The Minnewaska football team moved to 4-0 on Friday night, but a 0-4 Montevideo team pushed the Lakers as much as they have been pushed so far this season.
Minnewaska had outscored its first three opponents by a combined score of 121-26. The Thunder Hawks didn’t let the Lakers run away, but they could not generate any offense against a good Minnewaska defense in a 17-0 shutout.
The Lakers got a first-quarter touchdown from Darion Alexander as he punched one in from a yard out. Drew Nelson then made it a two-possession game when he hit a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter. Grant Jensen put the finishing touches on the win in the fourth quarter with an 18-yard touchdown run.
Minnewaska’s defense stymied Montevideo all night. The Lakers held the Thunder Hawks to just 83 yards of total offense on 42 plays. They created three turnovers with a fumble recovery and interceptions from Jensen and Aaron Ver Steeg.
Tyson Meyer led Minnewaska’s offense with 102 yards on the ground on 14 carries. Jensen and Alexander each had 12 carries for 61 and 51 yards, respectively.
The Lakers will put their undefeated record on the line against another unbeaten team on Sept. 27. Minnewaska goes to BOLD (4-0) for a 7 p.m. kickoff that night.
The Warriors are the defending Mid State (Sub 2) champions after going 13-1 overall and 7-0 in league play in 2018. That included a 54-8 win over the Lakers on Sept. 21, 2018. BOLD’s only loss last fall came in the Class A state title game in a 22-21 contest against Mahnomen-Waubun.
The winner of this Week-5 game will take over sole possession of first place in the district with BOLD and Minnewaska being the only unbeaten teams left in the league.
MONTEVIDEO 0 0 0 0 - 0
MINNEWASKA 7 3 0 7 - 17
SCORING - FIRST QUARTER - Minnewaska - Darion Alexander 1-yard run; Drew Nelson PAT
SECOND QUARTER - Minnewaska - Nelson 26-yard field goal
THIRD QUARTER - No scoring
FOURTH QUARTER - Minnewaska - Grant Jensen 18-yard run; Nelson PAT
TOTALS - Minnewaska - First downs - 10; Rushing yards - 220; Passing yards - 16; Total plays - 53; Penalties - 8-144; Time of possession - 26:17; Montevideo - First downs - 4; Rushing yards - 71; Passing yards - 12; Total plays - 42; Penalties - 7-47; Time of possession - 21:43
MINNEWASKA OFFENSE - Passing - Jensen - 2-11, 16 yards, INT; Receiving - Peyton Johnsrud - 1-8; Aaron Ver Steeg - 1-8; Rushing - Jensen - 12-61, TD; Darion Alexander - 12-51, TD; Tyson Meyer - 14-102; Max Reichmann - 2-6