High School Football: Albany blows out Pierz in Section Final

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SAUK CENTRE — Nolan Rueter of Albany rushed for four touchdowns and Pierz managed just five total yards from scrimmage as the No. 1 Huskies defeated the No. 1 Pioneers 41-8 in the Section 6-3A championship.

Michael Burggraff scored the lone touchdown for Pierz on a two yard run in the fourth quarter.

Pierz is the defending Class 3A State champion and three-time defending section champion, although the Pioneers have won seven straight section titles. The first four in this string of titles were for Section 5.

Pierz and Albany have faced each other just twice. Both times were in the playoffs. The first time Pierz beat Albany 9-0 in the Class 3A state quarterfinals in 2015. The second time was in last year’s section championship game where Pierz beat Albany 42-22.

The Huskies yielded just 8.8 points per game for the season.


Pierz 0 0 0 8 - 8
Albany 6 22 7 6 - 41

First quarter
A-Nolan Rueter 1 run (conversion failed) 8:05

Second quarter
A-Andrew Hahn fumble recovery in end zone (Rueter run) 10:00
A-Rueter 25 run (conversion failed) 5:24
A-Rueter 4 run (Rueter run) 0:46


Third quarter
A-Rueter 4 run (Will Mergen kick) 7:59

Fourth quarter
A-Carter Birr 4 run (kick failed) 4:35
P-Michael Burggraff 2 run (Mitchell Smude) 2:51

Team statistics
Rushes-yards: Prz 26-(-16), A 59-398
Pass comp-att-int-yds: Prz 4-14-1-21, A 0-3-0-0
Total offense: Prz 5, A 398

Individual leaders
Rushing: Prz-Ross Boser 4-12
Passing: Prz-Noah Cekalla 4-14-1-21
Receiving: Prz-Michael Leidenfrost 3-16, Ben Virnig 1-5
Overall: Prz 7-1.
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