DAYTON — The Tongue River High School football team kept its season alive with a 26-20 win Friday night at Wright.
Elias Dillon-Bennett recovered the game-winning fumble in Wright’s end zone with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter and the Eagles held on for the hard-fought victory, improving to 2-4 in conference play and 3-5 overall.
Head coach Steve Hanson called it the team’s best offensive performance of the year, as Tongue River scored three touchdowns in the first half. The Eagles led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter thanks to a touchdown pass from Luke Stutzman to James Richards. Tongue River also carried a 20-14 lead into halftime after scores from Stutzman and Kyle Breen.
Wright knotted the game at 20 with 1:47 left in the third quarter. A few minutes later, quarterback pressure by Jackson Clair and Zack Schankey led to Dillon-Bennett’s fumble recovery.
Tongue River’s defense held the lead, forcing the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs multiple times in the final frame before the Eagles ran out the clock to end the game. Hanson said Dillon-Bennett and Schankey ran the ball great all night behind a strong showing by the Tongue River offensive line.
Tongue River’s season will continue if it wins a three-way coin toss in the next few days with Lusk and Wright.