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Thunder gives up late score, falls 16-13

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder football team played with a lot of heart and pride on Saturday afternoon at Rol Bromberg Field in Cloquet. The game against Minnesota State Community and Technical College of Fergus Falls was p...

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The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder football team played with a lot of heart and pride on Saturday afternoon at Rol Bromberg Field in Cloquet. The game against Minnesota State Community and Technical College of Fergus Falls was played in alternating pouring rain and sparkling sunshine. In the end, a Trent Graves 24-yard-touchdown pass to Jarvis Greenhill gave the Spartans a 16-13 come-from-behind win.

The game opened with an explosion as the Spartans connected on a Graves-to-Garin Gardner 44-yard completion, putting Fergus Falls on the Thunder goal line just minutes into the game.

However, the Thunder defense held the Spartans to just a field goal from Porfio Diaz to make it 3-0.

Following the field goal, the Thunder marched 65 yards on seven plays and scored when running back Jayquan Gandy scored on a 3-yard plunge. The extra point kick by former Cloquet High School player Ryan Defoe, however, sailed wide as the Thunder took a 6-3 lead.

The game remained 6-3 at halftime, but the Spartans scored on the opening play of the second half when Graves hit Gardner on a 50-yard play action pass for a touchdown. Diaz kicked the extra point making it 10-6 in favor of Fergus Falls.

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The Thunder then put together a 55-yard touchdown drive that included an acrobatic 32-yard catch by Keith Lofgren and a touchdown pass to Marshall Little. That gave FDLTCC a 13-10 lead after the extra point kick by Defoe with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Over the next quarter and a half the Thunder defense was put in tough position after tough position. They managed to stifle the Spartans and keep them off the board until Graves found Greenhill for the final 24-yard touchdown pass with just 2:12 remaining in regulation. The Thunder blocked the extra point kick, giving the Spartans a 16-13 lead.

The Thunder fell to 0-2 on the season and will play at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington this Saturday.

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