Prep Football: Paynesville wins 5AA; Pierz downs NLS in 6AAA

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COLLEGEVILLE — Falling snow and steady winds didn't bother the Paynesville Bulldogs in the Section 5AA championship game on Friday at St. John's University.

The top-seeded Bulldogs convincingly ended Holdingford's string of section upsets with a 32-7 victory.

The Bulldogs improved to 8-2, with the only losses coming against BOLD a 10-1 Section 5A finalist, and 10-0 Pierz, the Section 6AAA champion.

The Bulldogs open the Class AA state quarterfinals against Barnesville at 7 p.m. Friday at Alexandria High School. Barnesville won the Section 8AA championship 29-22 over Hawley on Friday at the Fargodome.

Holdingford, the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 3 ACGC in the first round and No. 2 Minnewaska in the section semifinals. But the Bulldogs, a 32-22 winner over Eden Valley-Watkins in the semifinals, were too much for the 6-5 Huskers.

No other information about the game was available when the Tribune went to press. See Monday's Tribune for more on the game.

Section 6AAA

Pierz downs NLS

Pierz' Reese Kapsner scored three touchdowns and teammate Jalen Jansen found the end zone twice as the Pioneers defeated New London-Spicer 40-14 in the Section 6AAA championship game at St. Cloud State University's Husky Field on a blustery, snowy Friday.

Jansen opened the scoring with a 22-yard TD run and Kapsner added two more rushing touchdowns, one on a 60-yard jaunt, to put the Pioneers up 24-6 at halftime.

Kapsner and Jansen both scored second-half TDs to put the game out of reach.

NLS defeated St. Cloud Cathedral and No. 2-seed Albany on the road to reach the championship game. The Wildcats finished the season 7-4.

No other information about the game was available at press time. See Monday's Tribune for more on the game.