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MOORHEAD—By scoring a memorable upset Friday, the Brainerd Warriors have put themselves in position to be the No 1 seed in the Section 8-5A playoffs later this month. At Jim Gotta Stadium Friday, the Warriors knocked off Class 5A's fourth-ranked Moorhead 35-28 to raise their overall record to 5-2, the same as Moorhead. Sauk Rapids-Rice upset Alexandria 38-36 Friday, meaning Brainerd and Moorhead have the best records (5-2) in the section. And Brainerd should get the No. 1 nod if it defeats Sartell in the regular-season finale, since it defeated the Spuds. "We have those two losses, now this is two for Moorhead, and Alexandria has (3) already, so it's likely (Brainerd gets No. 1) because when you beat a team with a lot of (QRF) points like Moorhead then you gain a lot of points," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said.
With a 2-0 victory In the quarterfinals of the Section 8-2A tournament, the Brainerd Warriors registered a milestone Thursday at Adamson Field. They hope to achieve another benchmark in Saturday's semifinals at top-seeded and Class 2A's fifth-ranked Maple Grove. The Clemson eliminated No. 8 Rogers 10-1 Thursday. Fourth-seeded Brainerd's win over the No. 5 St. Michael-Albertville Knights was only the second playoff victory in program history (2008 was the first). In addition, it was also only Brainerd's second home playoff game (2010 was the other).
It will be another matchup of marquee running backs when the Brainerd Warriors hit the road Friday, Oct. 12, to take on Class 5A's fourth-ranked Moorhead Spuds. Last week, it was the Warriors' Charlie Geraets and Becker's Sidney Boros. Geraets won that matchup with 227 yards and two scores, while Brainerd's defense stymied Boros, limiting him to 11 attempts and 35 yards. Boros entered the game with 703 yards and an 8.1-yard average per rush. Friday, two of the outstate's best running backs will again be on display at Jim Gotta Stadium in Geraets and Moorhead's Otis Weah.
Only four players in the 44-year history of the Brainerd Warrior girls tennis program had notched 100 career victories. Until Oct. 6. Payge Fitterer became the fifth member of the prestigious 100-victory club that day when she won her second-round match during the North Subsection 8-2A Individual Tournament. What made it even more significant for Fitterer was the fact that her sister Ashley Fitterer, a 2016 graduate, is one of the 100-win club members. Ashley finished her Warrior career with a 101-30 record.
Warriors 36, Becker 8 The key: Brainerd intercepted six passes Overall: Brd 4-2, Becker 3-3 Next: Brainerd at Moorhead 7 p.m. Friday BECKER—Charlie Geraets won the battle of No. 28s and Ron Stolski won the duel of 300-game winners. Geraets, Brainerd's senior workhorse, carried the ball 36 times for 227 yards and scored twice, and the Warrior defense intercepted six passes, including four by Brady Anderson, in a 36-8 victory over the Becker Bulldogs at Eppard Field Friday.
Two of the outstate's most prominent football programs, led by legendary head coaches, are set to clash in Becker Friday, Oct. 6. Brainerd's Ron Stolski ranks second on the all-time Minnesota State High School League football wins list with 374 in the midst of his 56th season. Becker's Dwight Lundeen is No. 3 on the list with 351 wins and is in his 47th season. Lundeen is the only football coach Becker has ever had. Lundeen has guided the Bulldogs to 15 state tournaments , three championships and five runner-up finishes. Stolski has directed Brainerd to nine state tournaments with a runner-up finish in 2013.
Sam Miller is the Brainerd Warriors' triple threat. The junior quarterback is Brainerd's top passer, second-leading rusher and top punter. In the passing department, he has 41 completions in 70 attempts for 587 yards and five scores. He's added 115 yards rushing and two TDs. And he has punted 17 times for a 33.8-yard average. Last week, the junior had the best game of his varsity career in a 47-43 homecoming win over Bemidji. He rushed for 94 yards and passed for 203 yards and three scores. He completed 12 of 17 passes (71 percent). And, he punted once for 41 yards and a touchback.
As a Brainerd Warrior sophomore Britney Fletcher earned All-Central Lakes Conference distinction playing No. 1 doubles with 2017 graduate Kennedy Rusk. The tandem compiled a 30-6 record last season and finished third in the subsection tournament before losing what turned out to be their only match at the section tournament. During the offseason, Fletcher prepared herself for the possibility of moving into the singles lineup this fall, playing singles whenever she had an opportunity to do so.
At halftime, someone on the sideline said, "The first one to 45, wins." They were only off by two points. The Brainerd Warriors were the first to 45 and put the finishing touch on a homecoming shootout Saturday at Adamson Field by outlasting the Bemidji Lumberjacks 47-43. It was Brainerd's third victory overall, with all three wins attained after fourth-quarter rallies.
Charlie Geraets ran two yards for a score with 2:24 remaining and the Brainerd Warriors held on for a 47-43 homecoming victory over the Bemidji Lumberjacks Saturday at Adamson Field. Warrior defensive lineman Garret Gardiepy recovered a fumble with 1:35 to play to preserve the victory. It was his second fumble recovery of the game. Bemidji had surged ahead 43-40 with 5:36 left on Alec White's 1-yard run. Wide receiver Ryan Bieberdorf then threw for the 2-point conversion to quarterback Jake Beberg.