The Minnewaska football team did enough in the second half to put away Montevideo in the Section 6AAA quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The third-seeded Lakers (7-2) were tied with sixth-seeded Montevideo (2-7) at the half in a 7-7 game. Minnewaska responded with 21 points after the break to take a 28-19 final.
Quarterback Grant Jensen got the offense started for the Lakers in the first quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run before Tyler Blue answered for the Thunder Hawks with an 8-yard score. That’s how they went into the half.
Minnwewaska got the all-important first score after halftime when Max Reichmann punched one in from four yards out. Tyson Meyer then created some distance with a 69-yard touchdown run that made it 21-7 after the Drew Nelson extra point.
Montevideo answered in the fourth quarter with back-to-back touchdown runs from Blue on carries of 60 yards and a yard. A missed extra point and two-point conversion by Montevideo left the Lakers with the lead, and Darion Alexander put the game away with a 48-yard touchdown run that made it 28-19 after Nelson’s fourth straight PAT.
Meyer had another big game for Minnewaska with 147 yards on 16 carries. Alexander and Jensen added 67 and 66 yards, respectively on a night when the Lakers ran for 292 yards.
The win for Minnewaska sets up a match-up at Pierz on Saturday night at 7 in the section semifinals. The Pioneers are 9-0 after dismantling St. Cloud Cathedral (1-8) 57-14 on Tuesday.
MONTEVIDEO 7 0 0 12 - 19
MINNEWASKA 7 0 7 14 - 28
TOTALS - MINNEWASKA - First downs - 14; Rushing - 292 yards; Passing - 42 yards; Penalties - 10-96; Time of possession - 8:18; Montevideo - First downs - 12; Rushing - 206; Passing - 45; Penalties - 4-41; Time of possession - 39:42
MINNEWASKA OFFENSE - PASSING - Grant Jensen - 4-9, 51 yards; RECEIVING - Peyton Johnsrud - 2-18; Aaron Ver Steeg - 1-32; RUSHING - Jensen - 11-66, TD; Darion Alexander - 8-67, TD; Tyson Meyer - 16-147, TD; Max Reichmann - 3-12, TD
MINNEWASKA DEFENSIVE LEADERS - P. Johnsrud - INT; Meyer - INT; Dylan Jerenson - assisted sack; Tyler VanLuik - assisted sack
MINNEWASKA KICKING - Drew Nelson - 4-4 PATs