The Tri-State Buffalos turned their first official outing into a memorable experience Saturday in Le Center.
Playing their first game as an member of the Southern Plains Football League, the Buffalos turned in a stunning performance by routing Minnesota River Valley Shock 35-0 in the opening contest for both teams.
T-S took command of the game by scoring 19 unanswered points in the first half and added 16 more points in the second half to complete the victory.
Tate Bork, a current Hills-Beaver Creek High School senior, gave the Buffalos a 12-0 lead by registering 33- and 12-yard touchdown runs in the first and second quarter.
H-BC graduate Jordan Larson scored on a seven-yard run and Javier Lopez added his first of two extra points to make it a 19-0 game before the first half was complete.
Larson registered his second rushing touchdown of the game, an eight-yard scamper, before tossing a successful conversion pass to H-BC graduate Lyle DeBoer in the third quarter to give the Buffalos a 27-0 advantage.
Jordan Schroeder recorded a safety and the Buffalos registered a team safety in the game’s fourth quarter that also feature Lopez booting a 27-yard field goal.
The Buffalos host the Steel County Warriors to open their home schedule May 11.
Rushing: Larson 11-37, Bork 5-21, Alex Touple 5-20, Cody Reckamp 6-4, DeBoer 4-1.
Passing: Larson 4-10 for 110 yards.
Receiving: Seth Nuffer 2-79, Taylor Reese 1-9, Tyler Jacobson 1-22.
Defensive leaders: Taylor Leuthold eight tackles, Schroeder seven tackles, one sack and one forces fumble, Taylor Schellum six tackle, one sack and one fumble recovery, Brad Bentle one sack, Bryant Schroeder one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, Jason Brown one interception.