Upon further review, Bauman 109 yards shy
While we reported in Wednesday's paper that Joel Bauman of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg was denied the state's career rushing record by Dawson-Boyd in Tuesday night's Section 5A football quarterfinals, it turns out he needed more than 41 yards to break the mark as we previously reported.
Bauman was actually credited with more yards than he should have been by KMS statisticians. Head coach James Cortez went back through the game films on Monday to make sure of Bauman's totals and found that he should have had 84 less yards this season.
Entering the game with the Blackjacks, Bauman needed 125 yards to break the state mark of 7,503 set by Tyler Evans of McLeod West in 2001.
The Blackjacks limited Bauman to only 16 yards in 24 carries, leaving him with a career total of 7,395, second on the state's all-time list, during a 49-0 rout in Dawson.
"They dominated us up front," said Cortez. "They were physical and we just couldn't get anything going. I never expected them to shut (Bauman) down like that. We just couldn't get off the ball."
Dawson-Boyd coach Cory Larson was also pleasantly surprised that his team was able to shut down the area's all-time rushing leader.
"We knew going into the game that we had to contain him," said Larson. "But I didn't expect our kids to hold him to what they did. Our interior linemen did a great job up front. I thought that was the biggest key. And as a defensive unit, they tackled and pursued very well. We didn't change our scheme. It was just a matter of playing with a little more energy as a team."
Dawson-Boyd now will be seeking to avenge a 34-33 loss to MACCRAY in the regular-season finale on Oct. 20 in Dawson when the teams collide in the 5A semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m. in Maynard.
"We will need to eliminate a few mistakes offensively and defensively," said Larson. "You have to make plays in all three phases of the game. It's really no different than any other game we play in. It's just now you're playing a team that just made plays to beat you a week and a half ago."
Dawson-Boyd senior Matt Anderson is one of the area's rushing leaders and accounted for 148 yards and three touchdowns against KMS. He leads the area in scoring with 27 touchdowns. And Jake Bothun gained 101 yards on the ground in only five carries, including a 64-yard TD. Quarterback Ryan Swenson tossed three TD passes of 22, 30 and 25 yards, finishing with 100 yards while completing 6 of 10 throws.
"Ryan is throwing the ball extremely well right now," Larson said. "He feels more comfortable in the pocket than he was earlier in the season. His footwork has improved, which is a big reason his completion percentage has been terrific the past four or five games."
Redwood Valley record kicker
Facing fourth down and 10 yards to go late in a tie game Tuesday night against Montevideo, Redwood Valley football coach Matt Lundeen elected to have his kicker attempt a 40-yard field goal.
So Lukas Vaeth, a foreign ex-change student from the Netherlands trotted out onto the field with 6:04 remaining in the Section 3AAA quarterfinal contest. He had not attempted a field goal all season, let alone one that would break the school record of 37 yards set last year by Jonas Bauer, a foreign exchange student from Germany.
"Lukas has been dealing with a lot of sickness this year and has missed a lot of practices and a couple of games," Lundeen said. "We've used three different kickers. But he was kicking the ball well in pre-game warmups and he had a pretty good wind at his back so we decided to let him try it."
Vaeth, a soccer-style kicker, boomed the kick through the uprights and the Cardinals held on for a 16-13 victory.
"He really hit the ball well," said Lundeen. "He had plenty of yards to spare on the kick. You could tell from the sound when he kicked it that he really made good contact with the ball."
Ironically, Bauer was visiting his former host family this week and was in attendance to witness his record being broken by Vaeth.
"Lukas is such a quiet kid," said Lundeen. "I told him after the game that his legacy will forever be linked with Redwood Valley football. He just smiled."
Redwood Valley was the only area team to win on the road Tuesday night.
Only 9 remain
Tuesday night saw the demise of 11 of our 20 area football teams. The remaining nine will all play on Saturday with only three of those teams having a home game. The finals are slated for Nov. 6.
In Section 6AAA, New London-Spicer (9-0) is the top seed and will host No. 5 Annandale (5-4) at 7 p.m. Albany (8-1) is the No. 2 seed and faces Zimmerman (5-4) in the other semifinal. NLS beat Albany 14-2 in a West Central North Conference game on Sept. 25 in New London.
BOLD (7-2) is the No. 2 seed in Section 5AA and will host Yellow Medicine East (6-3) in Olivia at 7 p.m. BOLD beat YME 28-7 on Sept. 25 in Olivia in a West Central South Conference game. Eden Valley-Watkins (9-0) in the top seed and hosts No. 4 Morris (6-3) at 7 p.m.
MACCRAY (7-2) hosts Dawson-Boyd (7-2) at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Maynard in the Section 5A semifinals. The Wolverines beat Dawson-Boyd 34-33 in the final game of the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed and bump Dawson-Boyd to No. 3. Minneota (9-0) is the No. 1 seed in the section and hosts No. 4 Russell-Tyle-Ruthton (5-4) at 1 p.m. Minneota beat MACCRAY 44-18 in a Little Sioux Conference game on Oct. 2 in Maynard and also beat Dawson-Boyd 33-26 the following week in Minneota.
In other games on Saturday, No. 3 Willmar (5-4) plays at No. 2 Hutchinson (8-1) at 2 p.m. in the Section 2AAAA semifinals. The top seed is Mankato West (8-0), which hosts No. 4 Waconia. Redwood Valley (4-5), the only road team in the area to win on Tuesday, is the No. 5 seed in Section 3AAA and plays top-seeded Glencoe-Silver Lake (9-0). GSL has not allowed a point in six of its nine games and has allowed only 19 points all season. No. 2 Fairmont (7-2) hosts No. 3 Dassel-Cokato (6-3) in the other semifinal. And in Section 4A, No. 3 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (5-4) plays No. 2 St. Agnes (6-3) at Concordia University in St. Paul at 7 p.m. In the other semifinal, top seeded St. Bernard's (5-3) takes on Lester Prair-ie/Holy Trinity (6-3) at 7 p.m. at Hamline University in St. Paul.