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A monster victory has changed the complexion of the Brainerd Warriors' conference championship and postseason aspirations. Friday's 56-21 win over the previously unbeaten and Class 5A's seventh-ranked Moorhead Spuds vaulted the Warriors into the Central Lakes Conference North Division title picture. If they beat the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks in the final game of the regular season Wednesday night, and if Moorhead defeats 5A's unbeaten and third-ranked Bemidji Lumberjacks, the Warriors will secure a share of their fifth straight CLC title. Bemidji is 4-0 in CLC play and Brainerd and Moorhead are each 3-1.
GRAND RAPIDS - Credit the Moorhead Spuds with an assist. On Wednesday night, the Spuds handed previously unbeaten Bemidji its only loss in the final game of the regular season, 52-25 at Moorhead. Moorhead's victory, coupled with Bemidj's loss and Brainerd's 52-7 trouncing of the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks on Wednesday night, gives the Warriors a share of their fifth straight Central Lakes Conference championship. Brainerd, Bemidji and Moorhead all finished 4-1 in conference play. "You know what our deal is always, be better at the end. Maybe once in the last 10 years we haven't," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said. "We had a chance to play a lot of kids tonight. The kids played well, they played hard. It's a great way to be going into the playoffs."
To say the Brainerd Warriors were ready to play would be an understatement. The unheralded Warriors were breathing fire from the opening kickoff and they went out and stunned unbeaten and Class 5A's fifth-ranked Moorhead Spuds 56-21 Friday night at Adamson Field.
Warriors vs. Moorhead When: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 Where: Adamson Field, Brainerd Last meeting: Brainerd won 26-23 in overtime The series: Moorhead leads 14-12 Twitter: @bertsballpark Radio: KLIZ-AM (1380) Web stream: www.brainerdradio.net . In their first six games, the Brainerd Warriors have run into a bundle of talented skill position players. • Willmar's Michael Heitzman rushed for 211 yards and two TDs and Cardinals quarterback Augustine Hahn passed for 117 and three scores. • St. Cloud Apollo quarterback Ben Alvord threw for 250 yards and two TDs.
Paul Augustinack Sport: Football Position: Running back Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-9 Other sports: Baseball Career highlight: Hitting walk-off single to beat Nebraska team in Cal Ripken Baseball 12-U region tournament Grade-point average: 4.0 Favorite class: Principles of Engineering Favorite food: Steak, potatoes Favorite movie: "Divergent" Favorite TV show: "ESPN SportsCenter" Favorite website: Twitter Hobbies: Photography Future plans: Attend college, major in business or engineering Favorite football player: Adrian Peterson Parents: Ginger Augustinack & the late Steven
BEMIDJI – In a 28-12 victory at Rocori last week, Bemidji's Logan Hatfield ran wild, slashing through the Spartans for 235 yards and four touchdowns. The junior was at his slashing best again Friday night in a Central Lakes Conference North Division game against the Brainerd Warriors in a snowstorm at Bemidji State University. He carried 34 times for 248 yards and five scores and the Lumberjacks rode him to a 40-14 win over Brainerd.
The next two games will probably be the most stringent challenges of the regular season for the Brainerd Warriors. Friday night the Warriors travel to Bemidji to take on Class 5A's third-ranked and unbeaten Bemidji Lumberjacks. Next week, the Warriors will host 5A's sixth-ranked and once-beaten Moorhead Spuds of Section 8-5A.
Taylor Streiff Sport: Football Position: Inside linebacker Year: Senior Age: 17 Height: 6-2 Other sports: Baseball Career highlight: Playing in 2013 Class 5A Prep Bowl football championship game Grade-point average: 3.2 Favorite class: Woodworking, physical education Favorite food: Everything Favorite movie: "Friday Night Lights" Favorite TV show: "Breaking Bad" Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, Future plans: Attend college, possibly major in business Favorite athlete: Ray Lewis Parents: Brett & Mary Streiff Taylor Streiff has been a source of strife for opposing offenses. The Bra
A victory in their final regular-season game Thursday at Willmar would have guaranteed the Brainerd Warriors the Central Lakes Conference championship. Brainerd wrapped up the title two days earlier with a 3-0 win over the Fergus Falls Otters Tuesday night at Adamson Field. The Warriors have 11.5 CLC points and second-place Sartell, which lost to Sauk Rapids 3-1 Tuesday, has 10 points heading into its final conference game Thursday, which is a 1-point game. "That's what we're shooting for," Warriors coach Grant Gmeinder said before learning Brainerd had won the title. "We've got one more conference game, one more opportunity to take home the conference. We're excited about that. We're excited to go to Willmar. It will be a long trip, but we'll be ready for it."