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AREA FOOTBALL: Aitkin upsets No. 3-seeded Titans 18-8

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COLERAINE — Oct. 23 has to be the Aitkin Gobblers‘ lucky day.

The 1-7 Gobblers had not won a playoff game since Oct. 23, 2007 when they upset Virginia 38-16.


On Tuesday night, Oct. 23, sixth-seeded Aitkin upset the No. 3 Greenway/Nashwauk/Keewatin Titans 18-8 in the Section 7-3A quarterfinals.

The Titans took the opening kickoff and drove the length of the field to take an early 8-0 lead, but that’s when the Gobblers hunkered down and took over the game, according to Aitkin coach Gordy Forsberg.

Adam Bast scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter and Peter Zasmeta hauled in a 75-yard scoring pass from Jake Lynn to put Aitkin up 12-8 at the half.

Lyle Nyberg finished the scoring with a 45-yard interception return in the third.

Next up for Aitkin is a 2 p.m. Saturday semifinal game with the No. 2-seeded Esko Eskimos, a team they lost to 16-14 Oct. 12.

Aitkin 0 12 6 0 — 18

Greenway-N/K 8 0 0 0 — 8

Second quarter

A-Adam Bast 5 run

A-Peter Zasmeta 75 pass from Jake Lynn

Third quarter

A-Lyle Nyberg 45 pass interception return

Overall: A 2-7. Next: No. 6 Aitkin at No. 2 Esko in Section 7-3A semifinals 2 p.m. Saturday.