Football: The Paynesville Bulldogs move on in Section 5AA tournament

Fourth-seeded Bulldogs beat the fifth-seeded Holdingford Huskers 40-22 behind a huge game from quarterback Grayson Fuchs
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PAYNESVILLE — Grayson Fuchs had a special day in helping the Paynesville football team to advance in the Section 5AA playoffs.

The senior quarterback passed for 237 yards and ran for 161 more, passing four touchdowns and running for another, in Paynesville’s 40-22 victory over Holdingford late Tuesday.

Grayson, a St. Cloud State baseball recruit, completed touchdown passes of 91 yards to Eli Nelson, 16 yards to Max Athmann and 22 and 9 yards to Gus Johnson. He also scampered 52 yards for another score.

The victory sends the fourth-seeded Bulldogs into a semifinal game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eden Valley against top-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins (8-0). EV-W had a first-round bye.

Holdingford was the fifth seed. The Huskers were led by Luke Bieniek, who rushed 13 times for 148 yards and one touchdown and caught a 31-yard TD pass from Drew Lange for another score.


The other Section 5AA semifinal features No. 3 Kimball (9-0) at No. 2 Royalton (6-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday. The section final is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at St. John’s University in Collegeville.

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Paynesville 40, Holdingford 22

Holdingford (2-7)  7    0    7    8 — 22
Paynesville (5-4)  0   12   6   22 — 40

Scoring Plays
H – Luke Bieniek 5 run (Antanas Martinaitis kick)
P – Eli Nelson 91 pass from Grayson Fuchs (kick failed)
P – Max Athmann 8 run (run failed)
H – Ryder Petersen 2 run (Martinaitis kick)
P – Athmann 16 pass from Fuchs (pass failed)
P – Gus Johnson 22 pass from Fuchs (pass failed)
P – Fuchs 52 run (Johnson pass from Fuchs)
H – Biniek 31 pass from Drew Lange (Biniek pass from Lange)
P – Johnson 9 pass from Fuchs (Athmann run)

First downs: 15 … Penalties: 3-15 … Rushing (Individual and team): Bieniek 13-128, Petersen 10-48, Connor Patrick 2-8, Cyril Feia 1-2, Lange 3-2. Total: 29-188 … Passing (Individual and team): Lange 11-22-1 176 ... Receiving: Bieniek 2-59, Masyn Patrick 2-57,k C. Patrick 2-26, Petersen 2-18, Justin Anderson 1-14, Feia 1-2 … Interceptions: n/a … Fumble recoveries: n/a … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

First downs: 19 … Penalties: 5-50 … Rushing (Individual and team): Fuchs 19-161, Austin Pauls 9-48, Athmann 10-27, Jake Schlangen 1-(-1). Total: 41-231 … Passing (Individual and team): Fuchs 15-20-0 237 ... Receiving: Nelson 4-120, Athmann 7-76, Johnson 4-41 … Interceptions: Athmann … Fumble recoveries: n/a … Tackles (solo-assist): Fuchs 5-3, Bryce VanderBeek 4-2, Chase Viessman 2-3, Pauls 1-5 … QB sacks: Seth Vearrier

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