Mountain Lake Area’s designs on a state high school football championship stayed on track Friday night. But Pipestone Area’s attempt ended in the quarterfinals of the Class AA tourney.
MLA, ranked No. 1 in Minnesota state 9-Man, rolled over Grand Meadow 42-12 in Austin in its state quarterfinal game, building up a 20-0 lead in the first half and shutting out the Superlarks until the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines’ outstanding senior quarterback, Abraham Stoesz, had a hand in five touchdowns. He scored on a 35-yard run, a 1-yard run, a 45-yard run and a 5-yard run while also throwing a 21-yard scoring pass to Ethan Nickel. Micah Holmberg had MLA’s final touchdown on a 1-yard run.
The unbeaten Mountain Lake Area squad advances to the semifinals next Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The opponent will be Win-E-Mac, which beat Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 48-6 in its quarterfinal contest.
Pipestone Area had a much tougher time with the Caledonia Warriors in AA. The Warriors -- four-time defending state champions -- won their 66th straight game Friday at Rochester Mayo High School by outscoring the Arrows 56-14.
PA scored first, going 65 yards on its opening drive, which culminated in a 25-yard JT Tinklenberg touchdown pass. But Caledonia scored 49 unanswered points to lead 49-6 at halftime.
The Arrows’ only other score came late in the third quarter on a 61-yard pass from Tinklenberg to Tyson Wacker.
Caledonia substituted players freely in the second half. The Warriors’ first half statistics were eye-popping. Quarterback Noah King completed 11 of 15 passes for 327 yards and six touchdowns, and he also rushed six times for 87 yards and a score.
By halftime, Caledonia had already rolled up 409 yards of total offense.