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Football: ACGC remains unbeaten

NEW ULM -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City got all the scoring it needed in the first half to beat New Ulm 21-7 in a non-conference football clash Thursday.

The Falcons posted a quick 15 points in the first quarter and added another touchdown in the second, then depended on its defense in the second half.

ACGC's offense held the ball for 14 minutes on two scoring drives. The first was an eight-play, 65-yard drive on the Falcons' first possession that ended with Eric Peterson's 19 yard touchdown pass from Dominic Hopp. ACGC converted three fourth downs during the drive and Micah Nordin's two-point conversion made the score 8-0.

The defense chipped in at the end of the quarter with a 70-yard interception return by lineman Jared Peterson.

The Falcons' final score was after a six-minute grinder in the second quarter, capped by Nic Leither's one-yard run.

The defense turned up the heat in the second half, forcing three turnovers and giving the offense possession in New Ulm territory, but the offense couldn't cash in.

The Falcons recorded only 195 yards of total offense. Nordin led the team with 39 yards rushing.

Defensively, Josh Cunningham and Justin Schroeder picked off New Ulm passes. Nic and Matt Leither recovered fumbles.

ACGC 21, New Ulm 7

ACGC (4-0) 15 6 0 0 -- 21

New Ulm (0-4) 0 0 0 7 -- 7

ACGC - Eric Peterson 19 pass from Dominic Hopp (Micah Nordin run)

ACGC -Jared Peterson 70 INT return (Kyle Johnson kick)

ACGC - Nic Leither 1 run (run failed)

NU - Joey Carda 83 pass from Nate Van Roekel (Van Roekel kick)

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

Team statistics

First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 55-128 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 7-10-67-1 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 8-65

Individual statistics

Rushing: Micah Nordin 16-39, Nic Leither 12-29, Kent Whitcomb 5-16, Pat Miller 6-28, Vance Martin 3-13 .... Passing: Dominic Hopp 3-5-55-1, Justin Schroeder 2-2-12-0, Nordin 1-1-20-0, Damien Zeska 0-1-0-0 .... Receiving: Eric Peterson 3-50, Micah Nordin 1-5, Ryne Bergstrom 1-11, Josh Cunningham 1-1 .... Punting: Eric Peterson 4-28 .... Interceptions: Jared Peterson, Josh Cunningham, Justin Schroeder .... Fumble recoveries: Nic Leither, Matt Leither .... Tackles (solo-assist): not available ... QB sacks: not available

New Ulm

Team statistics

First downs: 7 ... Rushing: 21-45 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-28-173-3 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 1-10

Individual statistics

Rushing: Joey Carda 10-28, Nate Van Roekel 8-9, Matt Penkert 3-8 .... Passing: Nate Van Roekel 7-27-167-3 .... Receiving: Joey Carda 1-83, Phil Dirlim 1-47, John Suess 4-26 .... Punting: Nate Van Roekel 4-36.5 .... Interceptions: 1 .... Fumble recoveries: 1 .... Tackles (solo-assist): not availalbe ... QB sacks: not available

NEXT -- ACGC: Sept. 30 at BOLD