(Undated) -- The Osakis Silverstreaks are returning to the State Football Tournament for the first time in more than a decade, while Hancock's win over Brandon-Evansville at the FargoDome Friday denied the Chargers a State berth of their own.
Osakis bolts to State Tourney after 14-year absence: At the FargoDome Friday afternoon, the Silverstreaks crafted a 16-0 lead at the half, en route to a 29-6 victory over Pillager for the Section 6AA title. The result reserved last year's Section 6AA outcome, when the Huskies prevailed over Osakis, 30-16. The Silverstreaks are coached by Bill Infanger, a 1994 graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria. He will take a team to State Football Tournament for the first time in his career. His son, Hunter Infanger, is the starting quarterback for Osakis.
As the top seed in a competitive Section 6AA, Osakis overwhelmed its two playoff opponents by a combined score of 78-12. After appearing at State six times in 10 seasons from 1996-2005, the Silverstreaks return after a 14-year wait. Osakis will face Barnesville in the Class AA Quarterfinals a week from today (Saturday, November 9th), in a 12 Noon kickoff at Jim Gotta Stadium on the campus of Moorhead High School.
Chargers' bid for State denied by Owls: The Friday session of Section Football at the FargoDome began with a thriller for the Class 9-Man, Section 4 title. Hancock quarterback Preston Rohloff connected with receiver Daniel Milander on a short touchdown pass in the game's closing moments to snap a 16-16 tie. The score proved to be the game-winner in the Owls' 24-16 victory, which raised their record to 11-0 entering the State Class 9-Man Tournament.
Brandon-Evansville completed its season with a record of 9-2, with both defeats coming to Hancock. The Chargers were attempting to reach the State Football Tournament for the first time in club history. As a stand-alone program, Brandon High School finished as the runner-up to Lake Benton in the 9-Man class of the 1973 State Tournament.
Hancock will face Renville County West next Friday at Buffalo High School, in the Class 9-Man Quarterfinals. The Owls are making their second overall State Football Tournament appearance....their first since 1990.
Spuds turn back Jacks again: For the second time in 16 days, Moorhead traveled to Bemidji Friday night and beat the Lumberjacks at Bemidji State University's Chet Anderson Stadium. The Spuds used a similar script for the Section 8AAAAA Championship Game as they did against Bemidji last month: build an early lead. However, the host Jacks didn't go quietly into the night. Trailing 14-0 at the half last night, Bemidji rallied to tie the game, only to turn the ball over in the fourth quarter. A Moorhead interception of a pass thrown by Bemidji quarterback Brett Tharaldson set up the game-winning field goal by the Spuds' two-sport fall athlete, Caden Triggs. Triggs was the goalkeeper for several seasons on the Moorhead Varsity Boys' Soccer team, while also place kicking for the Spuds Football squad. The senior drilled the go-ahead field goal with just over two minutes remaining to provide the winning margin. The Spuds are returning to the Class AAAAA State Tournament for the first time since 2015, while denying Bemidji the chance to repeat as a champion in Section 8AAAAA. Moorhead will travel to Monticello High School next Saturday to face Elk River, in the Class AAAAA Quarterfinals at 12 Noon.
Spartans top Lakers in Alexandria to capture Section 8AAAA: The ROCORI Spartans are heading back to the State Class AAAA Football Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons, following a 14-6 victory over previously undefeated Detroit Lakes. Defense has been one of the cornerstones for the Spartans' success in 2019. ROCORI held a Laker team that had averaged 48 points per game out of the end zone all night. The Lakers only score came on a 61-yard return of an interception by Christian Solberg in the second quarter. The Spartans put two scores on the board in the opening half, then leaned on the defense the rest of the way, forcing a total of five Laker turnovers. Detroit Lakes had its season end in Alexandria for a second straight year, finishing the 2019 campaign at 9-1.
The Spartans, coached by ROCORI alumnus James Herberg, helped to turn the 2019 Class AAAA State Tournament into a sort-of "North Central White Invite". Three of the eight qualifiers in Class AAAA this year play in the North Central White District, and one of the teams is guaranteed to advance to the semifinal round at U.S. Bank Stadium in mid-November. Friday night at 7:00 in Husky Stadium on the Saint Cloud State University campus, ROCORI will face fellow North Central White member Delano. This is a rematch of the game in Delano on September 20th. In the Spartans' 27-7 victory that evening, ROCORI's defense held the Tigers to only 44 yards in 51 plays from scrimmage. The third team to advance to State from the North Central White is Hutchinson. The Tigers hosted Marshall in Hutch Friday night, prevailing 28-14 to gain the Class AAAA State berth.
Section Football scoreboard (involving teams from the North Central District, or from Central and West Central Minnesota. Games played Friday, unless otherwise noted):
- Class 9-Man, Section 2 (Thursday): Renville County West 28, Nicollet 14
- Class 9-Man, Section 4: Hancock 24, Brandon-Evansville 16
- Section 4A: Browerville-Eagle Valley 44, Mayer Lutheran 21
- Section 5A: BOLD 21, Canby 0
- Section 6A: Underwood 44, Breckenridge 18
- Section 5AA: Paynesville 28, Eden Valley-Watkins 21
- Section 6AA: Osakis 29, Pillager 6
- Section 6AAA: Pierz 42, Albany 22
- Section 8AAA (Thursday): Perham 21, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 20
- Section 2AAAA: Hutchinson 28, Marshall 14
- Section 6AAAA: Delano 17, Becker 14 (overtime)
- Section 7AAAA: Chisago Lakes Area 28, Hermantown 16
- Section 8AAAA: ROCORI 14, Detroit Lakes 6
- Section 6AAAAA: Elk River 32, Robbinsdale Armstrong 29
- Section 7AAAAA: Coon Rapids 17, Andover 14
- Section 8AAAAA: Moorhead 17, Bemidji 14
Information from the Minnesota State High School League was used in this report.