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Semipro Football: Lumberjacks land No. 3 seed after loss

Mark Hummell racked up more than 200 passing yards and two touchdowns, but the Brainerd Lumberjacks fell to the top-seeded Minnesota Sting 34-22 in the Midwest Premier League’s regular season final Saturday at Shew Field in Brainerd.

The loss dropped the Lumberjacks to 7-3 on the year and landed them the No. 3 seed in next week’s four-team playoff.

The Sting finished 9-1 and will face the 4-6 Granite City Renegades in the first round of the playoffs.

Brainerd’s Wade Steier led the team with 95 rushing yards, and Ra Ra Jones added 75 receiving yards and a touchdown. Tight end Brad Simpson caught a touchdown pass

Gyangelo Bradden led the Lumberjacks with 12 tackles and Titus Cole and Eric Johnson each notched two sacks.

“It was the highest quality football that the Lumberjacks have played this season,” said Brainerd head coach JJ Kern.

“There was a play or two here and there that could have gone either way. We’re excited, though, that we did some things that we wanted to do. If we make the right adjustments, we can beat that team. We’re excited to play the Titans, a team we split with.

Former Vikings running back Chuck Foreman was in attendance for the game, which drew a crowd of about 300 people.

The second seeded Twin City Titans will host the Lumberjacks in Saturday’s first round.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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