Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
Section 4 (9-Man) Championship
(1) Hancock 24, (2) Brandon-Evansville 16
FARGO – Preston Rohloff hit Daniel Milander for a five-yard touchdown with 19 seconds remaining to give the Hancock Owls a 24-16 victory over Brandon-Evansville in the section 4 9-Man championship on Friday from the Fargodome.
It capped a back-and-forth battle between two of the best teams in the state, in a game where the outcome hung in the balance until the final seconds.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Chargers got on the board with the first play in the second quarter with a reverse to Kyle Schaffrin who scored from 21 yards out. After the two-point conversion the Chargers led 8-0.
Hancock responded with a rushing attack that got them into Charger territory, when Rohloff hit Milander down the middle for a 39-yard touchdown. The Owls tied it with the conversion at eight apiece.
The game remained tied at eight entering the fourth quarter when Rohloff hit Brandon Kellenberger on a back corner touchdown pass from nine-yards out, giving the Owls a 16-8 lead.
This time it was the Chargers who had an answer, driving deep into Owls territory before being face with a fourth-and-four from the 14 yard line. Keagan Schiele rolled out to his right and flipped a pass to a wide open Marshall Riedel who ran into the end zone. The two-point conversion tied the game at 16 with 3:13 remaining.
Hancock’s offense answered the bell once again, with the biggest drive of the season. Using a combination pass and run, the Owls were able to get down the five yard line when Rohloff connected with Milander for the game-winning score.
Rohloff finished 8-13 for 105 yards and three touchdowns, with Milander hauling in four catches for 64 yards and two scores, Kellenberger added four receptions for 40 and a touchdown.
Tyler Timmerman ran 22 times for 136 yards, while Dalton Rose anchored the defense with nine tackles.
The Owls are now 11-0 on the season and will face section 2 champion Renville County West in the state quarterfinals. The game will be on Friday, Nov. 8th at 7:00 pm from Buffalo High School. You can hear the action on 95.7 KKOK.
Marshall Riedel carried 13 times for 69 yards for the Chargers, Schiele finished 5-12 for 36 yards and a touchdown, rushing for another 39. Tanner Bitzan led all players with 11 tackles. Brandon-Evansville finishes the year 9-2 as the section runner-up.