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Aakre, Dunham, rate among MIAC 'Saturday's Best'

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Two former All-Area quarterbacks faced off on Saturday in Moorhead when the Concordia College Cobbers entertained Bethel College.

Josh Aakre's Royals won the MIAC meeting 27-13 but both QBs ended up listed in the conference's "Saturday's Best-Offense."

Aakre, a senior out of Dawson-Boyd, threw for 192 yards and rushed for two TDs and passed for two more. Dunham threw for 235 yards and a touchdown. The 2008 Willmar graduate now has throw for 1,719 yards with 9 TDs and 6 interceptions with one game remaining.

One of Aakre's passes went to junior wide receiver Jay Hilbrands of Clara City for 47 yards. Cobbers' sophomore safety Luke Peterson logged 5 tackles and has 23 for the fall.

Elsewhere in the MIAC, St. John's whipped Carleton 47-14 at Collegeville. Taylor Dammermann, junior linebacker from New London-Spicer, had seven stops for the Johnnies. Knights' senior LB Mark Skoglund who played on Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's Class A champion, had seven tackles and remains at the top of the Carleton tackle chart.

Skoglund's former teammate at KMS, Taylor Freetly, is a junior tight end at St. John's. He caught one pass for 26 yards and has 19 receptions for the season.

Also in that game, junior Scott Ramey of St. John's punted twice with a long of 59 yards to gain "Special Teams Saturday Best" listing. Ramey is the son of former Willmar Cardinals football/track coach Deryl Ramey and the son of Jeff Ramey, ex-Willmar quarterback and a football coach at Brainerd.

The MIAC website also points to a feature article in Sunday's New York Times on the St. John's head coach John Gagliardi, who turns 85 today. The article points out that while Penn State's Joe Paterno, 84, won his 409th game on Saturday to pass Eddie Robinson of Grambling he'll likely never catch the national leader at Collegeville. When the Johnnies smeared Carleton on Saturday Gagliardi's victory total rose to 482 in 63 seasons.

The legendary coach, a Colorado native, was quoted by Times writer William C. Rhoden, "There's an old adage that coaches are hired to be fired," said Gagliardi, who went to St. John's in 1953 after beginning his career with four seasons at Carroll College in Montana, said in a recent interview. "I'm just happy I've been able to survive this long."

The full article is posted at