Last second kick lifts Maple River over NYA

Lincoln Arndt grinding out some hard earned yards. Photo by Kim Walters.

By Joe Steck – Mankato Times

NORWOOD-YOUNG AMERICA, MINN. — The Maple River High School football team pulled off a last second victory on Friday, defeating Norwood-Young America 19-16 on the road.

Nathan Moore earned the nickname “The Iceman” his sophomore year when he kicked a game winning 32 yard field goal with 13.8 seconds left in the game to defeat Kenyon-Wanamingo 17-14 in the section 2AA semifinals in 2015. 

The Raiders found out Friday night that the nickname was given for a reason, as the Iceman drilled a 32 yarder to tie the game with 1:30 left in the game, and then with 10 seconds left in the game and no time outs, Moore kicked a 37 yard field goal to lift the Eagles to victory.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 4-1 while the Raiders fall to 3-2. The Eagles will play New Richland-H-E-G H.S on the road this Friday with a 7:00 pm scheduled start.

About the game

The Eagles put the first points on the board in the 1st quarter when Moore connected with senior Ethan Sindelir for a 13 yard touchdown. Moore kicked the extra point and the Maple River led 7-0 with 4:05 left in the quarter.

The Raiders quickly struck back with quarterback Cade Zellmann connecting with Tim Wolf for a 74 yard score. Wolf ran in the 2-point conversion and the Raiders were up 8-7 with 3:04 left in the quarter.

The Eagles scored with 5:59 left in the 2nd quarter when Moore connected with Sindelir for an 11 yard touchdown. The Raiders stopped the Eagles 2-point conversion attempt and the score stayed 13-8 into the half.

Norwood-Young America went up 16-13 in the 3rd quarter when Wolf ran in from 14 yards out. Zellmann connected with Wolf for the 2-point conversion.

Wolf was a handful for the Eagles, rushing 21 times for 109 yards and catching 3 passes for 95 yards and Zellmann completed 5 of 10 passes for 124 yards

Maple River put together a long drive that stalled on the 23 yard line and Moore stepped up to nail a 32 yarder with 1:30 left in the game to tie the game at 16-16.

On the Raiders next possession, the Eagles made three great plays in a row with back to back sacks by Connor Thorn and Sindlier. The Eagles then stopped a running play and called time out leaving the Raiders with 4th and 29.

The Eagles sent everything at the punter, who shanked the kick leaving Maple River with the ball at the 28 yard line and no timeouts.

Enter the Iceman – Moore lined up from 37 yards out and drove the ball through the uprights for the 19-16 victory.

“This was a storybook ending. After Moore tied the game we were planning to go into overtime,” said assistant coach Dusty Drager “After we stopped them and took over the ball, we didn’t have any timeouts left and there was no way we could run a play, so we sent the Iceman out on the field. What a great way to end the game.”

Maple River had a total of 230 yards on 51 plays with 49 passing yards and 181 yards on the ground.

“We usually have 60 offensive plays per game and were held to just over 50. We only had three offensive plays in the 3rd quarter which is not normal for our team.” Said Coach Drager “We were an evenly matched team and this ended up being a really good game and a nice road win.”

Moore had a nice game for the Eagles, besides his 2 field goals, he completed 7 of 13 passes for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 98 yards to lead the team. Sindelir made his catches count, bringing down 2 catches for 24 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Eagles held the Raiders to 282 yards on 50 plays.

Logan Ziegler led the team with 10 tackles followed by Tyler Maas with 6.5 and Connor Thorn with 6.

BOX SCORE

Team                                       1 2 3 4 T

Maple River                            7 6 0 6 19

Norwood- Young America     8 0 8 0 16

Offense

Passing: Nathan Moore 7 of 13, 49 yards, 2 TD

Rushing: Nathan Moore 15 for 98 yards; Lincoln Arndt 15 for 39 yards; Hunter Pederson 4 for 25 yards; Logan Ziegler 2 for 12 yards; Cody Walters 2 for 7 yards.

Receiving: Ethan Sindelir 2 for 24 yards, 2 TD; Lincoln Arndt 4 for 18 yards; Cody Walters 1 for 7 yards.

Defense

Logan Ziegler 8 solo, 4 assists; Tyler Maas 4 solo, 5 assists; Connor Thon 4 solo, 4 assists; Hunter Pederson 4 solo, 1 assist; Wyatt Simon 3 solo, 3 assists; Nathan Moore 3 solo, 1 assist; Lincoln Arndt 2 solo, 2 assist; Bill Karels 2 solo, 2 assists; Ethan Sindelir 1 solo, 4 assists; Stephen Dobie 2 solo, Cody Walters 1 solo.

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