BOLD locks down D-B, locks up spot in 5A final
Warriors limit Blackjacks to 115 yards in 23-6 victory
OLIVIA — With the offense ailing due to an injury to quarterback Jordan Sagedahl, BOLD’s defense dug its heels in.
If the Warriors were going to go back to the Section 5A championship, it was going to require a physical, hard-hitting effort.
“We knew it was going to be a defensive game tonight, whether or not Jordan got hurt,” said senior defensive lineman Andrew Sheehan. “With him hurting, we had to play well and make every play possible.”
Even when No. 4 Dawson-Boyd made some progress, BOLD’s defenders came through, picking up three takeaways and two sacks while holding the Blackjacks to 115 yards of total offense as the top-seeded Warriors advanced with a 23-6 victory.
“This was a fun high-school football game,” said BOLD head coach Derek Flann. “It was physical. Having Jordan at half-speed affects it, but the way our defense stepped up, I was really impressed.”
The Warriors looked ready for another blowout victory as an efficient eight-play, 54-yard opening drive resulted in a 6-yard rushing touchdown from Gavin Vosika.
But on the first play for the Blackjacks’ offense, Sagedahl suffered a sprained ankle on a tackle along the sideline. His ankle was heavily taped afterwards and clearly affected his game by limiting his mobility. Without the threat of the quarterback run, D-B’s defense loaded the box and made it tough for Vosika, running back Blake Plass and fullback Tim Peppel to get big yards.
“We knew we had to play physical football,” said Blackjacks head coach Cory Larson. “Every game we had on them, they controlled the line of scrimmage. I felt like we did a pretty good job on the defensive side. Our middle linebacker, Jordan Hastad, probably played the best game of his career. But it started with the guys up front getting off the ball.”
The Blackjacks’ second drive ended with success as Romell Horton hauled in a Branden Stulz pass for a 16-yard score.
But from that point on, the Warriors’ defense kept D-B off the scoreboard. Despite the Blackjacks producing four drives that started in BOLD’s half of the field, none of those drives resulted in points.
“We had some opportunities but we couldn’t cash in,” Larson said. “That changed the dynamics of the game.”
And after going off for 282 yards and five touchdowns in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Blackjacks running back Josh Anyasike was held to 64 yards on 16 carries.
“Everyone had to fill hard in every gap and maintain control because (Anyasike) is one great running back,” said Sheehan, who had a BOLD-best six tackles. “He will break tackles and find a hole. If he gets going, he can run for 280 or 240 any time.”
The Warriors also had a pair of takeaways in the second quarter with a fumble recovery from Peppel and an interception from Plass. After putting his team in D-B territory with the recovery, Peppel punched in a 1-yard score to give BOLD a 15-6 halftime lead. The score was set up by a 35-yard reception by Plass that put the ball at the 1-yard line.
Braeden Tersteeg also got a takeaway to open the second half as he recovered a fumble on the kickoff.
“We bucked up and got it done,” Peppel added.
It remained a one-score game until the fourth quarter when Sagedahl found Vosika for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Despite the bum ankle, Sagedahl was 6 of 19 passing for 101 yards. Vosika had 109 yards of total offense with two scores.
At 2:30 p.m. Friday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, BOLD will face No. 3 Canby for the section championship. The Lancers upset No. 2 Minneota 13-0 on Saturday.
“(Canby’s) a team where we’ll see some similar stuff to what we saw today,” Flann said. “We’ll see some tight coverage and them trying to get to the quarterback. … They always have an aggressive defense. It’s never a cupcake out there; it’s always a physical game.”
BOLD 23, D-B 6
D-B (7-3) 6 0 0 0 — 6
BOLD (10-0) 7 8 0 8 — 23
B – Gavin Vosika 6 run (Braeden Tersteeg kick)
DB – Romell Horton 16 pass from Brenden Stulz (pass failed)
B – Tim Peppel 1 run (Anthony Maher pass from Jordan Sagedahl)
B – Vosika 23 pass from J. Sagedahl (Drew Sagedahl pass from J. Sagedahl)
First downs: 8 … Penalties: 3-10 … Rushing (Individual and team): Josh Anyasike 16-64, Micah Olson 1-4, Brenden Stulz 3-(-11). 22-44 … Passing (Individual and team): Stulz 7-19-71-1, Anyasike 0-1-0-0. 7-20-71-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Olson 4-47, Romell Horton 1-17, Anyasike 1-11, Jordan Hastad 1-(-4) … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Keaton Haas 1, Austin Moen 1
First downs: 11 … Penalties: 2-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): Gavin Vosika 14-50, Blake Plass 13-46, Tim Peppel 11-47, Jordan Sagedahl 2-7. 40-150 … Passing (Individual and team): Sagedahl 6-19-101-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Vosika 3-59, Plass 1-34, Anthony Maher 1-4, Matthew Moorse 1-12 … Interceptions: Plass 1 … Fumble recoveries: Peppel 1, Braeden Tersteeg 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Matthew Moorse 5-0, Andrew Sheehan 4-2, Maher 1-4, Joey McMath 0-3, Peppel 1-2 … QB sacks: McMath 1, Peyton Riley 1