DETROIT LAKES — The Willmar football team made the 2020 season end on a high note with a 35-0 victory over Detroit Lakes.

It was a match-up of the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in Section 8AAAA that was set up after Wednesday night’s executive order ending all interscholastic sports after Friday night because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Top-seeded Rocori played second-seeded Grand Rapids for the 8AAAA title, with the Spartans winning 34-6.

Willmar's Eli Jorgenson (5) sprints away from Detroit Lakes defenders Mason Carrier (46) and Bradly Swiers (2) on a 67-yard touchdown reception to open the scoring in the playoff victory over the Lakers. 

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Willmar's Eli Jorgenson (5) sprints away from Detroit Lakes defenders Mason Carrier (46) and Bradly Swiers (2) on a 67-yard touchdown reception to open the scoring in the playoff victory over the Lakers. Robert Williams / Forum News Service

Willmar, the fourth seed, saw Alex Schramm rush for 167 yards and two touchdowns. The junior quarterback also completed six of 10 passes for 129 yards and another TD, a 67-yarder to Eli Jorgenson at 10:24 of the second quarter to open the scoring.

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Schramm finished the season with more than 1,000 rushing yards, becoming the sixth Cardinal in school history to break the 1,000-yard mark on the ground according to the team’s record book. Drey Dirksen, the 2018-19 Hengstler-Ranweiler award winner, was the last to do it with 1,261 yards in 2018.

Schramm helped boost the Cardinals’ lead at 4:05 of the second quarter because of a 44-yard quarterback-keeper.

Schramm then scored with 1:15 left in the first half on a 10-yard run that helped make it 21-0.

Michael Price scored on a 1-yard run with 31 seconds left in the third quarter. Helping to seal the win was Brandt Sunder’s 30-yard fumble return with 11:42 remaining.

LaBlue Moo went 5-for-5 on extra-point kicks.

Third-seeded Detroit Lakes finishes 5-2. Willmar ends the year 6-2.

Willmar quarterback Alex Schramm and wide receiver Jacob Rosendahl celebrate a first-half touchdown in a blowout victory at Detroit Lakes Friday, Nov. 20. 

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Willmar quarterback Alex Schramm and wide receiver Jacob Rosendahl celebrate a first-half touchdown in a blowout victory at Detroit Lakes Friday, Nov. 20. Robert Williams / Forum News Service

Section 8AAAA

Willmar 35,

DL 0

Willmar (6-2) 0 21 7 7 — 35
DL (5-2) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Scoring Plays
W – Eli Jorgenson 67 pass from Alex Schramm (LaBlue Moo kick)
W – Schramm 44 run (Moo kick) 4:05 2nd qtr
W – Schramm 10 run (Moo kick), 1:15 2nd qtr
W – Michael Price 1 run (Moo kick) :31 3rd
W – Brandt Sunder 30 fumble return (Moo kick) 11:42 4th

Willmar

First downs: N/A … Penalties: N/A … Rushing (Individual and team): Schramm 19-167, M. Price 11-17, Jacob Streed 1-(-8), Tyler Ludwig 2-13. 33-189 … Passing (Individual and team): Schramm 6-10-129-0, Streed 0-3-0-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Jorgenson 2-74, Sunder 2-22, Jacob Rosendahl 1-4, Xavier Wickliff 1-29 … Interceptions: Ludwig 2, Sunder 1 … Fumble recoveries: Sunder 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A… QB sacks: Joe Price 1, Kaden Streed 1.

Detroit Lakes

First downs: N/A … Penalties: N/A … Rushing (Individual and team): Christian Solberg 21-113, Ethan Carrier 11-28, Gavin Smith 5-23, Jake Green 2-8, Joseph Heinlein 8-23. Matthew Tobkin 4-(-1). 51-194 … Passing (Individual and team): Tobkin 3-15-30-3 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Ty Jones 1-15, Jacob Kalina 1-5, Solberg 1-10 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: 2 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

The Willmar Cardinals defense makes a big stand on fourth down to kill a Detroit Lakes offensive drive during the first half of the Section 8AAAA playoff game. 

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The Willmar Cardinals defense makes a big stand on fourth down to kill a Detroit Lakes offensive drive during the first half of the Section 8AAAA playoff game. Robert Williams / Forum News Service

Section 5AA

Championship

Morris/CA 45,

Paynesville 26

Zach Bruns ran for three touchdowns and passed for three more as Morris/Chokio-Alberta defeated Paynesville at Big Cat Stadium in Morris.

Bruns completed 12 of 20 passes for 212 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. He rushed 18 times for 99 yards and three more scores. Durgin Decker rushed 25 times for 118 yards and a TD for the Tigers.

Blake Hiltner rushed 12 times for 102 yards and a touchdown for Paynesville, which rallied from deficits of 18-0, 32-6 and 45-12.

Paynesville (5-2) 0 6 6 14 — 26
Morris/CA (6-1) 6 26 6 7 — 45
Scoring Plays
M – Zach Bruns 1 run (kick failed)
M – Bruns 1 run (run failed)
M – Bruns 1 run (pass failed)
P – Tanner Stanley 62 pass from Chase Bayer (pass failed)
M – Kenny Soderberg 46 pass from Bruns (Durgin Decker run)
P – Drew Tangen 1 run (pass failed)
M – Toby Gonnerman 8 pass from Bruns (pass failed)
M – Decker 2 run (Bruns kick)
P – Tangen 19 pass from Bayer (Bayer run)
P – Blake Hiltner 5 run (run failed)

Paynesville

First downs: 16 … Penalties: 1-10 … Rushing (Individual and team): Hiltner 12-102, Bayer 8-22, Tangen 9-21, Craig Schmitz 1-2. 30-147… Passing (Individual and team): Bayer 11-26-184-2 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Stanley 2-60, Eli Nelson 1-40, Schmitz 1-33, Tangen 3-25, Grayson Fuchs 2-18, Max Athmann 1-6, Blake Hiltner 1-2 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

Morris/CA

First downs: 27 … Penalties: 2-30 … Rushing (Individual and team): Decker 25-118, Bruns 18-99, Tristan Raths 7-29, Soderberg 1-5, Lewis Nohl 2-(-4). 53-247 … Passing (Individual and team): Bruns 12-20-212 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Soderberg 3-102, Gonnerman 4-51, Decker 2-30, Jackson Loge 2-29, Josh Rohloff 1-0 … Interceptions: 2 … Fumble recoveries: 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

Section 5A

Championship

Minneota 14,

BOLD 7

Minneota took an early 14-0 lead and held on to win the Section 5A championship over visiting BOLD.

A.J. Josephson rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown and Jacob Hennen hit Cale Sorenson on a 5-yard TD pass to help the Vikings build a 14-0 lead.

BOLD cut the deficit to 14-7 on a Drew Sagedahl 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Sagedahl has committed to St. John’s University for basketball.

BOLD (6-2) 0 7 0 0 — 7
Minneota (8-0) 7 7 0 0 — 14
Scoring Plays
M – A.J. Josephson 7 run (Peyton Gillund kick)
M – Cale Sorenson 5 pass from Jacob Hennen (Gillund kick)
B – Unavailable 27 pass from Drew Sagedahl (Braeden Tersteeg kick)

BOLD

First downs: 13 … Penalties: 11-116 … Rushing (Individual and team): Tim Peppel 17-061, Sagedahl 5-6. 32-126 … Passing (Individual and team): Sagedahl 12-27-126-1-2 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Anthony Wallert 3-25, Tersteeg 1-3. 12-126 … Interceptions: N/A … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): Connor Plumley 7-2, Peppel 2-3, … QB sacks: N/A

Minneota

First downs: 11 … Penalties: 6-74 … Rushing (Individual and team): Josephson 8-79, Hennen 14-45, Anthony Rybinski 9-26. 32-161… Passing (Individual and team): Hennen 5-11-38-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Sorenson 2-16, AJ. Myhre 1-14, Joey Rybinski 1-4, Gerardo Gutierrez 1-4 … Interceptions: N/A … Fumble recoveries: N/A … Tackles (solo-assist): Jonah Gruenes 3-10, Josephson 4-6, J. Rybinski 4-6, Tucker Thooft 2-7… QB sacks: none

Section 6AAA

NLS 26,

Minnewaska 7

Senior running back Jack Novak had 29 carries for a game-high 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns during New London-Spicer’s victory at Minnewaska.

The Wildcats (4-4) avoided their first losing season since 2005.

Novak had a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter before junior fullback Connor Rothwell added a 3-yard rushing score in the second.

The Lakers cut the gap to 12-7 in the second quarter on a 4-yard run from senior running back Tyson Meyer. Novak put the game away with a pair of rushing touchdowns in the fourth.

NLS chewed up 323 yards on the ground and accumulated 23 first downs. Minnewaska moved the chains eight times.

NLS (4-4) 6 6 0 14 — 26
Minnewaska (3-4) 0 0 7 0 — 7
Scoring Plays
NLS – Jack Novak 6 run (pass failed)
NLS – Connor Rothwell 3 run (pass failed)
M – Tyson Meyer 4 run (Isaac Koenig kick)
NLS – Novak 8 run (run failed)
NLS – Novak 16 run (Nick McKenzie run)

New London-Spicer

First downs: 23 … Penalties: 4-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): Jack Novak 29-160, Connor Rothwell 14-90, Brycen Christensen 6-21, Kyle Denz 5-33, Kyle Doty 3-19. 57-323 … Passing (Individual and team): Doty 5-10-40-1. 5-10-40-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Jaden Zylstra 2-11, Mason Toutges 2-27, Christensen 1-2. 5-40 … Interceptions: Novak 1 … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): Gavin Degner 8-0, Logan Woelfel 6-2, Nick McKenzie 6-1, Denz 6-1, Novak 2-4, Tyler Danielson 5-0 … QB sacks: Rothwell 1, Jon Garcia 1

Minnewaska

First downs: 8 … Penalties: 3-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): Mitchell Gruber 4-23, Darion Alexander 1-13, Aaron Ver Steeg 4-16, Tyson Meyer 13-39, Max Reichmann 2-71. 24-162 … Passing (Individual and team): Gruber 5-15-25-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Peyton Johnsrud 1-6, Alexander 2-8, Damon Uhde 2-11 … Interceptions: Uhde 1 … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: None

Section 5A

LQPV 27, Canby 12

Fifth-seeded Lac qui Parle Valley beat sixth-seeded Canby in the Section 5A season-ending consolation game at Madison.

The Eagles (5-3) trailed 12-0 after the first quarter before scoring 27 unanswered points to lock up the victory.

Canby (3-5) 12 0 0 0 — 12
LQPV (5-3) 0 14 6 7 — 27