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MLA beats Hancock for 9-Man championship

MINNEAPOLIS -- Senior quarterback Abraham Stoesz rushed for 140 yards on 22 carries and scored a 5-yard touchdown with 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter as Mountain Lake Area defeated Hancock 22-14 for the Minnesota state 9-Man football championship Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Wolverines -- who placed second in 2018 -- rushed for 241 yards and passed for 92.

Hancock scored the game's first two touchdowns, the first coming on a 5-yard pass from Preston Rohloff to Daniel Milander in the second quarter, and the second by way of a 32-yard interception return by Matt Thompson. But Mountain Lake Area scored two times in the second quarter to take a 14-14 tie into halftime. Mace Herrig scored on a 2-yard run and Adam Karschnik scored on an 11-yard pass from Stoesz.

Stoesz's 5-yard TD run was the only tally for either team in the second half. Senior wide receiver Brett Willaby caught a 2-point conversion.

Herrig finished with 97 yards rushing on 25 carries. Stoesz completed six of 13 passes for 92 yards, with two interceptions. Willaby caught three passes for 47 yards.

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Hancock had just 155 total yards in the game.

Hancock 0 14 0 0 -- 14

Mountain Lake Area 0 14 8 0 -- 22

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