Chad Van Kley’s Denison-Schleswig football team opened its 2019 season on Friday night with a tough 27-22 non-district loss to Harlan at Denison.
The Monarchs fell despite outgaining the Cyclones in total yards (254-193).
Each team rushed for 124 yards, while D-S had 130 yards passing and Harlan 69 yards through the air.
Harlan took the initial 7-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Johnathan Monson and a PAT kick by Matt Kloewer with 4:32 left in the first quarter.
D-S tied it at 7-7 in the second quarter after a 39-yard TD pass from Charlie Wiebers and Terrance Weah and a Kevin Corona PAT kick with 11:15 left.
That was the score at halftime.
The two teams then combined for 35 points in the second half with Harlan outscoring D-S 20-15.
D-S took the lead at 14-7 at the 9:24 mark of the third on a 60-yard TD run by Wiebers and Corona’s PAT kick.
Harlan then tied it with 1:25 left in the third behind a Monson nine-yard scoring run and Kloewer’s PAT kick.
In the fourth, Harlan then tallied 13 consecutive points to take a 27-14 lead.
Brenden Bartley scored on a six-yard run with 6:08 left and then Chase Wilwerding returned a punt 83 yards for another TD to put the Cyclones up two scores at 27-14.
On the punt return, D-S junior Beau Mohr was injured and taken off the field on a stretcher and to the hospital for observation.
According to Monarch head coach Chad Van Kley via a text on Sunday morning, Mohr suffered a neck bone bruise and concussion, but no other damage.
"A full recovery is expected, but there is no timetable on any football related activities," Van Kley said in his text.
With 2:27 left in the fourth, D-S pulled to within five at 27-22 on a 19-yard TD pass from Wiebers to Weah and a two-point conversion pass from Wiebers to Austin Korner.
After forcing Harlan to turn the ball over on downs, D-S had one last opportunity with the ball just inside its own territory with 1:41 remaining, but an interception on the first play gave the ball back to Harlan, which was able to run the clock out for the win.
"Obviously, we talked out teammate first, because that’s the most important. We’ll learn a lot more after watching film, but I think both teams know they left a lot of opportunities on the field tonight," Van Kley said.
"It was a battle against a big rival. You know, turnovers beat us tonight," added Van Kley, as the Cyclones turned an interception and a punt block into eventual TDs.
"Those are things that shouldn’t happen with the experience we have back. We knew were staring with new kickers and we’d have some growing pains and we experienced that."
"At the same time, I felt like there were a lot of positives on both sides, as Harlan is a very good football team. Once we get some things figured out, we’ll be a good football team, too," Van Kley said.
"Offensively, we just never could get into any sort of rhythm. There just weren’t a lot of seams for Weah and Wiebers run through," the Monarch boss added.
"The kids didn’t quit and battled. At the end of the game, you want a shot to tie it or win and we had that shot. That last play obviously hurt," Van Kley said.
"We had a lot of bodies banged up tonight, so we need to get healed up for next week and get ready to play a good Abraham Lincoln team," Van Kley said.
Besides Mohr, Monarch players Damien Magnuson, Nathan Gallup and Michael Madeira all left the game at different times with injuries.
Wiebers led all D-S rushers with 14 carries for 65 yards. Wiebers ran the ball 14 times for 43 yards with the one TD run of 60 yards.
Through the air, Wiebers was 9-of-22 for 130 yards with the two throws to Weah and three interception.
Weah also led the Monarchs in receiving with five catches for 72 yards.
Korner had 35 yards in receiving on two grabs.
Defensively for D-S, Korner and Elijah Rangel each had three solos and two assists. Rangel also picked off a pass.
Evan Turin and Emigdio Gutierrez each had three solos and one assist, while Damien Magnuson had three solo tackles.
Wiebers joined Rangel in having an interception for the Monarchs.
Score by Quarters
Harlan...................7 0 7 13 - 27
D-S.........................0 7 7 8 - 22
H - Johnathan Monson 1 run (Matt Kloewer kick), 4:32
D-S - Terrance Weah 39 pass from Charlie Wiebers (Kevin Corona kick), 11:15
D-S - Wiebers 60 run (Corona kick), 9:24
H - Monson 9 run (Kloewer kick), 1:25
H - Brenden Bartley 6 run (Kloewer kick), 6:08
H - Matt Wilwerding 83 punt return (kick no good), 4:45
D-S - Weah 19 pass from Wiebers (Korner two-point conversion pass from Wiebers)
First Downs: 15 13
Rushing yards: 124 124
Passing yards: 130 69
Comp-att-int: 9-22-3 7-22 2
Total yards: 254 193
Punts-avg.: 3-28.0 5-35.0
Fumbles-lost: 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards: 7-50 4-35
D-S Individual Statistics
Rushing: Terrance Weah 14-65; Charlie Wiebers 10-43, 1 TD; Wyatt Kaub 4-13; Leo Araujo 5-9; Damien Magnuson 1-3
Passing: Wiebers: 9-22, 130, 2 TDs, 3 interceptions
Receiving: Weah 5-72, 2 TDs; Korner 2-35; Rangel 1-13; Jack Mendlik 1-7; Nyamlell Wakoson 1-5
Scoring: Weah 12 points; Wiebers 6 points; Korner 2 points; Corona 2 points
Tackles: Korner 3 UA, 2 A; Rangel 3 UA, 2 A; Evan Turin 3 UA, 1 A; Emigdio Gutierrez 3 UA, 1 A; Magnuson 3 UA; Weah 2 UA, 2 A; Araujo 2 UA, 1 A
Interceptions: Wiebers 1; Rangel 1
o within five at 27-22 on a 19-yard TD pass from Wiebers to Weah and