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Bergeson, Montevideo outlast Albany 56-49

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ALBANY -- Montevideo senior quarterback Brett Bergeson completed 25 of 39 passes for 523 yards and six touchdowns to lead Montevideo past Albany 59-46 Friday in a matchup of previously unbeaten West Central North Conference teams.

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Albany, ranked second in Class AAA, rushed 58 times for 405 yards and overcame an early 21-0 deficit to take a 49-28 lead with 11:08 to go.

But unranked Montevideo scored four touchdowns in the final 9:24, including a 3-yard TD run by Jake Douglas with 52.8 seconds left to put Montevideo up 56-49.

Bergeson's favorite target was Colton Vien. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound wide receiver caught nine passes for 144 yards and four touchdowns. Joe Bednar had seven catches for 221 yards for the Thunder Hawks, who accumulated 655 yards on offense, running 79 plays.

"Their great group of kids," T-Hawks coach Dave Vik said of his team. "I don't want to say we were surprised by what happened, but what's amazing is that the score was 49-28 with about 9-1/2 minutes to go. That's what's the most pleasing, their perseverance."

"It was a game of huge momentum swings," said Albany head coach Mike Kleinschmidt, whose team scored 28 second-quarter points to lead 28-21 at halftime. "We got into a big hole early.

"I'm proud of the way the kids fought back. They got the momentum back late. It was almost like the last team to have the ball would win."

Montevideo 56, Albany 49

Monte (3-0, 4-0) 21 0 7 28 -- 56

Albany (1-1, 3-) 0 28 14 7 -- 49

Monte - Colton Vien 36 pass from Brett Bergeson (Derek Rodeberg kick)

Monte - Vien 5 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick)

Monte - Vien 4 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick)

Alb - Tony Harlander 8 run (kick failed)

Alb - Harlander 1 run (Dylan Shay pass from Harlander)

Alb - Aaron Eiynck 7 run (Scott Litchy kick)

Alb - Eiynck 20 run (Litchy kick)

Monte - Jake Douglas 17 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick)

Alb - Eiynck 2 run (kick blocked)

Alb - Travis Sand 31 run (Harlander run)

Alb - Jeremy Klein 15 run (Litchy kick)

Monte - Vien 21 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick)

Monte - Kyle TeBeest 31 pass from Bergeson (Rodeberg kick)

Monte - TeBeest 49 pass from Bergeson (pass failed)

Monte - Douglas 3 run (Vien pass from Bergeson)

Montevideo

Team statistics

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Individual statistics

Rushing: Douglas 26-132, Joe Bednar 2-12, Phillip Ward 2-2, Bergeson 10-(-14) ... Passing: Bergeson 25-39-0 523 ... Receiving: Vien 9-144, Bednar 7-221, Ward 5-38, TeBeest 4-55, Douglas 2-25

Albany

Statistics not available

Individual statistics

Rushing: Sand 17-182, Eiynck 15-121, Zach Paggen 15-54, Harlander 10-33, Klein 1-15 ... Passing: Harlander 3-9-1 58 ... Receiving: Zach Raeker 1-36, Dylan Shay 1-27, Sand 1-(-5)

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