#3 Howard escapes late comeback attempt from Chester; wins 49-28

Howard and Chester started and finished off with a flurry of touchdowns in a 49-28 victory for the #3 ranked Tigers Friday night. A combined 11 touchdowns were scored between the two teams but the Tigers defense won the turnover the battle to pull away late against the Flyers. Quarterback Mitch Kramer led Howard’s offense down the field in the opening series and capped off the drive with a 14 yard touchdown pass to Tate Schwader for an 8-0 lead.

Chester responded right back with a 50 yard touchdown run to cut the deficit down to 8-7. The Flyers then picked up a Howard fumble on the next drive and Devin Lohr scored from 6 yards out for a brief 14-8 lead. Howard’s offense would then take over before halftime with 3 straight rushing touchdowns from Michael Hofer. He found the end-zone on runs of 12 yards and twice on 5 yards for a 28-14 Tiger lead at the half.

The lone score from the 3rd came off Howard’s 5 yard scamper from Gavin Reisdorfer to reach a 34-14 advantage. Chester did not go away and kept their offense moving cutting the deficit down with back to back touchdowns early in the 4th. Lohr and Devin Eppard had rushing scores. After a pair of unsuccessful onside kicks, Howard added insurance with a 21 yard rushing score from Zach Pardy and Gavin Reisdorfer ran 47 yards to seal the 49-28 win.

Michael Hofer also added an interception and fumble recovery defensively for the Tigers, who improve to 6-1 on the year. Howard faces Viborg-Hurley in their regular season finale. Chester falls to 2-5 on the year with Menno/Marion at home next week.