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Updated: JCC Huskies football bested by Barnesville Trojans in state semifinal round

Trojans fullback John Roller ran for 140 yards and two scores as Barnesville improved to 12-0 and qualified for next week’s Prep Bowl.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Jackson County Central Huskies have made many big plays throughout this football season.

But on Friday morning in the Class 2A state semifinals, it was the Barnesville Trojans who made more of them.

Barnesville had five touchdowns of 30 yards or more and rolled up more than 450 yards of total offense en route to a 41-12 victory over the Huskies at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Trojans fullback John Roller ran for 140 yards and two scores as Barnsville improved to 12-0 and qualified for next week’s Prep Bowl.

Coach Tom Schuller’s JCC Huskies finished with an 11-1 record. The veteran head coach earned his 200th coaching victory last week in the state quarterfinals as JCC defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 27-0.

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“We had a dream season,” Schuller said. “Very rarely as a coach do you feel you get every ounce out of a team during the year. I felt we did with this team. Barnesville was just physically better than us. They are big and strong. They have incredible depth for a 2A team.”

On Friday, Barnesville led from start to finish. The Trojans went ahead on their first possession as Roller dashed 39 yards to score.

It was 14-0 when JCC’s Ben Dahlin returned a kickoff 89 yards to the house to thrill the Huskies’ fans.

But Barnesville answered right back as less than a minute later Roller rambled 61 yards to make it 21-6.

JCC freshman quarterback Roman Voss scored on a 49-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as the Huskies rallied to within 28-12. But Barnesville scored twice more and sailed to victory, rushing for nearly 360 yards in the process.

Quarterback Zach Bredman had more than 200 yards of total offense, including a 77-yard touchdown toss to Gregg Dawson that provided a 35-12 lead.

For JCC, Gabriel Wolff ran for 81 yards. Voss rushed for 83 yards and passed for 105

Schuller said defeat wasn’t on his mind Friday. Only gratitude.

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“Our coaching staff is very thankful for how coachable these players were,” he said. “We are also very appreciative of the job our athletic director did in taking care of a lot things to make our state tournament run enjoyable. The efforts of my wife and Robin Medill in getting fan buses ready were also appreciated by the fans, cheerleaders, players and coaches. We also owe our gratitude to the numerous donations from individuals and businesses to help us.

“I have been very privileged to coach in this community for 34 years. 200 wins is a tribute to the great coaches I have. I was also extremely fortunate to have the best coach and mentor to work with me. (Hall of Fame Coach Tyrone Wacker) He gave countless time and answered the unending questions I would have. He always knew the right time to push and challenge and the right time to pat me on the back.

“God has blessed our community with some great football junkies. What a great job to have. I get to coach with my best friend (Wade Wacker, offensive coordinator), my son Nolan (Defensive Coordinator) a linebacker coach who has tackled Earl Campbell (Jay Moore) and a Hall of Fame SDSU player (assistant coach Charlie Clarksean) just to name a few.”

The history of Jackson County Central football is glorious. And, said Schuller, the future is bright.

“I look forward to the challenge of maintaining the winning tradition here,” Schuller said. “We lose some great players, but have talent returning. We will need to and will get in the weight room to improve our size and strength.

“We love football in Jackson County. We are looking forward to another great year next year.”

Jackson County Central 0 6 6 0 — 12

Barnesville 7 14 14 6 — 41

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Original post:
MINNEAPOLIS — The Jackson County Central Huskies have made many big plays throughout this football season.
But on Friday morning in the Class 2A state semifinals, it was the Barnesville Trojans who made more of them.
Barnesville had five touchdowns of 30 yards or more and rolled up more than 450 yards of total offense en route to a 41-12 victory over the Huskies at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Fullback John Roller ran for 140 yards and two scores as the Trojans improved to 12-0 and qualified for next week’s Prep Bowl.
Coach Tom Schuller’s JCC Huskies finished with an 11-1 record. The veteran head coach earned his 200th coaching victory last week in the state quarterfinals as JCC defeated Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 27-0.
On Friday, Barnesville led from start to finish. The Trojans went ahead on their first possession as Roller dashed 39 yards to score.
It was 14-0 when JCC’s Ben Dahlin returned a kickoff 89 yards to the house to thrill the Huskies’ fans.
But Barnesville answered right back as less than a minute later Roller rambled 61 yards to make it 21-6.
JCC freshman quarterback Roman Voss scored on a 49-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as the Huskies rallied to within 28-12. But Barnesville scored twice more and sailed to victory, rushing for nearly 360 yards in the process.
Quarterback Zach Bredman had more than 200 yards of total offense, including a 77-yard touchdown toss to Gregg Dawson that provided a 35-12 lead.
For JCC, Gabriel Wolff ran for 81 yards. Voss rushed for 83 yards and passed for 105.

Jackson County Central 0 6 6 0 — 12
Barnesville 7 14 14 6 — 41

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