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home : sports : sports November 24, 2015

11/5/2012 8:12:00 AM
Wolverines thump Raiders, advance to State
Section football results
Section 3AA
First Round: Oct. 23
Luverne 30, St. James 0
Pipestone 37, TMB 22
JCC 67, Windom 13
Maple River 33, NRHEG 8

Semifinals: Oct. 27
Luverne 48, Pipestone 21
JCC 49, Maple River 15

Section finals: Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. at SMSU (Marshall)
JCC 35, Luverne 28

Section 5A
First Round: Oct. 23
Minneota 54, Lakeview 0
Wabasso 38, RRC 28
Dawson-Boyd 51, Ortonville 20
Canby 31, RTR 7

Semifinals: Oct. 27
Minneota 48, Wabasso 6
Dawson-Boyd 23, Canby 7

Section finals: Nov. 2, 5 p.m. at SMSU (Marshall)
Dawson-Boyd 42, Minneota 21

Section 2 Nine-Man
First Round: Oct. 23
Nicollet 63, Alden-Conger 28
Madelia 42, JWP 34
MLA 49, MSAD 6
Cleveland 47, Randolph 20

Semifinals: Oct. 27
Nicollet 33, Madelia 26
Mt. Lake Area 49, Cleveland 36

Section finals: Nov. 2, 7 p.m. at the higher seed
Mt. Lake Area 53, Nicollet 28

Section 3 Nine-Man
First Round: Oct. 23
Fulda 20, WWG 16
HBC 82, Hancock 14
Edgerton-Ellsworth 60, RCW 14

Semifinals: Oct. 27
CGB 54, Fulda 14
EE 42, HBC 0

Section finals: Nov. 2, 12 p.m. at SMSU (Marshall)
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 38, Edgerton-Ellsworth 20

Other scores of local interest
Section 2A: Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 48, New Ulm Cathedral 28
Section 3A: St. Clair 15, Adrian 12

MLA 08-16-08-21 = 53
Nicollet 00-08-08-12 = 28

In its first season playing nine-man football, the Mt. Lake Area football team advanced to the state tournament with a convincing 53-28 win Friday at Nicollet.

The second-seeded Wolverines pulled away in the second half due in large part to their ability to move the ball on the ground against a usually-stout Raider defense. Junior halfback Andrew Hempeck scored three of his four touchdowns in the second half to help the Wolverines advance to the state tournament for the first time since the 2003 season.

MLA struck first by winning the field position battle in the first quarter. A punt and a pair of sacks pinned the Raiders deep in their own end, prompting Nicollet to try a quick punt on fourth down from its own 9-yard line. The punt only moved the ball out to the 21-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Carter Kirk hooked up with Eric Wenner in the back of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown. The two-point run by Hempeck gave MLA an 8-0 lead.

Following another Raider punt, the Wolverines went 60 yards in 10 plays, capped with a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal by Hempeck. Kirk added the two-point run for a 16-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Nicollet battled back, cutting the deficit to 16-8 on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Elliott to Kenny Fischer. But the Wolverines answered right back when Kirk raced up the middle for a 24-yard touchdown run. The two-point pass from Kirk to Josiah Stoesz gave MLA a 24-8 halftime advantage.

Nicollet started the second half by gaining momentum, moving upfield through the air and eventually scoring on a 2-yard run by Elliott. The two-point pass cut the deficit to 24-16.

But after the teams traded punts, the Wolverines got the big play they were looking for when Hempeck burst through a huge hole in the defense and raced 56 yards to paydirt. The two-point run gave MLA a 32-16 lead.

Moments later, junior lineman Josh Grev sniffed out a screen pass attempt, picking the ball off and returning it to the Raider 22. Six plays later, Hempeck capped the short drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, then added the two-point run for a 40-16 Wolverine lead.

Nicollet answered moments later with a 49-yard pass from Elliott to Evan Guffey, cutting the deficit to 40-22. But after MLA pounced on an onside kick attempt, the Wolverines struck fast again. Hempeck raced 48 yards down to the Raider 3, with Kirk scoring a 3-yard touchdown run for a 46-22 lead.

MLA then got an interception from Demar Rodney - the third interception of Elliott in the game. The Wolverines cashed in the short-field opportunity with an 8-yard scoring run by Hempeck. Caleb Bargen kicked the extra point for a 53-22 lead.

Nicollet tacked on a touchdown late in the game when Elliott hit Travis Murphy for a 10-yard score, making the final score 53-28.

Hempeck finished the game with 245 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries. Kirk rushed 12 times for 53 yards and a pair of scores.

Kirk completed 8-of-14 passes for 85 yards. Wenner had three catches for 37 yards. Ryan Klassen had two receptions for 38 yards.

MLA (9-2) will open the Class Nine-Man state tournament Friday by facing Section 1 champion Grand Meadow (10-1) at 7 p.m. at Rochester Community and Technical College. Grand Meadow advanced with a 25-6 win over Spring Grove, which had given Grand Meadow its only loss during the regular season.

Next games: Check for updates after each game.
MLA: vs. Grand Meadow (at Rochester Community and Technical College), Nov. 9

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