Sergeant Bluff-Luton scored first then responded when needed to keep the Spencer Tigers at bay Friday night, winning the District 1 game 24-20.
With the win, Sergeant Bluff stays atop the district standings at 3-0 (6-1 overall). Spencer falls to 2-1 in district play and 5-2 overall.
The Warriors struck first on a 57-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Daniel Wright to senior Conner Groves with 3:03 left in the first quarter.
Wright finished the game completing 10 of 18 pass attempts for 152 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers picked him off twice.
The Tigers scored at the 10:05 mark in the second quarter on a 15-yard run by Isaiah Spencer, tying the game 7-7.
The junior back had another big game for the Tigers. He finished with 25 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He later added a touchdown reception.
Isaiah Spencer has yet to be held under 100 yards on the ground in a game this season. He’s the first to reach 100 yards or more rushing against Sergeant Bluff-Luton this season.
But the Warriors responded immediately when senior Britton Delperdang broke off a 59-yard touchdown run. With the PAT, Sergeant Bluff-Luton went up 14-7.
Delperdang, hands down the star of the game, showed why he’s so widely recognized as one of the best backs in all of Class 3A. He consistently came through in the clutch for the Warriors.
Delperdang finished with 41 carries for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He added a catch for 21 yards.
Later in the quarter, Isaiah Spencer recorded his second rushing touchdown, this one a 45-yard run. The PAT tied the game, 14-14, with 3:45 remaining in the first half.
The Warriors responded again, though.
On a 3rd and goal from the 12 yard line, Delperdang burst into the end zone for his second score with just over a minute to go in the half.
Spencer was then unable to score, leaving the field for the halftime break down 21-14.
The Tigers defense put on a defensive showcase in the second half. Neither team scored in the third quarter.
Spencer bent only slightly in the fourth quarter, allowing a field goal with 10:22 left in the game, which put the Warriors ahead 24-14.
Three Tigers defenders finished tied for a team-high 10.5 total tackles: juniors Griffin Garnatz and Isaac Pingle, and senior Chase Hough. Freshman Karter Petzenhauser had eight total tackles.
Griffin Garnatz, Kyle Morony and Michael Storey each had an interception.
SBL’s defense also proved tough in the second half.
The Tigers’ only score came with 3:27 left to play on a 22-yard pass from Gage Garnatz to Isaiah Spencer.
Garnatz finished the game with two completions on 10 attempts, one touchdown and one interception. SBL pressured him consistently, sacking him four times.
After the touchdown, the Tigers attempted an onside kick, but the Warriors recovered.
From there, SBL ran out the clock.
This week, Spencer heads to Le Mars to face a Bulldogs team that’s 0-3 in district and 3-4 overall.