The Howard football team keeps rollings along. The Tigers whipped the Hanson Beavers 38-8 on Friday in Howard's homecoming contest as the Tigers stay unbeaten.
Howard got on the board first. Gunner Gilbertson scored on a two-yard run in the opening period and Luke Loudenburg added the two-point conversion as the Tigers led 8-0.
Gilbertson tossed a 25-yard scoring strike to Tanner Henkel in the second quarter; with the two-point conversion by Jordan Kuhle, the Tigers enjoyed a 16-0 advantage.
Hanson scored its only touchdown in the second period. Jarrod Zens hooked up with Jacob Paradeis for a 54-yard scoring strike. Paradeis added the two-point conversion run and the Tigers trailed 16-8.
Loudenburg broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown run; with the two-point conversion by Kuhle, the Tigers held a 24-8 lead at halftime.
Neither team could punch the ball into the end zone in the third period.
Howard added two more touchdowns in the final period. Gilbertson scored on a two-yard run, and Gilbertson passed to Kuhle for the two-point conversion.
Luke Loudenburg finished the scoring with a three-yard run to make the final score read 38-8.
"The guys played great," said Howard Coach Pat Ruml. "We controlled the line of scrimmage and cleaned up some things from last week."
Gilbertson was 2-of-4 passing for 34 yards. Henkel caught one pass for 25 yards.
Loudenburg finished the game with 224 yards rushing on 23 attempts. Kuhle had 93 yards on 11 carries.
Zens completed 6-of-11 passes for 110 yards. Paradeis caught two passes for 75 yards.
Mason Mayer had 40 yards rushing on 12 attempts.
"I was very pleased with our defensive effort, only allowing them 76 yards rushing," Ruml said.
Bailey Neises had 14 tackles for the Tigers while Kuhle and Kaleb Haas each had 12 tackles.
Paradeis had 12 tackles for the Beavers.
"We ended up with 4-of-5 two-point conversions, which was something we pointed out in film last week about the importance of them. We played inspired, hard-nosed football, which is how a team should play in its homecoming game," Ruml said. "Again, it was a total team effort this week, but we definitely need to keep improving a little each week in certain areas."
Howard (5-0 for the season) will go to Armour on Friday to face the Tripp-Delmont-Armour Nighthawks at 7 p.m.