matt Erickson 55 run (pass failed).
GHEC/TRU - Jared Green 4 run (Josh Wolter run).
GHEC/TRU - Josh Wolter 1 run (run failed).
Offense: Rushing: Jake Wolter 15-125, Jared Green 11-52, C.J. Hodge 10-30. Passing: Josh Wolter 2-9-0-44.
Defense: Fumble recoveries: Jake Wolter (GHEC/T), Brady Neel (AC).