Imperials Fall To State’s Second Ranked Team

September 12, 2023

The Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter Imperials played host to the second ranked team in the state in Class B 9-man football, the New Salem-Almont Holsteins. In Friday, Sept. 8 action in Napoleon, the hometown Imperials put up a good fight before falling 22-52.

The Holsteins started at midfield on their first drive and hit pay dirt after 6 plays when Alex Brandt scampered in for a 17-yard TD. The attempted PAT through the air came up short as NGS trailed 0-6 at the 9:03 mark in the first quarter.

The Imperial offense then started on their own 35-yard line and four plays later they turned the ball over as senior quarterback Joren Jangula was intercepted by Brandt on the 47-yard line. The Holsteins then put together a 10-play drive which culminated with junior quarterback Landon Tellmann calling his own number for a 1-yard scoring plunge. Tellmann found Wyatt Kuhn through the air for the PAT, as NSA led 0-14 with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter.

The Imperials once again set up shop on their own 35-yard line and five plays later, with one play carrying over to the second quarter, the Imperials turned the ball over on downs at midfield. On the very next play from scrimmage, QB Tellman was intercepted by Imperial senior Trevor Moos on the 25-yard line with 11:50 to play in the half. Imperial head coach Kelly McCleary and his squad put together an 8-play scoring drive which started with Moos breaking loose on the outside for a 55-yard gain. The drive was sealed when NGS QB Jangula powered his way in for a 4-yard score. The attempted PAT through the air came up short, as NGS was on the board, trailing 6-14.

The Holsteins then wasted little time, as two plays later Brock Norton had a. . .