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Alexandria football: Cardinals top Tech in 8AAAAA

Sophomore running back Jake Bear found an opening the first time Alexandria met St. Cloud Tech in the season opener. Bear was one of four Cardinal players to find the end zone in a 39-12 win over Tech in the opening round of the 8-5A playoffs on Tuesday night. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken)

A new start in the postseason can sometimes breathe new life into teams and that's exactly how the Alexandria football team played on Tuesday night after a 1-7 regular season.

The Cardinals put that behind them and opened the Section 8 5A playoffs with a 39-12 dismantling of St. Cloud Tech. The Tigers came into the game missing their program's leading rusher in Jacob Peterson after he broke his leg in the regular-season finale.

The Cardinals' defense dominated much of the night without having to worry about bottling up Peterson. They held Tech to just 35 yards before the break.

That allowed Alexandria to build a 22-0 lead that it never came close to relinquishing. Aaron Steidl got his team going when he caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from John Vogeler in the first quarter. The junior quarterback then added a touchdown of his own after a 57-yard scamper made it 13-0 in the second quarter.

That was just the beginning of a night that saw the Cardinals post their highest point total of the season. Jake Bear and Mitchell Peck added touchdowns and senior kicker Chandler Davis added two field goals.

Tech wasn't able to get on the board until the outcome was already decided in the fourth quarter. Justin Cumberbatch led that defensive effort for Alexandria with 20 tackles, while Nick Knoblach had two interceptions to halt Tiger drives.

It was the most complete game of the season for the Cardinals and an effort they hope to carry over into the section semifinals. They will be on the road tomorrow, Saturday, for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Moorhead. The Spuds are 8-0 and the top seed in the section. Included in that undefeated regular season was a 25-15 win over Alexandria on October 12.


SEEDINGS - 1. Moorhead, 2. Sartell-St. Stephen, 3. St. Cloud Apollo, 4. St. Cloud Tech, 5. Alexandria, 6. Sauk Rapids-Rice.


OCTOBER 23, 7 P.M.

St. Cloud Apollo 26, Sauk Rapids-Rice 9

Alexandria 39, St. Cloud Tech 12



Alexandria at Moorhead, 7 p.m.

Sartell-St. Stephen vs. St. Cloud Apollo at Huskie Stadium, 7 p.m.




7 p.m. - Semifinal winners, St. John's University