The Minnewaska football team has had its issues finishing drives with touchdowns this season. But after giving up the first score of the game, the Lakers found the endzone on four consecutive trips to move to 2-3 on the season.
After Eli Fletcher gave the Mainstreeters a 7-0 lead, Minnewaska got the ball rolling with a safety late in the first quarter. On its next possession, Tyson Meyer punched in the one-yard touchdown before Aaron Ver Steeg converted the two-pointer.
On the Laker’s next offensive possession, Mitchell Gruber hit Jackson Stadsvold in stride for a 61-yard touchdown pass to give Minnewaska a 17-7 lead. Minnewaska took a 24-7 lead into the half on Meyer’s second touchdown of the game.
Sauk Centre cut Minnewaska’s lead to nine late in the third quarter, but Stadsvold’s second touchdown of the game and a 27-yard field goal by Isaac Koening secured the win in the fourth quarter.
Meyer had 129 yards rushing on 18 carries with two touchdowns. Stadsvold had two catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in the win. Gruber completed 10 passes for 269 yards.
Minnewaska will host Melrose in the final game of the season on Wednesday.
SAUK CENTRE 7 0 8 0 - 15
MINNEWASKA 2 22 0 9 - 33
SCORING- FIRST QUARTER- Sauk Centre- Eli Fletcher 4-yard TD run (PAT good); Minnewaska- Ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety; Mitchell Gruber- Tyson Meyer 1-yard TD run (Aaron Ver Steeg two-point conversion good); SECOND QUARTER- Minnewaska Gruber 64-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Stadsvold (PAT good); Minnewaska- Meyer 2-yard TD run (PAT good); THIRD QUARTER- Sauk Centre- Nolan Zimmer 9-yard touchdown pass to Jay Neubert (Neubert two-point conversion good); FOURTH QUARTER- Minnewaska- Stadsvold 29-yard touchdown run (two-point conversion no good); Minnewaska- Osaac Koening 27-yard FG good;
TEAM TOTALS- MINNEWASKA- 19 first downs, 256 rushing yards, 269 passing yards, 59 total plays, 525 yards of total offense, 1 fumble, 5-10 third down, 1-3 fourth down; SAUK CENTRE- 16 first downs, 245 rushing yards, 15 passing yards, 59 total plays, 260 total yards, 1 fumble, 4-11 third down, 1-3 fourth down;
MINNEWASKA- PASSING- Mitchell Gruber 10-20, 269 yards, TD; RUSHING- Jackson Stadsvold 1 carry, 29 yards, TD; Mitchell Gruber 8 carries, 49 yards; Aaron Ver Steeg 7 carries, 45 yards; Tyson Meyer 18 carries, 129 yards, 2 TD: Max Reichmann 3 carries, 2 yards; RECEIVING- Stadsvold 2 catches 64 yards, TD; Peyton Johsrud 2 catches 61 yards; Ver Steeg 4 catches, 11 yards; Gage Rogers 1 catch, 19 yards; Reichmann 1 catch, 14 yards