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High School Football: Upsala/Swanville downs Benson in another thriller

Patriots score with 8 seconds left to beat Braves 22-15

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BENSON β€” Like the last time these teams played, this one went down to the wire.

Upsala/Swanville Area beat Benson 22-15 in a Section 4A quarterfinal Tuesday night at Brock Field.

Fifth-seeded USA trailed 15-14 with 2:15 to play and the ball on the Patriots’ 10-yard line after a Benson fumble with the Braves threatening to score.

USA then drove 90 yards on 12 plays to score with eight seconds left. Levi Lampert caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Carter Johnson for the winning score. Johnson then hit Hayden Chuba with a two-point conversion pass to make it 22-15. In the winning drive, USA completed six of nine passes.

Fourth-seeded Benson beat USA 20-18 in overtime on Nov. 6.

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Benson led 15-14 at halftime and throughout nearly the entire second half. The Braves’ Thomas Dineen scored on a 29-yard run, then ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-8 in the first quarter.

With the Braves trailing 14-8, Ben Peterson caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Cole Hedman. Patrick Minchow’s kick made it 15-14.

USA is scheduled to play top-seeded Mayer Lutheran at 1 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. In the other 4A semifinal, No. 3 Lester Prairie plays at No. 2 Browerville/Eagle Valley, also at 1 p.m. Saturday. Lester Prairie beat No. 6 Parkers Prairie 22-14 and B/EV beat No. 7 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 48-18.

The section final is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 28 at Sauk Centre.

Section 4A
USA 22,
Benson 15

USA (4-3) 14 0 0 8 β€” 22
Benson (4-3) 8 7 0 0 β€” 15
Scoring Plays
USA – Tyson Leners 2 run (Luke Harren pass from Carter Johnson)
B – Thomas Dineen 29 run (Dineen run)
USA – Max Lange 2 run (pass failed)
B – Ben Peterson 43 pass from Cole Hedman (Patrick Minchow kick)
USA – Levi Lampert 11 pass from Johnson (Hayden Chuba pass from Johnson)

Upsala/Swanville Area

First downs: 16 … Penalties: 7-55 … Rushing (Individual and team): Leners 10-49, Johnson 3-25. 23-74 … Passing (Individual and team): Johnson 18-26-216-1, Lange 1-1-52-0. 19-27-268-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Lampert 9-153, Chuba 9-113, Leners 1-2 … Interceptions: Lampert 1 … Fumble recoveries: Gavin Koetter 1, Cooper Thieschafer 1, Harren 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Tony Boekermann 1, Alex Bellefeuille 1.

Benson

First downs: 13 … Penalties: 5-51 … Rushing (Individual and team): Dineen 27-112, B. Peterson 52, Adam Zosel 2-10. 42-158 … Passing (Individual and team): Hedman 4-5-145-0, B. Peterson 0-1-0-1. 4-6-145-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Abe Peterson 2-109, B. Peterson 1-43, Zosel 1-(-7) … Interceptions: A. Peterson 1 … Fumble recoveries: Jordan Anderson 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): A. Peterson 5-3, Nathan Bolduc 2-6, Nick Staton 2-5, B. Peterson 3-3, Dineen 1-4, Kellen Schmidt 2-3, Sam Grussing 1-4 … QB sacks: Anderson 1, Grussing 1

Browerville/EV 48,
BBE 18

Seventh-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa saw its season come to an end after falling to second-seeded Browerville/Eagle Valley in Browerville. The Jaguars finished the season with a 0-7 record.

Section 5A
Minneota 34,
MACCRAY 8

Top-seeded Minneota rushed for 310 yards on 39 carries to beat No. 8 MACCRAY at Minneota.

MACCRAY trailed 34-0 before it scored in the fourth quarter. Payton Kleinhuizen caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Isaac Strommer. Strommer then found Carter Wrede in the end zone for the two-point conversion.

Strommer completed 22 of 40 passes for 163 yards and an interception. His top target was Brady Kienitz, who caught 11 passes for 107 yards.

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Minneota is scheduled to play No. 5 Lac qui Parle Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday in Minneota in the Section 5A semifinals.

MACCRAY (0-4) 0 0 0 8 β€” 8
Minneota (7-0) 0 17 14 3 β€” 34
Scoring Plays
Min – Al Josephson 45 run (Peyton Gillund kick)
Min – Jacob Hennen 9 run (Gillund kick)
Min – Gillund 32 field goal
Min – Al Josephson 2 run (Gillund kick)
Min – Anthony Rybinski 2 run (Gillund kick)
Min – Gillund 27 field goal
MAC – Payton Kleinhuizen 18 pass from Isaac Strommer (Carter Wrede pass from Strommer)

MACCRAY

First downs: 12 … Penalties: 5-33 … Rushing (Individual and team): Payton Kleinhuizen 3-7, Isaac Strommer 5-(-14), Dreyer Homan 7-24. 16-11 … Passing (Individual and team): Strommer 22-40-163-1, Brooks Asche 0-1-0-1. 22-41-163-2 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Brady Kienitz 11-107, Tommy Hoekstra 2-(-7), Carter Wrede 2-13, Kleinhuizen 3-35, Asche 2-7, Gavin Husman 2-8 … Interceptions: Kienitz 1 … Fumble recoveries: Homan 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Austin Sweep 2-9, Kleinhuizen 4-4, Evan Laumb 1-5 … QB sacks: None

Minneota

First downs: 22 … Penalties: 7-76 … Rushing (Individual and team): Jacob Hennen 7-25, Jonah Gruenes 3-39, Joseph Rybinski 2-10, Al Myhre 1-7, Anthony Rybinski 4-42, Connor Sik 11-97, Al Josephson 4-62, Zach Fier 4-29, Maxwell Rost 1-6. 39-310 … Passing (Individual and team): Hennen 7-20-80-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Gruenes 1-1, J. Rybinski 3-44, Cale Sorensen 1-13, Myhre 1-14, Gerardo Gutierrez 1-8 … Interceptions: Hennen 2 … Fumble recoveries: Two … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Three

LQPV 12, Lakeview 0

Fifth-seeded Lac qui Parle Valley came away with an upset victory over fourth-seeded Lakeview in Cottonwood.

The Eagles avenged a 35-22 road loss to Lakeview on Oct. 16.

LQPV is scheduled to play top-seeded Minneota at 3 p.m. Saturday.

LQPV (4-3) 6 0 6 0 β€” 12
Lakeview (4-3) 0 0 0 0 β€” 0

BOLD 59, YME 0

Tim Peppel rushed for 237 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries to help BOLD last Yellow Medicine East at Olivia.

The second-seeded Warriors rushed for 429 yards to beat seventh-seeded YME.

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In the process, BOLD kicker Braeden Tersteeg broke the state record for the most point-after touchdown kicks. He now has 177 PATs. The previous record of 176 was held by Breck’s Brandon Robinson (2001-03).

BOLD is scheduled to play sixth-seeded Canby at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Section 5A semifinals.

The Lancers beat third-seeded Dawson-Boyd 20-12.

YME (1-5) 0 0 0 0 β€” 0
BOLD (5-1) 14 13 20 12 β€” 59
Scoring Plays
B – Tim Peppel 14 run (Braeden Tersteeg kick)
B – Drew Sagedahl 3 run (Tersteeg kick)
B – Peppel 36 run (Tersteeg kick)
B – Peppel 37 run (kick failed)
B – Sagedahl 7 run (kick failed)
B – Peppel 49 run (Testeeg kick)
B – Hudson Vosika 3 run (Tersteeg kick)
B – David Garcia 1 run (pass failed)
B – Austin Keicker 3 run (run failed)

Yellow Medicine East

First downs: 7 … Penalties: 2-15 … Rushing (Individual and team): 37-34 … Passing (Individual and team): 5-13-45-1 ... Receiving (Individual and team): 5-45 … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: none … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: N/A

BOLD

First downs: 12 … Penalties: 3-27 … Rushing (Individual and team): Peppel 16-237, Sagedahl 7-75, Vosika 7-59, Garcia 6-23, George Garcia 1-10, Kicker 3-25. 40-429 … Passing (Individual and team): Sagedahl 2-6-20-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Vosika 2-20 … Interceptions: Sagedahl 1 … Fumble recoveries: D. Garcia 1, Brady Stovern 1, Xavier Basaldua 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): Connor Plumley 3-6, Mason Kruse 3-6, D. Garcia 1-5, Stevie McMath 1-5, G. Garcia 3-3, Ethan Sulivan 3-3 … QB sacks: none.

Canby 20, D-B 12

Third-seeded Dawson-Boyd dropped to 5-2 this season after falling against No. 6 Canby at Dawson.

Leading wire-to-wire, the Lancers avenged an opening-night 28-7 loss at Dawson-Boyd from Oct. 9.

Canby is scheduled to play No. 2 BOLD at 3 p.m. Saturday from Olivia.

Canby (3-4) 6 8 6 0 β€” 20
D-B (5-2) 0 6 0 6 β€” 12

Section 5AA
Kimball 36, ACGC 18

Fourth-seeded Kimball rumbled for 349 yards rushing and held fifth-seeded Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to 48 in the Section 5AA playoff game at Kimball.

Ashton Hanan rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the Cubs.

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ACGC took an early 6-0 lead when Braeden Pickle caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Luke Trebil in the first quarter.

ACGC (2-5) 6 6 0 6 β€” 18
Kimball (5-2) 0 14 14 8 β€” 36
Scoring Plays
ACGC – Braeden Pickle 35 pass from Luke Trebil (run failed)
K – Lucas Jansky 46 run (pass failed)
K – Ashton Hanan 32 run (Jansky run)
ACGC – Pickle 66 pass from Trebil (pass failed)
K – Hanan 11 run (Cody Leither pass from Jansky)
K – Hanan 35 run (run failed)
ACGC – Mason Studeman 5 run (run failed)
K – Hanan 20 run (Greg Antigua pass from Jansky)

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City

First downs: 13 … Penalties: 4-25 … Rushing (Individual and team): Hayden Straumann 5-18, Mason Studemann 6-18, Taylor Fester 2-12, Trebil 20-0. 33-48 … Passing (Individual and team): Trebil 8-19-215-2 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Braeden Pickle 4-116, Masson Hiltner 3-88, Levi Lilleberg 1-11 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: None … Tackles (solo-assist): Terrell Renne 2-7, Hiltner 4-3, Pickle 5-0, Wilson Gratz 2-6, Fester 2-5, Alex Kokenge 2-5 … QB sacks: Fester 1/2, Kokenge 1/2

Kimball

First downs: 17 … Penalties: 3-20 … Rushing (Individual and team): Ashton Hanan 20-183, Lucas Jansky 10-88, Andy Becker 7-50, Zack Holtz 8-28. 45-349 … Passing (Individual and team): Jansky 2-8-16-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Cody Leither 1-16, Hanan 1-0 … Interceptions: Greg Antigua 1, Leither 1 … Fumble recoveries: One … Tackles (solo-assist): Hanan 7-7, Becker 5-6 … QB sacks: Hanah 1, Becker 2, Carter Holtz 1-1/2, Ace Meyer 1/2

Section 6AAA
Minnewaska 35,
Melrose 19

Up by two points entering the fourth quarter, third-seeded Minnewaska got a pair of fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns from Max Reichmann and Tyson Meyer to defeat sixth-seeded Melrose in Glenwood.

Meyer scored the game’s opening touchdown on an 8-yard rush in the first quarter. Later, he reached the end zone on a 6-yard run in the third before tacking on a 1-yard plunge to put the Lakers up two scores early in the fourth. The senior running back finished with 172 rushing yards on 31 carries.

Reichmann sealed the victory for Minnewaska with a 23-yard score.

The Lakers are scheduled to play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pierz. The second-seeded Pioneers defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 28-19.

Melrose (2-5) 0 12 7 0 β€” 19
Minnewaska (3-3) 14 0 7 14 β€” 35
Scoring Plays
Min – Tyson Meyer 8 run (Isaac Koenig kick)
Min – Peyton Johnsrud 18 pass from Mitchell Gruber (Koenig kick)
Mel – Name unavailable 2 run (kick blocked)
Mel – Tyler Rademacher 10 run (pass failed)
Min – Meyer 6 run (Koenig kick)
Mel – Rowan Nelson 15 pass from Rademacher (Nelson kick)
Min – Meyer 1 run (Koenig kick)
Min – Max Reichmann 23 run (Koenig kick)

Melrose

First downs: 18 … Penalties: 2-15 … Rushing (Individual and team): Tyler Rademacher 16-69, Aaron Amhalt 3-29, Mason Heidgerken 6-28, Gavin Sawyer 1-4, Devin Orbeck 2-3, Lucas Feldewerd 7-36. 36-171 … Passing (Individual and team): Rademacher 10-30-113-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Rowan Nelson 3-49, Gertken 1-5, Orbeck 2-22, Samuel Rieland 4-37 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: Sawyer 1, Henry Braun 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: Feldewerd 1

Minnewaska

First downs: 17 … Penalties: 8-50 … Rushing (Individual and team): Tyson Meyer 31-172, Jackson Stadsvold 2-5, Mitchell Gruber 8-20, Easton McCrory 1-(-11), Blake Andreas 1-12, Jacob Lien 1-0, Aaron Ver Steeg 2-(-7), Dalton Friedrichs 1-1, Max Reichmann 4-31. 51-223 … Passing (Individual and team): Gruber 6-7-51-0 ... Receiving (Individual and team): Stadsvold 2-17, Peyton Johnsrud 1-18, Gruber 1-13, Ver Steeg 2-3 … Interceptions: None … Fumble recoveries: Damon Uhde 2, Ver Steeg 1 … Tackles (solo-assist): N/A … QB sacks: None

Tom Elliott has been the sports editor at the West Central Tribune since September 2019.
Contact him at telliott@wctrib.com or leave a message at 320-235-1150.
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