MINNEAPOLIS — These two Hancock Owls are so close, they go by the nickname ‘Tim-Ton.’

‘Tim’ is Hancock star running back Tyler Timmerman. ‘Ton’ is Dalton Rose, the other guy in the Owls’ stand-out backfield, whose blocking helps make Hancock go.

And go the Owls did Thursday, beating Mountain Iron-Buhl 65-32 in the state 9-Man semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Timmerman and Rose are inseparable on and off the field, their coaches agreed.

When asked about the nickname at Thursday’s press conference after Hancock’s historic victory, the assembled Owls smiled.

How long have they known each other? “Forever,” Timmerman quietly said with a smile.

Where’d the nickname come from? “I don’t even know,” Rose said.

Credit Hancock assistant coach Matt Nesvig with coming up with the moniker.

“They share a brain,” Nesvig said. “They are in-sync in our backfield.

“They are one in the same.”

They also have helped Hancock advance to the first Prep Bowl in school history.

Timmerman had another crazy-good game, rushing for 239 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a 61-yard pass for another.

Rose and the Owls’ line were credited for the success by Timmerman.

Despite all the firsts going on for Hancock, Rose said Thursday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings’ home field didn’t affect the Owls’ preparation.

“It was just another game,” Rose said.

Really? Coach Chad Christianson said Hancock’s big section final win (24-16 over Brandon-Evansville) at the Fargodome helped calm some big-stadium nerves.

“It was a good experience to play there,” Rose said. “Today, we tried not to get all involved with all the lights and stuff.”

They didn’t. It’s now on to the Prep Bowl.

Numbers

Here are the population numbers of the main towns involved with the two West Central Tribune area games Thursday: Mountain Iron-Buhl vs. Hancock and Paynesville vs. Minneapolis North.

Mountain Iron’s population is 2,863. Buhl’s is 982.

Hancock’s population is 732.

Paynesville’s population is 2,494. And Minneapolis? That’s 422,331. North High School, of course, only represents a small portion of that.

Nice flow

Best haircut seen Thursday might have to go to Paynesville junior lineman Sam Lopez. In what could best be described as the Boz look, Lopez had rows shaved down the sides of his head with an ample mullet (the party in the back).