State Football: BOLD makes up for lost time
ALEXANDRIA — BOLD's first game in the state football tournament since 2014 proved to be one to remember.
The Warriors made up for lost time, scoring 50 unanswered points on the way to a 50-6 win against Ottertail Central Saturday afternoon in the Class A state quarterfinal match at Viking Bank Field in Alexandria.
BOLD will head to the state semifinals against Blooming Prairie at 9 a.m. Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Awesome Blossoms won their quarterfinal game against United South Central 42-0.
BOLD dominated every facet of the game despite snowy and well-below freezing conditions that saw the thermometers drop into single digits. With an overwhelming wind, BOLD kept the ball on the ground for 53 carries and 415 yards. Gavin and Dawson Vosika outgained the Bulldogs by themselves, combining for 212 yards compared to Ottertail Central's 167 total yards.
Gavin Vosika proved to be as shifty as ever, working his way down the field for the game's opening score on a three-yard dive up the middle. His touchdown was the only score of the first quarter but it clearly was the start of a long day at the office for the Bulldogs. He finished the day with 14 carries for 96 yards.
His brother, Dawson, appeared to be created for a bad weather game. His hard-nosed running attack featured plenty of broken tackles and consistent positive yardage. He missed out on the scoring fun for the Warriors but capped the day with nine carries for 116 yards.
"I thought our offensive line did a heck of a job," said BOLD head coach Steve Solem. "Our team worked hard, they earned it. The coaches we have here love to tear film apart and then put that to the kids. They all spend a lot of time watching football and learning about the other teams and how we can get better. Then we also have some very nice athletes and that helps."
Dawson Vosika was one of the only Warrior ball carriers who missed the end zone Saturday afternoon. Jordan Sagedahl completed just one pass on the day that went for four yards and a touchdown to Luke Ryan to kick off a 29-point second quarter. Hayden Tersteeg scored from 11 yards out, Sagedahl added a 10-yard run and Ryan capped it off with a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown to put BOLD up 36-0 heading into halftime.
"We have so many weapons that can do so many different things," Solem said. "Gavin is quick and nobody can get to him. Then you take [Jordan] who really is opening up the offense and once he gets loose he can do some fun things. Dawson runs hard, Hayden runs hard."
Tim Peppel and John Burman added short touchdown runs in the third quarter for a 50-0 lead heading into the fourth.
In addition to an overwhelming day by the offense, Ryan and Braeden Tersteeg tied state records to add to the fun. Ryan picked off a Nick Van Erp pass in the third quarter for his second of the day and 14th of the season, tying a record by Todd DeBates of Stewartville originally set in 1981. Tersteeg, who completed four of his five extra point attempts Saturday, tied the record of 77 successful extra points in a single season held by Cretin-Derham Hall's Mike Pelican set in 2007.
"It's awesome, I never would have guessed it," said Ryan, also a center fielder for BOLD's baseball team. "They just tell me to play centerfield out there and that's what I do. I just roam the field. It feels great to shut the other team down with an interception like that."
Late in the third quarter, Van Erp completed a quick pass to Sam Fisher who took it 57 yards before being tackled at the one-yard line. The Bulldogs knocked on the goalline four times but BOLD's defensive line came through each time to stymie Ottertail Central and keep the shutout.
"I think we were just more physical," Ryan said. "If we're more physical, we can run the ball on anybody and we can slow any other team down. "
Ottertail Central found paydirt in the fourth quarter on a 51-yard pass by Van Erp to Blaine Wallevand.
BOLD 50, Ottertail Central 6
OTC (10-1) 0 0 0 6 — 6
BOLD (11-0) 7 29 14 0 — 50
BOLD — Gavin Vosika 3 run (Braeden Tersteeg kick)
BOLD — Luke Ryan 4 pass from Jordan Sagedahl (Run good)
BOLD — Hayden Tersteeg 11 run (Run good)
BOLD — Sagedahl 10 run (B Tersteeg kick)
BOLD — Ryan 61 interception return (Kick failed)
BOLD — Tim Peppel 3 run (B Tersteeg kick)
BOLD — John Burman 2 run (B Tersteeg kick)
OTC — Blake Wallevand 51 pass from Van Erp (Conversion failed)
First downs: 5 ... Penalties: 1-5 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Austin Wensaver 12-25, Max Naddy 3-11, Nick Van Erp 2-8, Hayden Hart 1-2, Ethan Weiser 1-0, Blake Wallevand 3-3, Sam Fisher 3-2. 26-51 ... Passing (Individual and team): Van Erp 7-12-116-2 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Max Naddy 1-0, Sam Fisher 4-70, Blake Wallevand 1-51... Interceptions: None ... Fumble recoveries: NA ... Tackles (solo-assist): NA ... QB sacks: NA
First downs: 15 ... Penalties: 1-15 ... Rushing (Individual and team): Gavin Vosika 14-96, Dawson Vosika 9-116, Jordan Sagedahl 5-54, Hayden Tersteeg 4-38, Blake Plass 4-5, Tim Peppel 5-29, John Burman 6-59, Joey McMath 5-20, Braeden Tersteeg 1-(-2). 53-415 ... Passing (Individual and team): Sagedahl 1-2-4-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Luke Ryan 1-4 ... Interceptions: Ryan 2 ... Fumble recoveries: NA ... Tackles (solo-assist): NA ... QB sacks: NA