State Football: Late score propels Pierz to state title

Mattias Algarin on the carry for the Pierz Pioneers in the Class 3A Championship Game against Dassel-Cokato Saturday, Nov. 30, at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Pioneers won 28-27 with Algarin scoring the game-winning touchdown. Bill Johnson / Picture Day Pro!

MINNEAPOLIS — Mattias Algrain’s third touchdown of the game with 38 second remaining clinched the Class 3A state title for the Pierz Pioneers 28-27 over the Dassel-Cokato Chargers Saturday, Nov. 30, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Algarin finished with 165 yards rushing on 22 carries and three touchdowns. Michael Leidenfrost also was over 100 yards rushing and scored one touchdown for Pierz.

For the Chargers, Eli Gillman with 187 all purpose yards and two total touchdowns. Sanders Asplin also rushed for over 100 yards and had one touchdown.

Dan Saehr finishes his first season as head coach 14-0 and state champion.

Dassel-Cokato 14 7 6 0 -- 27
Pierz 7 7 8 6 -- 28


First quarter
DC-Eli Gillman 71 run touchdown (Sanders Asplin kick) 10:08
Prz-Mattias Algarin 2 run touchdown (Maverick Kowalczyk kick) 5:32
DC-Gillman 37 pass from Asplin (Asplin kick) 0:50
Second quarter
Prz-Algarin 44 run (Kowalczyk kick) 10:13
DC-Josh DeBoer 3 run (Asplin kick) 1:19
Third quarter
Prz-Michael Leidenfrost 4 run (Leidenfrost run) 4:45
DC-Asplin 32 run (pass failed) 0:24
Fourth quarter
Prz-Algarin 2 run (pass failed) 0:38

Team statistics
Rushes-yards: Prz 47-302, DC 52-333
Pass comp-att-int-yds: Prz 5-8-1-65, DC 2-7-0-50
Total offense: Prz 55-367, DC5 7-383

Individual leaders
Rushing: Prz-Mattias Algarin 22-165, Michael Leidenfrost 18-101, Blake Kowalczyk 5-32, Issac Otte 2-7; DC-Eli Gillman 20-150, Sanders Asplin 14-105, Josh Deboer 12-44, Cole Evjen 7-27
Passing: Prz-Peter Schommer 5-8-1-65; DC-Sanders Asplin 2-7-0-50
Receiving: Prz-Mattias Algarin 2-44, Michael Leidenfrost 2-15, Isaac Otte 1-6; DC-Eli Gillman 1-37, Joel Selseth 1-13
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