WEBSTER – Flandreau snapped a 32-game losing streak with a 12-6 defeat of Webster Area on Friday night.
The Bearcats opened the scoring with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The Fliers were sparked by Tathan Headrick’s big defensive play in the second. He returned a fumble 98 yards to paydirt to knot the score at 6-all.
Tanner Christenson hooked up with Mario Bonilla for a 49-yard score in the fourth quarter to lift Flandreau.
“It was great to get that first win on the season,” said Flandreau coach Derek Genzlinger. “Our defense played lights out all night – forcing turnovers, scoring TDs and really winning us the game. Webster scored a defensive TD so our defense shut them out.”
“We really struggled offensively all night moving the ball and with penalties. Going into the second half, we told the guys to not give up the good play because we knew they couldn’t sustain a whole drive the way we were playing so it really turned into a field position game in the second half for us, and eventually our guys made the plays in the fourth quarter to win.”
“The close loss last week obviously still hurts, but I think that is also the reason we won this game. We dominated the fourth quarter and learned from last week’s mistakes. I’m really proud of these guys, it wasn’t pretty but not all of them can be, we found a way.”
Flandreau fell 28-21 to Beresford in its home finale the prior week.
The Fliers outgained the Bearcats 194-169 in total yards of offense.
Christenson was 5-of-14 for 93 yards with the TD and two INTs.
Bonilla had two receptions for 56 yards and Tash Lunday added a pair for 31.
Headrick ran for 59 yards and Ethan Hoffman added 28.
Headrick recorded eight tackles. Lunday made four stops, including a sack, picked off a pass, recovered a fumble and blocked a PAT kick.
Christenson logged five tackles. Hoffman added four stops and Brady Johnson (sack) three.
Flandreau’s last win was a 9-7 defeat of Beresford on Oct. 14, 2016.
The Fliers (1-6) close out the season at Elk Point-Jefferson on Friday.