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November 20, 2019

11/1/2019 4:15:00 PM
Wolverines punch ticket to state for third straight year
Section Football Results and Schedule
Section 3AA
First Round: Oct. 22
LCWM 38, Windom 0
TMB 36, St. James 21

Semifinals: Oct. 26
Redwood Valley 43, LCWM 19
Pipestone 39, TMB 14

Finals: Nov. 1, at SMSU (Marshall)
Pipestone 26, Redwood Valley 21

Section 2 Nine-Man
First Round: Oct. 22
RCW 49, Cedar Mountain 6
RRC 27, SESM 6
Ogilvie 42, Onamia 0
Nicollet 28, BLHS 12

Semifinals: Oct. 26
RCW 40, RRC 14
Nicollet 34, Ogilvie 8

Finals: Oct. 31 at Waconia H.S.
RCW 28, Nicollet 14

Section 3 9-Man
First Round: Oct. 22
MLA 54, WWG 12
HLOF 32, Madelia 25
HBC 72, Lyle-Pacelli 30
GHECT 32, Edgerton 28

Semifinals: Oct. 26
MLA 56, HLOF 20

Finals: Nov. 1 at SMSU (Marshall)
MLA 28, HBC 6

HBC 00-00-00-06 = 06
MLA 00-08-12-08 = 28

The Mt. Lake Area football team bent but didn't break Friday afternoon, capturing its third straight Section 3 Nine-Man championship with a 28-6 victory over Hills-Beaver Creek, in a game played at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

The Wolverine defense fought off three HBC drives into the red zone in the first three quarters, with the Patriots coming away empty-handed each time.

The game started with each team being forced to punt after going three-and-out. Hills-Beaver Creek put together the first solid march of the game, marching 55 yards in 10 plays. But on fourth-and-6 from the MLA 13, quarterback Gavin Wysong was sacked by Adam Karschnik, giving MLA the ball on downs.

The Wolverines took advantage, marching 83 yards in 13 plays. On second-and-7 from the HBC 16, quarterback Abe Stoesz dropped back to pass, but saw green turf in front of him, racing 16 yards for the touchdown. Stoesz added the two-point conversion, giving the Wolverines an 8-0 lead with 10:08 left in the first half.

The Wolverines forced a three-and-out, but were eventually turned away on an incomplete pass on fourth down at the HBC 38 late in the first half. The Patriots tried to move quickly upfield, but on the final play of the first half Wysong's pass into the end zone was intercepted by Stoesz, preserving an 8-0 Wolverine halftime lead.

Both teams then caught breaks early in the first half. The Wolverines fumbled on the third play of the second half, with HBC recovering. MLA's defense eventually forced a punt, which the Patriot punter shanked out of bounds, gaining only three yards on the kick.

That set up a 52-yard, five play drive for the Wolverines. A 27-yard pass completion from Stoesz to Karschnik set up a 9-yard touchdown dash and dive by Stoesz into the end zone, giving the Wolverines a 14-0 lead.

MLA forced HBC into a three-and-out on its next possession, with the Wolverines recording the backbreaker on the first play after taking over on their own 21. A bad snap was scooped up by Stoesz, who scrambled to his left, broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage, then broke another tackle in the open field before racing 79 yards for a touchdown. That gave MLA a 20-0 lead with 3:13 to go in the third quarter.

The Patriots tried to answer, moving quickly into scoring position. A 28-yard pass completion to Jax Wysong and an 11-yard Tyson Bork run gave HBC first-and-goal from the MLA 8. The Patriots got down to the 3 before a false start penalty forced fourth-and-goal from the 8, and an incomplete pass turned the ball over on downs.

MLA then put an exclamation point on the game, moving 92 yards in 13 plays. A 46-yard completion from Stoesz to Brett Willaby set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Micah Holmberg. Willaby added the two-point conversion, giving the Wolverines a 28-0 lead with 3:28 to go in the game.

The Patriots quickly moved downfield, scoring on a 17-yard run from Bork with 1:18 left on the clock, but the Wolverines were able to kneel out the clock, securing their third straight trip to the state tournament.

Stoesz led MLA on the ground with 187 yards rushing on 24 carries. Mace Herrig added 60 yards on 13 carries.

Stoesz completed 3-of-6 passes for 83 yards. Willaby had two receptions for 56 yards.

Bork led HBC with 115 yards rushing on 18 carries. Wysong rushed 19 times for 51 yards.

Wysong completed 8-of-14 passes for 89 yards. Jax Wysong had five receptions for 66 yards.

MLA will face the Section 1 champion on Nov. 8 at Wescott Field in Austin, beginning at 7 p.m. The Section 1 Nine-Man championship will be played later tonight in Austin, as second-seeded Grand Meadow faces fifth-seeded Houston.

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