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BOLD 23, Benson 20

OLIVIA -- The 9-0 BOLD Warriors needed Nick Kubesh's 25-yard field goal on the final play of the game to stave off upset-minded Benson 23-20 in the Section 5AA semifinals Saturday.

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BOLD couldn't stop the Braves' passing attack, as quarterback Matt Ahrndt threw for three touchdowns in the first three quarters and 157 yards overall.

The Warriors scored on short runs by Chaz Roush and Trent Athmann in the second quarter, and quarterback Tyler Rock ran in a 26-yard score to give BOLD a 20-12 lead in the third.

Benson (4-6) tied it up at 20 with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Ahrndt to Landon Mitteness going into the game's final quarter.

The fourth quarter was scoreless until BOLD made it to field goal range on its final drive, setting up Kubesh's game-winning kick.

Roush, the area's leading rusher, paced the Warriors with 159 yards and a touchdown on the ground, accounting for nearly half of his team's 346 rushing yards.

Rock ran for 89 yards and a TD on 17 carries while passing for 32.

BOLD will face Minnewaska in the Section 5AA title game 7 p.m. Friday at Morris.

BOLD 23, Benson 20

Benson (4-6) 6 0 14 0 -- 20

BOLD (9-0) 0 14 6 3 -- 23

Ben - Colin Ose 15 pass from Matt Ahrndt (pass fail)

BOLD - Chaz Roush 8 run (Nick Kubesh kick)

BOLD - Trent Athmann 5 run (Kubesh kick)

Ben - Brody Gimberlin 13 pass from Ahrndt (pass fail)

BOLD - Tyler Rock 26 run (kick fail)

Ben - Landon Mitteness 33 pass from Ahrndt (Gimberlin pass from Ahrndt)

BOLD - Kubesh 25 field goal

Benson

Team statistics

First downs: 8 ... Rushing: 24-69 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 11-18-157-0 ... Fumbles lost: 1... Penalties: 5-23

Individual statistics

Rushing: Matt Ahrndt 21-74, Morgan Staton 1-2 ... Passing: Ahrndt 11-18-157-0 ... Receiving: Colin Ose 5-47, Landon Mitteness 2-65, Dan Lee 2-19, Tyler Krienke 1-13, Brody Gimberlin 1-13 ... Punting: Ose 4-26.3 ... Interceptions: Gimberlin 58 return ... Fumble recoveries: Ose, Jake Schwendemann ... Tackles (solo-assist): Ahrndt 6-9, Schwendemann 6-9, Tyler Krienke 3-10, Tyler Jensen 2-9, Cody Buenaventura 5-4, Colin Ose 1-8, Hayden Lee 0-7, Austin Norby 1-5, Chad Schwarz 0-5, Gimberlin 3-10, Jacob Goff 1-2, Brady McDonald 0-3, Dan Lee 0-3, Ryan Hampton 0-2, Tanner Mikkelson 0-2 ... QB sacks: none

BOLD

Team statistics

First downs: 14 ... Rushing: 54-343 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 4-7-32-1 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 6-42

Individual statistics

Rushing: Chaz Roush 20-156, Tyler Seehusen 14-83, Tyler Rock 17-92, Trent Athmann 3-12 ... Passing: Rock 4-7-32-1 ... Receiving: Athmann 2-17, Seehusen 2-15 ... Punting: Nick Kubesh 1-47.0 ... Interceptions: none ... Fumble recoveries: Cole Mertens ... Tackles (solo-assist): Seehusen 2-6, Rock 3-2, Ben Steffel 1-4, Alex Hatch 2-3, Lucas Wertish 2-3, Sawyer Tersteeg 2-2, Logan Sandgren 2-1, Mertens 1-3, Jayson Rothmeier 0-3, Trevor Nissen 1-3 ... QB sacks: Lucas Wertish 1, Seehusen 1

New London-Spicer 19, Litchfield 6

NEW LONDON -- Running back Austin Stone might think of taking his offensive line out for pizza -- if he hasn't already.

Stone dented the Litchfield defense for 174 yards and a touchdown helping New London-Spicer dump Litchfield from the playoffs 19-6 on Saturday night.

The win puts the Wildcats into the Section 6AAA championship game versus Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 5:45 p.m. Friday in St. Cloud at Husky Stadium.

Stone, a powerful 190-pound senior with excellent speed, eclipsed the 1,000-yard career milestone on 37 blue-collar carries, a 4.8 average.

Litchfield's defense allowed yardage grudgingly but the Cats' offensive front was in charge. NLS coach Dan Essler singled out the play of linemen Zach Steffl, Andy McDonnell, Lee Schroder, Luke Magnuson, Andrew Clancy and Nick LaPatka for praise.

While the running game plugged away, quarterback Ryan Vraa threw scoring passes of 22 yards to Aaron Ruter in the first quarter and a 7-yard touch pass to Trent Boie in the corner of the end zone in the third.

A Litchfield field goal try on the Dragons opening possession was blocked by Adam Essler, who also forced a fumble to end a late scoring threat.

Litchfield quarterback Zach Kinny was under heavy pressure all evening. He completed 8 of 24 for 99 yards. Many throws were on target but into heavy coverage and well-defended.

Davan Schlieman rushed for 100 yards for the Dragons, who lost to their Wright County Conference foe for the second time.

The Cats' tackle chart was led by linebackers Mitch Omen and Reid Johnson with 8 stops each.

Kinny's short pass to Dylan Koll made the score 19-6 with 4:37 left in the third. Kinny, a three-year starter at QB, tried to rally his team repeatedly but the NLS defense was too tough. A late drive ended at midfield on a sack by Ben Beuning.

NL-Spicer 19, Litchfield 6

Litchfield (4-6) 0 0 6 0 -- 6

N. London-Sp. (6-4) 13 0 0 6 -- 19

NLS - Aaron Ruter 22 pass from Ryan Vraa (Dalton Johnson kick)

NLS - Austin Stone 7 run (kick fail)

NLS --Trent Boie 7 pass from Vraa (run fail)

Lit - Dylan Koll 3 pass from Zach Kinny 3 (pass fail)

Litchfield

Team statistics

First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 27-169 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-24-99-0 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 7-49

Individual statistics

Rushing: Devan Schliemann 9-100, Eddie Estrada 2-15, Zach Kinny 6-19, Chad Johnson 3-10, Dylan Koll 3-6, Cody Rau 1-6, Andrew Schneider 3-13 ... Passing: Kinny 8-24-99-0 ... Receiving: Rau 4-61, Koll 3-27, Joel Madsen 1-11 ... Punting: Joel Madsen 2-29.0 ... Interceptions: Joel Madsen 2-29.0

New London-Spicer

Team statistics

First downs: 21 ... Rushing: 52-212 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 7-16-111-0 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 8-61

Individual statistics

Rushing: Austin Stone 37-176, Adam Essler 4-5, Grant Vagle 1-1, Ryan Vraa 7-16, Jarrett Hatlestad 1-9, Ben Beuning 2-5 ... Passing: Vraa 6-15-97-0 ... Receiving: Shane Zylstra 1-12, Aaron Ruter 2-48, Beuning 1-4, Vraa 1-14, Hatlestad 1-28, Trent Boie 1-5 ... Punting: Aaron Ruter 2-36.0 ... Interceptions: Ruter ... Fumble recoveries: Logan Brink ... Tackles (solo-assist): Reid Johnson 6-2, Mitch Oman 5-3, Dalton Johnson 4-3, Zach Steffl 3-2, Beuning 2-4, Vagle 3-0, Essler 3-0, Nick Bergeson 2-2, Corbin Schwartz 2-2, Joey Drier 1-1, Logan Brink 1-1, Chris Nelson 1-1 ... QB sacks: Beuning ... Blocked kick: Essler

Minnewaska 28, Paynesville 14

GLENWOOD -- A rejuvenated Minnewaska football team played solid, clutch defense and rolled up enough points to pull away from Paynesville, 28-14, in a Section 5AA semifinal game on Saturday.

The Lakers won their sixth-straight game after opening the season 0-4, and that came on the heels of an 0-9 record last season.

The Lakers now are a game from the state tournament. They play West Central Conference foe BOLD (9-0) at 7 p.m, Friday in Morris. The Warriors escaped with a 23-20 win over Benson on Saturday, thanks to a last-second field goal.

The Lakers defense, led by star linebacker Nathan Snider, twice held Paynesville scores after the Bulldogs drove into the red zone.

After that, the Bulldogs had trouble sustaining any offense. Snider led the Lakers with 12 total tackles and he also forced a fumble and broke up a pass.

Offensively, the Lakers ran for just 116 yards but put up three rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Austin Ostrander hit 9 of 16 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.

The Lakers built a 28-0 lead but had its shutout ruined when the Bulldogs managed a couple of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.

Paynesville senior Nathan Meyer, one of the area's top backs, ended his high school career with 193 yards and a score on 27 carries.

Minnewaska 28, Paynesville 14

Paynesville (5-5) 0 0 0 14 -- 14

Minnewaska (6-4) 13 0 9 6 -- 28

M - Sam Long 11 run (Anderson kick)

M - Jake Amundson 14 pass from Austin Ostrander (kick failed)

M - Snap through end zone, safety

M - Jack Schultenover 10 run (Anderson kick)

M - Greg Helander 2 run (kick failed)

P - Nick Dingmann 54 pass from Quade (pass failed)

P - Nathan Meyer 4 run (Meyer run)

Paynesville

Team statistics

First downs: 17 ... Rushing: 43-279 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 4-23-81-2 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 8-80

Individual statistics

Rushing: Nathan Meyer 27-193, Matthew Quade 4-11, Bayer 11-41 ... Passing: Quade 2-20-62-2 ... Receiving: NA ... Punting: 3-62 (20.6) ... Interceptions: None ... Fumble recoveries: NA ... Tackles (solo-assist): NA ... QB sacks: NA

Minnewaska

Team statistics

First downs: 15 ... Rushing: 30-116 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-16-117-0 ... Fumbles lost: 2 ... Penalties: 8-75

Individual statistics

Rushing: Sam Long 9-48, Austin Ostrander 9-45, Jack Schultenover 1-10, Jake Amundson 2-7, Greg Helander 8-6 ... Passing: Ostander 9-16-117-0 ... Receiving: Schultenover 3-56, Amundson 4-57, Jayden Beecher 1-12 ... Punting: Ostrander 1-27, Long 2-63 ... Interceptions: Long 1, Ostrander 1 ... Fumble recoveries: None ... Tackles (solo-assist): Nathan Snider 9-3, Long 5-3, Isaiah Adams 3-4, Ostander 8-1, Taylor Lundebrek 2-2, Jon Nygaard 5-1, Mike Maus 3-2, Helander 2-2 ... QB sacks: None

Falcons soar into 4A championship

GROVE CITY -- Quarterback Dylan Hoerchler and running back Maverick Whitcomb combined to score the Falcons first six touchdowns Saturday night.

The ACGC pair was too much for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg which fell 54-14 to the No. 1 seed in the Section 4A semifinals.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City will meet Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud in the title game to advance to the state tournament.

The Falcons (7-2) led 28-0 at intermission on Hoerchler's 66-yard Pick 6 on the game's opening series, Whitcomb's 12-yard run, followed by a 30-yard hookup with Hoerchler and then his one-yard burst to the end zone.

Hoerchler and Whitcomb each added a score in the second half.

KMS quarterback Kyle Baker threw a scoring pass to Jacob Zvorak to break up the shutout and ran for the Saints' second score in the fourth quarter.

Ten ACGC ball carriers rushed for a total of 295 yards.

The Saints netted 284 yards and finish up 4-6.

ACGC 54, KMS 14

KMS (4-6) 0 0 8 6 -- 14

ACGC (7-2) 12 16 14 12 -- 54

A - Dylan Hoerchler 66 interception return (kick fail)

A - Maverick Whitcomb 12 run (pass fail)

A - M. Whitcomb 30 pass from Hoerchler (Lee Whitcomb pass from Hoerchler)

A - M. Whitcomb 1 run (Hoerchler run)

A - Hoerchler 25 kickoff return (Lucas Damm kick)

K - Jacob Zvorak 6 pass from Kyle Baker (Baker run)

A - M. Whitcomb 30 run (Damm kick)

A - Zach Junkermeier 31 run (run fail)

K - Baker 4 run (kick fail)

A - Larry Bomstad 52 run (run fail)

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

Team statistics

First downs: 15 ... Rushing: 46-164... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-23-122-4 ... Fumbles lost: 0 ... Penalties: 1-15

Individual statistics

Rushing: Travis Lamecker 11-55, Jordan Rothers 15-34, Zach Carlson 11-30, Kyle Baker 7-9 ... Passing: Baker 9-23-122-4 ... Receiving: Carlson 2-44, Jacob Zvorak 4-35, Cody Peters 2-25, Rothers 1-18 ... Punting: Baker 2-30.5

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

Team statistics

First downs: 15 ... Rushing: 36-295 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-7-118-1 ... Fumbles lost: 1... Penalties: 1-5

Individual statistics

Rushing: Larry Bomstad 3-64, Jordan Nelson 11-63, Maverick Whitcomb 4-47, Dylan Hoerchler 5-32, Zach Junkermeier 1-31, Alex Pankratz 4-24, Mitchell Macik 3-16, Tyler Berghuis 2-11, Taylor Larson 2-4, John Hofmann 1-3 ... Passing: Hoerchler 5-7-118-1 ... Receiving: Lee Whitcomb 2-43, M. Whitcomb 2-40, Larson 1-35 ... Punting: Jordan Nelson 1-46

BBE pulls off upset on road to reach 4A final

LESTER PRAIRIE -- Brandon Loch's fumble recovery for a touchdown ignited BBE and the Jaguars defeated No. 2-seed Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 15-3 in the Section 4A semifinals on Saturday.

The Jaguars (6-4) avenged last year's one-point playoff loss to LPHT and they will play the section's top seed, ACGC (7-2) for the championship and a spot in the state tournament at 1 p.m. this Saturday at St. Cloud State University.

BBE, the section No. 3 seed this year, and ACGC met in the section semifinals in 2010, with the Falcons winning 15-6.

On Saturday, LPHT took a first-quarter lead on Nick Machemehl's field goal.

But LPHT botched a snap on a second-quarter play and Loch recovered in the end zone for a 7-3 lead.

The BBE defense limited LPHT to 219 yards of offense, and the Jaguars took a 13-3 lead on Brian Goodwin's two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. They iced the game in the fourth when Alex Wosmek made a tackle in the end zone for a safety.

BBE rushed for 229 yards, with Austin Kollman gaining 172 on 26 carries.

BBE 15, LP/HT 3

BBE (6-4) 0 7 6 2 -- 15

Lester Prairie/HT (8-1) 3 0 0 0 -- 3

L - Nick Machemehl 22 FG

B - Brandon Loch recovered fumble in end zone (Patrick Rooney kick)

B - Brian Goodwin 2 run (kick failed)

B - Alex Wosmek tackle in end zone, safety

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa

Team statistics

First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 43-229 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-10-66-0 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 3-15

Individual statistics

Rushing: Brian Goodwin 4-7, Alex Wosmek 4-10, Patrick Rooney 9-40, Austin Kollman 26-172 ... Passing: Goodwin 5-10-66-0 ... Receiving: Rooney 1-18, James Kuefler 2-31, Kollman 1-15 ... Punting: Trey Heinsius 3-99 (33.0) ... Interceptions: Kuefler 1, Goodwin 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Loch 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Goodwin 2-3, Wosmek 2-1, Rooney 5-8, Ross Rath 4-1, Kuefler 2-0, Tyler Tensen 1-1, Austin Kollman 3-7, Tommy Cebulla 2-4, Brendon Lochn 1-3 ... QB sacks: Wosmek 2, Loch 1

Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity

Team statistics

First downs: 8 ... Rushing: 28-108 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-22-111-2 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 4-25

Individual statistics

Rushing: Heigl 9-48 ... Passing: Alex Heigl 9-22-111-2 ... Receiving: Nick Mechemehl 3-32 ... Punting: Mechemehl 4-123 ... Interceptions: None ... Fumble recoveries: 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Peyton Thery 15, Dalton Kinneman 10 ... QB sacks: None

Defense keeps season alive for Dawson-Boyd

DAWSON -- The defending Class A state champions needed a stout effort from its defense to keep its repeat hopes alive on Saturday.

Dawson-Boyd committed six turnovers and played most of the game without two of its key running backs, but the Blackjacks' defense shutout Canby and held the Lancers to 179 total yards in a 23-7 win in a Section 5A semifinals.

For the fourth-straight year, the Blackjacks (9-1) will play Little Sioux Conference rival Minneota (9-1) for the section championship.

Dawson-Boyd came into Saturday's game missing back Garth Ochsendorf, who injured a knee three weeks ago. Early in the game, lead back Justin Lee left the game with a hamstring injury and returned only briefly on defense before sitting the rest of the afternoon.

In the second quarter, Lee's backup, Dalton Palmer, suffered an apparent back injury and was taken from the field in an ambulance.

Mike Anyasike, also nursing a hamstring injury, was forced to carry the bulk of the time, gaining 109 yards on 19 carries.

But the Blackjacks lost four fumbles and quarterback Joey Lee, who did throw two touchdown passes, was intercepted twice.

Michael Lee caught five passes for 53 yards and a score, and Lee found Jamie Arvold for a 20-yard score in the first quarter. Joey Lee ran for a 1-yard TD in the third quarter.

Daw.-Boyd 23, Canby 7

Canby (6-4) 0 7 0 0 -- 7

Dawson-Boyd (9-1) 9 0 7 7 -- 23

D - Jamie Arvold 19 pass from Joey Lee (Easton Popma kick)

D - Canby intentional grounding from end zone, safety

C - Cole Brusven 30 interception return (Brett Hanson kick)

D - Joey Lee 1 run (Popma kick)

D - Michael Lee 9 pass from Joey Lee (Popma kick)

Canby

Team statistics

First downs: NA ... Rushing: 26- 62 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 6-22-117-0 ... Fumbles lost: None ... Penalties: 9-75

Individual statistics

Rushing: Wyatt Kraus 18-51, Michael Sisk 8-11 ... Passing: Michael Sisk 6-21-117-0, Michael Slaba 0-1-0-0 ... Receiving: Cole Brusven 5-99, Matt Gallegos 1-18

Dawson-Boyd

Team statistics

First downs: NA ... Rushing: 40-168 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-21-122-2 ... Fumbles lost: 4 ... Penalties: 7-80

Individual statistics

Rushing: Michael Anyasike 19-109, Joey Lee 8-15, Noah Stelter 5-16, Justin Lee 5-8, Dalton Palmer 3-24 ... Passing: Joey Lee 8-21-122-2 ... Receiving: Michael Lee 5-53, Nathaniel Huot 2-49, Jamie Arvold 1-20 ... Punting: NA ... Interceptions: None ... Fumble recoveries: None ... Tackles (solo-assist): NA ... QB sacks: NA

Morris/CA overwhelms Albany to stay unbeaten, advance to Section 6AAA championship game

MORRIS -- The Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers weren't fazed by a big Albany play in the first quarter and the Tigers methodically took care of business on Saturday in the Section 6AAA semifinals.

The Tigers scored 26 unanswered points in the second and third quarters and defeated their old West Central Conference partner 33-13.

Morris/CA improved to 9-0 and will play another former WCC team, New London-Spicer (6-4), for the section title at 5:45 p.m. Friday at St. Cloud State.

On Saturday, Tigers quarterback Jacob Torgerson started the scoring with a 7-yard TD run, but Albany's Mike Schlangen returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to make it 7-6 Tigers.

MCA didn't flinch, with Tom Holland and Torgerson punching in second-quarter TD runs for a 20-6 lead. The biggest play of the game came with Albany facing a fourth-down play from the Tigers' 5-yard line with about four seconds left. But MCA sacked Albany quarterback Scott Litchy as time expired.

The Tigers' Connor Metzger and Jordan Staples scored TDs in the third quarter to put the game away.

MCA's balanced rushing attack piled up 333 yards, led by Holland's 123. The Tigers also didn't commit a turnover while the defense sacked Litchy six times.

Morris/CA 33, Albany 13

Albany (5-5) 6 0 0 7 -- 13

Morris/CA (9-0) 7 13 13 0 -- 33

M - Jacob Torgerson 7 run (Noah Grove kick)

A - Mike Schlangen 75 kick return (kick failed)

M - Tom Holland 11 run (Grove kick)

M - Torgerson 1 run (kick failed)

M - Connor Metzer 34 run (Grove kick)

M - Jordan Staples 8 run (kick failed)

A - Schlangen 14 run (Scott Litchy kick)

Albany

Team statistics

First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 48-155 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 4-14-62-2 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 3-35

Individual statistics

Rushing: Scott Litchy 21-44, Mike Schlangen 15-86 ... Passing: Litchy 4-13-62-2, Blake Meyer 0-1-0-0 ... Receiving: Schlangen 3-40, Meyer 1-22 ... Punting: Litchy 3-87 (29.0) ... Interceptions: None ... Fumble recoveries: None

Morris/Chokio-Alberta

Team statistics

First downs: 17 ... Rushing: 52-333 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-10-61-0 ... Fumbles lost: None ... Penalties: 5-50

Individual statistics

Rushing: Tom Holland 14-123, Jordan Staples 11-58, Tanner Picht 10-69, Connor Metzger 4-53, Jacob Torgerson 10-24, Aaron Nelson 2-6 ... Passing: Torgerson 5-10-61-0 ... Receiving: Holland 1-11, Logan Manska 2-47, Chandler Erickson 1-4, Picht 1-0 ... Punting: Picht 2-53 (27.0) ... Interceptions: Staples 1, Austin Diercks 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Nick Vipond 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Tyler Henrichs 1-5, Erickson 5-3, Metzger 2-6, Staples 2-4, John Tiernan 1-4, Nate Vipond 1-2, Nick Vipond 3-4 ... QB sacks: Nick Vipond 1, Nate Vipond 1, Tiernan 1, Henrichs 1, Erickson 1, Staples 1

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