There is a common saying in sports that you don’t want to wake a sleeping giant. However, you may have a problem if the giant is wide awake when it meets you. That is what the Itasca Vikings had to face on Friday night as the Central Lakes College Raiders came out strong after an eight day lay off and put away the Vikings in three straight sets, 25-12, 25-9, and 25-20.
THIEF RIVER FALLS — The Central Lakes College Raiders are returning to the MCAC state championship game thanks to a dominant defensive performance and another solid day from their offense as they defeated Northland 33-6 on a sunny Saturday afternoon. CLC allowed the Pioneers just 140 total yards of offense, and held them off the scoreboard until the 7-minute mark of the fourth quarter. Offensively, CLC totaled 395 yards, including 295 through the air from quarterback Andrew Johnson.
Three weeks ago host Central Lakes College Raiders found themselves in a 27-7 first half hole against Minnesota West. They were able to extricate themselves from that to win 50-39. The Raiders, seeded second in the Southern Dvision, made sure that much drama would not be needed in the rematch as they put 32 points on the scoreboard in the first half and came away with a 55-26 win Saturday in their state quarterfinal game against the Blue Jays, seeded third in the South.
Quarterback Andrew Johnson scored the winning touchdown with 14 seconds left, capping a 93-yard drive, as the Central Lakes College Raiders rallied for a 28-21 win over the Ridgewater Warriors in the final game of the regular season Saturday at Findorff Field. With the win, CLC secured a share of the Southern Division title with Rochester and Minnesota West. Minnesota West stunned previously unbeaten Rochester 32-24 on Saturday. All three schools finished 3-1 in division play.
Led by sophomore quarterback Andrew Johnson, the Central Lakes College Raiders’ offense was facing a wet field and a 20-point deficit in a key Southern Division matchup against Minnesota West on Saturday afternoon. Having just coughed up the ball three times in their own territory, and after having seen the Blue Jays score 20 straight points against them, the Raiders’ offense got the ball on their 26-yard-line with 7:21 left in the second quarter.
BARROWS — Cody Hahn and Scotty Thiel claimed victories in the two-day Mighty Axe Nationals races at North Central Speedway over Labor Day weekend. Hahn raced past Chris Graf and Lou Kennedy Jr. to take first place in the 25-lap event Saturday night. Race night was delayed by rain so the Challenge Races were cancelled. On Sunday, Scotty Thiel bested Kennedy Jr. and Thomas Kennedy to get the win. With one race left in the season, Graf has a 59-point lead in the points race with Jason Tostenson second and Hahn third. UMSS Sprints Aug. 31 Results
Some of the faces were different, but the effort and the outcome was the same as the Central Lakes College Raiders extended their winning streak to 11 with a 34-6 season-opening win over Fond du Lac Saturday in Brainerd. The Raiders accumulated 541 total yards of offense and their defense held Fond du Lac to 227 total yards. ”We executed very well,” said sophomore quarterback Andrew Johnson. “We came out and ran the ball, which was what we wanted to do and mixed it in with the pass. We had a good balance and we hit the big plays.
Aug. 23, 2012, seems like a long time ago. On that night, the Central Lakes College Raiders lost their opening game to Northland 30-28 on a last-second field goal. They also lost Taz Seibert, their top running back, to injury in the game. That is also the last time CLC lost a game as the Raiders went on a 10-game winning streak to finish the 2012 campaign as MCAC state champions with a 10-1 record.
BARROWS — Saturday night was track championship night at North Central Speedway, and the end of an incredible racing season for Shane Sabraski. Driving the 7A car, Sabraski took points titles in the Midwest Modified, Super Stock, and A-Modified classes, and also claimed a win in the A-Modified feature.
On Oct. 27, 2012, the Northern Division champion Central Lakes College Raiders, with a record of 13-1, faced Northland as their only barricade in the way of a return to the NJCAA Division III national tournament. It was not meant to be as Northland turned away CLC in a three-game sweep and moved on to the nationals at Rochester. The loss was a crushing one for the Raiders. Head coach Jane Peterson, entering her 23rd season with a 507-226 record, believes the loss is a strong motivator for her and the returning sophomores.