Musser powers Jaguars to football victory over Nicollet
TRUMAN — Quarterback Kaiden Musser generated a game-best 171 passing yards and rushed for 64 more yards and three touchdowns to engineer the Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars’ 24-8 district football triumph over the Nicollet Raiders on Friday night.
Musser opened the first-period scoring by scrambling 15 yards for a TD and a 6-0 lead before the Jaguars’ and Raiders’ defenses did not allow a point during the second frame.
Musser delivered a 10-yard scoring run during the third quarter before he zipped a 2-point conversion pass to Adam Heckman to widen the home team’s margin to 14-0.
Nicollet answered when Colton Thomsen completed a 62-yard scoring strike to Conner Martens. Owen Warmington ran for the 2-point conversion to slice the Raiders’ deficit to 14-8 in the third frame.
Caleb Benes then produced a quarterback sack in the end zone to generate a 2-point safety later in the third to double the Jaguars’ advantage to 16-8.
Musser put the finishing touches on the victory by crossing the goal line from 2 yards out for his third TD. Musser then hit Matthew Steuber with a 2-point pass for a 24-8 lead in the third.
Running back Kayden Loeschen rushed for a game-best 121 yards on 24 totes for the Jaguars, while Steuber garnered six catches for 64 yards. Heckman, Jacob Moeller and Hunter Grathwohl each made three receptions for 59, 25 and 13 yards, respectively, for the home team.
GHEC/Truman (1-2) travels to Fulda on Friday night for a 7 p.m. game against Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda.
Nicollet 0 0 8 0 — 8
GHEC/TRU 6 0 18 0 — 24
GHECT–Kaiden Musser 15 run (pass failed).
GHECT–Musser 10 run (Adam Heckman pass from Musser).
NIC–Conner Martens 62 pass from Colton Thomsen (Owen Warmington run).
GHECT–Caleb Benes sack in end zone.
GHECT–Musser 9 run (Matthew Steuber pass from Musser).