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Football: Lakers roll into section title matchup

Minnewaska sophomore Tyson Meyer finishes a run against Montevideo in a Sept. 15 game. Meyer tallied two touchdowns in Saturday's 21-7 win over ACGC in the Section 5AA semifinals. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Minnewaska football team earned itself a spot in the Section 5AA championship with a 21-7 semifinal win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in Glenwood on Saturday.

Tyson Meyer and Ryan Amundson got the ball rolling for the second-seeded Lakers (8-2) in the second quarter. First, Meyer put Minnewaska on the board with a 3-yard touchdown rush, and Amundson followed on the next drive with a 4-yard rush into the end zone.

The scores capped 76- and 55-yard drives, respectively, and it carried the Lakers into a 14-0 lead at the half.

The third-seeded Falcons (5-5) cut into the lead with a touchdown late in the third quarter. Josh Kinler punched one in from the 3, taking advantage of favorable field position after starting the drive on the Minnewaska 13-yard line.

Nevertheless, the Lakers persevered with a game-sealing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Meyer scored on a 22-yard scamper for a touchdown and 21-7 lead, and a final stop for the Minnewaska defense cemented the section semifinal win.

Meyer churned out 112 yards on 23 rushes with two touchdowns on the day. Amundson finished 3-for-11 passing for 51 yards and the score. He added 80 rushing yards on 18 carries.

The Lakers will look to usurp the 5AA crown from top-seeded and defending section champion Paynesville Area at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at St. John’s University.

ACGC 0 0 7 0 - 7

MAHS 0 14 0 7 - 21

Micah Friez

Micah Friez covers Bemidji State basketball and BSU for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Beaver basketball updates.

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