The Spencer Tigers handed the Sheldon Orab football team their first loss of the season 42-20 Friday night in Spencer. The Tigers ranked 4th in the latest Radio Iowa 3A poll scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead with :50 seconds to play in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Matt Finnern did the bulk of the damage with touchdown runs of 22, 60 and 24 yards.
A Cody Mowery 14 yard run capped an 82 yard drive to give the tigers a 28-0 halftime lead that would hold up through a scoreless third quarter.
Sheldon scored 20 points in the fourth quarter beginning with a fumble recovery at their own 41 yard line and a 59 yard drive capped by a 34 yard Matt Buenger touchdown run. The extra point was no good and Sheldon had cut the lead to 28-6 with 1:53 to play.
Spencer answered with a 64 yard touchdown run by Hunter Cushman. Mark Malm added his fifth extra point of the night and the lead was 35-6 with 8:49 to go.
Sheldon responded with an 82 yard drive that ended when Buenger scored from a yard out. The two point attempt was no good and the Spencer lead was 35-12 with 3:19 to play.
On the ensuing kick off Darin Greenfield knocked the return man off the football and the Orabs had the ball at the Spencer 26 yard line. They made quick work of the short field as Hunter McDonald scored from a yard out. Buenger scored on the two point conversion and the Tigers lead was cut to 35-20 with 2:20 to play.
With reserves in the game Spencer scored the final touchdown of the night on a 69 yard John Greer touchdown run. Cameron Geyer added the extra point to make the final score 42-20.
With the win Spencer stands at 2-0 while the Orabs are 1-1 with the district opener coming up next Friday night at Orab Field against the visiting Unity Knights.