My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University.
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Pierz 55, Jordan 26 Key: Pierz rushed for 421 yards and held Jordan to just 117 yards passing Overall: Prz 12-0, J 9-4 Next: Pierz vs. St. Croix Lutheran/Pequot Lakes winner for Class 3A State Championship at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis 1 p.m. Saturday MINNEAPOLIS—They begged them to run. The No. 2-ranked Pierz Pioneers pleaded and tempted the Jordan Hubmen to run the ball and by the time Jordan found rushing success it was already trailing 34-0 in Saturday's Class 3A State Semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium.
It's No. 1 ranked vs. unranked. It's perennial state participant vs. first-time state semifinalist. But at this point it's anyone's guess how the top-ranked St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders and Pequot Lakes Patriots match up on the field. Fans will find out 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Class 3A state semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Leo Pohlkamp had to go back to Nov. 18, 2003. That's the last time the head coach's Pierz Pioneers played against a quarterback with numbers similar to Jordan QB Jonathan Draheim. It was the 2003 Class 2A state semifinals, and Pierz faced Breck, which rostered Liam O'Hagen. The future Harvard QB threw for 406 yards against the Pioneers during a 47-13 defeat of Pierz.
Friday's Class 2A state swimming prelims could hold even more surprises for Brainerd Warriors head coach Dan Anderson. That's how the coach felt after his 200-yard freestyle relay dropped six seconds from its best time in the regular season to finish second in the Section 8-2A meet and advance to the state tournament. The foursome of Jamie Wallace, Jacquilyn Rude, Katie Streiff and Madelynn Gibbons swam a 1:39.38.
Pierz's defense came to play Saturday. And so did its offense as the second-ranked and unbeaten Pioneers ran past the ninth-ranked Proctor Rails 42-13 in the Class 3A state quarterfinals at Brainerd High School. Pierz rushed for 296 yards against a team that only allowed 811 rushing yards in its first 10 games.
Three of the eight teams in the Class 3A state tournament faced each other before the season even began. Two of those teams will square off in the state quarterfinal as the Pequot Lakes Patriots face the Mora Mustangs 3 p.m. Saturday at Alexandria High School. Both teams started the 2017 campaign with a scrimmage at Pierz. The Pioneers will face Proctor on the other side of the 3A bracket.
Two top-ranked defenses will square off Saturday when the Pierz Pioneers face the Proctor Rails in the Class 3A state quarterfinals at Brainerd High School. Pierz, ranked No. 2 in the Quality Results Formula, is allowing a Class 3A-best 6.7 points per game. That includes last week's 40-14 blowout of New London-Spicer in the Section 6-3A title game. That victory improved Pierz to 10-0 and advanced it to its fifth straight state tournament and 14th trip in program history. "What we see on film with Pierz is a big, strong team that's well coached," said Proctor head coach Derek Parendo. "They're well disciplined. They don't run many different plays, but the plays they do run are well executed.
Right off the bat, football fans will get a No. 1 vs. No. 3 matchup Friday as top-ranked Spring Grove faces No. 3 Verndale in the Nine-Man state quarterfinals. Spring Grove was ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll as well as in the Quality Results Formula. Verndale held the No. 3 spot in both rankings. Both teams enter with an 11-0 record. Spring Grove's last state trip was in 2011. This will be the third state trip for the Lions, who outscored opponents 48.5 to 18.7.
FARGO—If North Dakota State University needs a quarterback of the future, the Bison need look no further than in their own home building Friday. West Central senior quarterback Ross Anderson threw for five first-half touchdowns and 291 yards on 11 of 14 passing to build a 34-8 halftime lead, which resulted in the No. 2-seeded Knights upsetting No. 1 seed and defending Section 6-2A champion Pillager Huskies 42-38 at the Fargodome. Anderson's first pass went for a 61-yard touchdown and he and the Knights just kept adding to it.
For the first time since 2009, the Staples-Motley Cardinals boys team is back at the state cross country meet, which kicks off 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. And, judging by the roster, this could be the start of a sustained run similar to S-M's run of 13 straight appearances from 1995-2007 that included seven state titles. The Cardinals are led by freshman Emmet Anderson, who won the Section 6-1A individual title in 16:38.6 to lead S-M to the team title. Anderson was followed by sophomore Hunter Klimek, who finished 10th. Freshman Tanner Robben finished 19th. Junior Ben Bartczak placed 35th and junior Bentley Christensen was 37th.