Section 3A Championship
St. Clair 15, Adrian 12
A pair of failed two-point conversions proved to be the difference as St. Clair topped Adrian 15-12 in the Section 3A final Friday afternoon at Mattke Field in Marshall.
St. Clair opened the scoring with 7 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first quarter on a 41-yard run by John Goebel. Nico Groenwold knocked home the extra point to bring the score to 7-0.
Adrian responded with just 3:43 left before halftime when Jordan Dingmann scored from four yards out. The Dragons attempted a two-point conversion, but the pass fell incomplete and left Adrian trailing 7-6 at the half.
Dingmann scored again for the Dragons with 6:24 left in the third quarter, but again the two-point conversion failed.
Adrian led 12-7 until Miklo Miller scored on a 19-yard rush with just over a minute remaining in the game. Goebel burst into the end zone for the conversion to give St. Clair a 15-12 lead.
Goebel had a game-high 136 yards for St. Clair, while Dingmann led Adrian with 75 yards on the ground. Jake Tiede has 17 tackles for Adrian, and Jesse Slater added 12 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
The Dragons end their season with an 8-3 record overall, whereas St. Clair improves to 9-2 on the season. They now await the winner of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, and will play the victor at 7 p.m. on Friday back at Mattke Field.
Section 3AA Championship
JCC 35, Luverne 28
A 59-yard touchdown run by Darick Vancura with 3 minutes, 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference for Jackson County Central in a 35-28 victory over Luverne Friday night in the Section 3AA championship game at Mattke Field in Marshall.
An 8-yard touchdown pass from Brett Heronimus to Josh Slieter earlier in the fourth had given Luverne a 28-27 edge before Vancura's game-winner. Luverne advanced the ball to midfield with 30 seconds left after Vancura's score, but was unable to convert for a score.
The Huskies advance to the state tournament to play Section 4AA champion Mayer Lutheran next Friday at 7 p.m. in Chaska.
Vancura finished the contest with 263 rushing yards on 30 carries with three touchdowns.
Tanner Menke was 10 of 17 passing for 131 yards for the Huskies. Zach Copley had three receptions for 70 yards.
Skyler Wenninger completed 8 of 15 passes for 190 yards for Luverne in defeat. He also carried the ball 13 times for 122 yards.
Section 3 9-man Championship
C-G-B 38, Edgerton/Ellsworth 20
A 16-point second quarter put Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in control of Friday's Section 3 9-man championship Friday against Edgerton/Ellsworth, as C-G-B knocked off the defending state champions in a 38-20 win Friday afternoon at Mattke Field in Marshall.
Damon Gibson was an efficient 8-for-12 passing for 114 yards and two touchdowns for C-G-B. He also carried the ball 17 time for 17 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wolverines improved to 10-0 after the win and move on to face Wheaton/Herman-Norcross in the first round of the state playoffs at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Big Cat Stadium in Morris.
C-G-B's Jason Montonye had a solid night on both sides of the ball, especially defensively. He finished with seven tackles and three interceptions, and on offense he carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards. Logan Nordly had one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown in the win.
Edgerton/Ellsworth ends its season at 9-2 overall. Flying Dutchmen quarterback Isaac Heard was 15 of 19 passing for 180 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss. He also had 12 carries for 83 yards and a score.