Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
Sec. 5AA Championship
(1) Paynesville Area 56, (2) Minnewaska Area 0
COLLEGEVILLE – Paynesville forced six turnovers and outgained Minnewaska 494-108 on their way to a 56-0 rout in the section 5AA championship game from St. Johns University on Friday.
The Bulldogs were 5-5 on fourth down conversions in the first half, including two on the game’s opening drive which ended with quarterback Max Weidner’s three-yard touchdown plunge to put the Bulldogs up 6-0.
Weidner added a one-yard touchdown with 6:30 left in the first half, Paynesville then recovered an onside kick and on the next play Daltin Christensin ripped off a 51-yard touchdown run.
After forcing a three-and-out, Weidner hit Mitchell Schlangen for a 47-yard pass to set up another touchdown run. Another quick Lakers punt led to a 41-yard touchdown pass to Schlangen on the final play of the first half, giving the Bulldogs a 36-0 halftime lead.
The dominance continued in the second half with the Bulldogs turning two Lakers turnovers into two more touchdowns, before Zach Schroeder added a 41-yard scoring run late in the quarter.
Weidner finished 12-24 for 264 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, Christinsen ran for 132 and a score on 11 carries as the Bulldogs improved to 8-2. They face Pillager in the state quarterfinals on Friday.
Ryan Amundson was 0-7 with three interceptions and lost two fumbles, Tyson Meyer was bottled up for just 17 yards rushing. Meyer and Tyler VanLuik led the defense with eight tackles each as their season ended with a mark of 8-3.
Sec. 6AA Championship
(1) Pillager 30, (2) Osakis 16
Sec. 5A Championship
(1) BOLD 49, (2) Minneota 7
Sec. 4 (9-Man) Championship
(1) Verndale 12, (2) Underwood 0
Sec. 6AAA Championship
(1) Pierz 44, (2) New London-Spicer 6
Sec. 8AAAA Championship
(2) Willmar 50, (1) Detroit Lakes 28
Class 6A State Tournament Second Round
(1) Blaine 34, (4) Prior Lake 7
(3) Eastview 27, (2) East Ridge 17
(1) Eden Prairie 31, (4) Mounds View 14
(3) Minnetonka 13, (2) Rosemount 10
(1) Woodbury 16, (4) Wayzata 14
(6) Lakeville South 43, (2) Champlin Park 34
(3) St. Michael-Albertville 29, (2) Edina 28
(1) Lakeville North 21, (4) Maple Grove 13