Section 3 9-Man: MLA wins second showdown with Edgerton/Ellsworth
MOUNTAIN LAKE — Saturday was a tale of two halves for Mountain Lake Area in a big high school football rematch against 9-man foe Edgerton/Ellsworth.
The second-seeded Wolverines trailed 6-0 at halftime on their home turf and rallied to roll up a 20-12 win. MLA earned its second win this season over E/E and moved itself into a section final game next Friday with top-seeded Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in Marshall. C-G-B beat Hills-Beaver Creek 62-16 Saturday to earn another game from the section’s opposite semifinal game.
“This was a big win because we had gotten up 22-0 the first time we played them,” MLA coach Tim Kirk said. “They did a great job of adjusting to what we do and came ready to play.”
Edgerton/Ellsworth held a 6-0 lead before halftime, scoring in the second frame on an eight yard keeper by quarterback Nate Paulsen. MLA answered, scoring the game’s next two times on a one yard keeper from quarterback Carter Kirk and a two yard touchdown run by tailback Andrew Hempeck.
The Flying Dutchmen closed the gap to just two points in the fourth quarter, on a one yard keeper from Paulsen. MLA then found itself pinned deep in its own territory, but converted the first down. Kirk then hit junior Eric Wenner on a 79 yard touchdown pass to finish off the win.
Hempeck led the Wolverines with 22 carries for 121 yards to go with four catches and 53 yards receiving. Kirk had 15 keepers for 43 yards and tossed for nine completions and 190 yards.
“We hadn’t been behind all year and we had the wind at our backs after halftime,” coach Kirk said. “It was an exciting game and it is tough to beat a team like them twice.”
Edgerton/Ellsworth ends its season at 8-2 and MLA improves to 10-0.
E/E 0 6 0 6 — 12
MLA 0 0 14 6 — 20
C-G-B 62, H-BC 16
GRACEVILLE —Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley used a big first half to outlast Hills-Beaver Creek 62-16 and punch its ticket for a section final battle.
C-G-B led 22-0 after the opening frame. H-BC earned its way onto the board midway through the second quarter on a one yard run by senior Dylan Gehrke. Senior tailback Caleb Vis scored on a three yard rush in the third quarter to round out scoring for the Patriots.
Gehrke was 17-for-32 through the air with 206 yards and a pair of interceptions. Braden Ellingson had nine catches for 71 yards. Cooper Vaughn added two catches for 99 yards to MLA’s effort. Carey Taubert had four catches for 32 yards as the Patriots were held to missed opportunities on both sides of the ball.
C-G-B mounted an unstoppable run game against H-BC that proved difficult to stop. It finished with 563 yards on the day with all of it coming on the ground. C-G-B was 0-for-1 through the air.
“We got banged up with injuries this season but our guys kept responding. Today C-G-B was too much for us to handle, but we had a great year,” H-BC coach Rex Metzger said. “We lost a lot of guys from last year and finished over .500 this year. Our guys can be happy about that.”
H-BC 0 8 8 0 — 16
C-G-B 22 22 18 0 — 62