Minneapolis North running back Terrance Kamara (2), who scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, rushed the ball as Maple Lake's Jack Klug (21) went in for the tackle in the first half. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • email@example.com
His team trailing 31-30 in the fourth quarter against Maple Lake, Minneapolis North coach Charles Adams told running back Terrance Kamara to “go win this thing for us.”
The 5-9 junior responded with a 72-yard touchdown, one of four fourth-quarter scores by the Polars (9-0) in a come-from-behind 52-43 victory Saturday in a Class 2A, Section 4 semifinal at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis.
Kamara scored twice in the fourth quarter. Rio Sanders returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score after Maple Lake had taken a 31-22 lead with 10:13 to play on a hook-and-ladder touchdown pass to Ben Reilley from Ben Clapp. Sanders also caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Zach Yeager late in the quarter.
“The whole game we were saying, ‘We’ve got to fight,’ ” Sanders said. “And we fought like we said.”
Maple Lake (7-3) led 15-8 at halftime and 23-22 after three quarters. The teams combined for 50 points in the fourth quarter.Sanders caught three touchdown passes from Yeager, who also threw a score to Dominic McMillian. Elisha Jackson Jr. set up Yeager’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Sanders with an interception with 4:32 to go.
“Once the team gets going, it’s hard to stop us,” Kamara said.
The Irish’s Aiden Staloch caught a touchdown pass and Reilley rushed for a score, caught one and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
“The kids never quit,” Maple Lake coach Tim Knudsen said.
Minneapolis North's Terrance Kamara rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Polars rallied from behind in the second half to defeat Maple Lake 52-43 in a Class 2A, Section 4 semifinal at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis.
Kamara's first fourth-quarter touchdown went for 72 yards and gave the Polars a 38-31 lead with 7:18 left. His second, a 29-yarder, gave North a 44-37 lead with 4:46 to go.
North's Mario Sanders returned a fourth-quarter kickoff for a touchdown and caught a 44-yard touchdown pass with 2:27 left in the quarter that gave the Polars a two-score lead. Elisha Jackson Jr. set up the score with an interception with 4:32 to go.
Yeager finished with four touchdown passes. Three went to Sanders and one went to Dominic McMillian.
Maple Lake led 15-8 at halftime and built a 31-22 lead early in the fourth quarter. Ben Clapp rushed for a touchdown and threw for four. Aiden Staloch caught a touchdown pass, and Ben Reilley rushed for a score, caught one and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
North, the top seed in Section 4, moved to 9-0 on the year. Maple Lake, the section's No. 4 seed, finished the year 7-3. It was the Irish's third consecutive season-ending loss against the Polars.
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