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Minnewaska football: Missed extra point costly for Lakers in 5AA loss

Minnewaska and Eden Valley-Watkins both learned just how important extra point kicks can be in a game Tuesday night as the Lakers pushed the second-seeded Eagles to overtime before falling 34-33 in Section 5AA football playoffs Tuesday night after missing their final attempt.

In all, the two teams missed four extra point attempts, with three of those on Minnewaska's side. And, in only one instance was Minnewaska able to make up points as the Lakers were successful on a two-point conversion pass in the second quarter.

Minnewaska trailed 14-6 after the first quarter, and were down by a touchdown at the half, but scored 13 unanswered points in the third quarter to take the lead.

The Eagles tied the game in the fourth as Austin Pelkey snatched a 78-yard pass out of the air, but Eden Valley-Watkins missed its extra point attempt for the win in regulation.

Minnewaska finished the season without a win at 0-9.

GAME RESULTS

MINNEWASKA 6 8 13 0 6 --33

EV-WATKINS 14 7 0 6 7 --34

FIRST QUARTER

EVW - Alex Geislinger 2-yard run. Jared Streit kick.

EVW - Geislinger 20-yard run. Streit kick.

MIN - Sam Long 22-yard run. Kick failed.

SECOND QUARTER

MIN - Blake Johnsrud 1-yard run. Jeff Pooler pass from Jake Amundson.

EVW - Brent Stenger 30-yard pass from Brendan Ashton. Streit kick.

THIRD QUARTER

MIN - Johnsrud 7-yard run. Pooler kick.

MIN - Long 22-yard run. Kick failed.

FOURTH QUARTER

EVW - Austin Pelkey 78-yard pass from Ashton. Kick failed.

OVERTIME

MIN - Johnsrud 5-yard run. Kick failed.

EVW - Ashton 1-yard run. Streit kick.

MINNEWASKA STATISTICS (unofficial)

RUSHING - Blake Johnsrud 19-60, Sam Long 16-102, Jake Amundson 4-32, Travis Moen 2-19, Jake Schultenover 1-2. PASSING - Amundson 9-16-1-105. RECEIVING - Pooler 4-69, Long 3-27, Johnsrud 2-9.

SECTION 5AA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

1. BOLD, 2. Eden Valley-Watkins, 3. Paynesville, 4. Morris Area/CA, 5. Benson, 6. Lac qui Parle Valley, 7. Minnewaska, 8. Yellow Medicine East.

OPENING ROUND

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7 P.M.

BOLD 27, Yellow Medicine East 0

Eden Valley-Watkins 34, Minnewaska 33 OT

Benson 30, Morris Area 14

Paynesville 36, Lac qui Parle 27

SEMIFINALS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 7 P.M. AT HIGH SEED

Paynesville vs. Eden Valley-Watkins

Benson vs. BOLD

CHAMPIONSHIP

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4,

UM-MORRIS

7 p.m. - Semifinal winners

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