When the section seeding comes out, a four versus five match-up is expected to be a close game between relatively evenly matched teams. If the St. Cloud Tech Tigers have an even match in Section 8 AAAAA, it certainly was not the Buffalo Bison, their opponent on Tuesday night.
On a beautiful late fall evening in St. Cloud, the Tigers gave the Bison defense all it could handle…then threw some more on top, just to be sure. At the final siren (that’s right, Clark Field has a siren to announce the end of a quarter) the Tech Tigers had accumulated 199 yards rushing, 164 yards passing, five touchdowns and a field goal. All of that added up to a 38-12 victory that pushed Buffalo in to the winter sports season. Not that the Tiger offense was the only one that had success.
The Tigers played what head coach Gregg Martig describes as “bend but don’t break,” defense. The Bison had several promising drives stall at or around midfield. Buffalo finished the night with 170 yards on the ground and another 127 through the air. Unfortunately for the Bison faithful, both Buffalo touchdowns came in the fourth quarter with the game all but decided.
Combined the two teams had all of one three-and-out drive, and that was on a Buffalo possession late in the first quarter. Neither was dominant, but the Tech defense was good enough to get the job done when it counted most.
Tech was led on offense by two seniors, running back Taylor Ford and quarterback Tye Dill. Ford plowed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on only 19 carries, and Dill was 7 of 13 for 164 yards and a touchdown adding another score on a one yard run.
The Bison were led by junior Jake Duskee (15 carries, 77 yards) and senior Josh Ortmann (11-20, 127 yards, 1 INT).
From here the Tigers will travel to Brainerd for a rematch of week 1, which Tech won 28-7. Buffalo closes the 2006 season with a record of 3-6.