Reigning champion Minneota shuts out Braham 55-0
By Bryan Zollman
Junior running back Ryan Meagher ran for two touchdowns and caught another and senior quarterback Ryan Dalager threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Max Rost as Minneota made a statement with a 55-0 win over Braham Friday in Monticello.
The win improved the defending Class champion Vikings to 12-0. It was their 18th straight victory.
Meagher, who came into the game with 1,689 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns scored on an 81-yard run and an 11 yard run in the game’s first five minutes as Minneota opened up a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Rost caught a touchdown and ran one in and finished with three TDs on the night as the Vikings led 41-0 at the half.
The Vikings were coming off a close 14-6 win in the Section 5A final. They will now face Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (11-0) Saturday Nov. 18 at US Bank Stadium at 11:30 a.m. Minneota defeated Fillmore Central 28-27 in last year’s semifinals and beat Springfield 38-21 to win the Prep Bowl.
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 28, Mayer Lutheran 6
The Jaguars remained undefeated with a 28-6 win over Mayer Lutheran Thursday, Nov. 9.
Senior quarterback Luke Dingmann surpassed 2,500 yards of total offense with a 91-yard run to give BBE a 16-0 lead. The Jaguars got off to a good start when Jack Lundberg scored in the first quarter on a 27-yard run.
Dingmann then connected with Luke Illies on a touchdown pass for a 22-0 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter Mayer Lutheran scored to make it 226, but Lundberg returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to ice the game at 28-6.
The Jaguars are 11-0 and will face reigning state champion Minneota Saturday at US Bank Stadium at 11:30 a.m.
Springfield 22, Fillmore Central 12
Jakob Nachreiner threw two touchdown passes, giving him 50 on the season as Springfield advanced to the state semifinals for the second year in a row with a 22-12 win over Fillmore Central.
Nachreiner threw for 126 yards and connected with Carter Olson on a 20-yard and 7-yard score. Fillmore Central led 12-6 at halftime thanks to two TD passes by senior Chase Chirstianson. Christianson hit Jayce Kiehne for a 22-yard touchdown and Greg Kennedy on a 45-yard score in the first half.
But Springfield countered in the third quarter when Nachreiner hit Olson form 20 yards out.
Ashton Toll sealed the win with a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for the 22-12 victory.
Springfield (11-1) will take on Mahnomen/Waubun (11-0) Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m.
Mahnomen/Waubun 18, Parkers Prairie 0
Mahnomen/Waubun remained undefeated with an 18-0 win over Parkers Prairie Friday in Brainerd.
Blake McMullen connected with Tanner Stech on touchdowns of 9 and 29 yards and Stech added a field goal for the 18-0 win.
It was Stech who kicked a game-winning field goal Nov. 3 when Mahnomen/Waubun defeated Ada-Borup West in the final seconds to advance to state.