Unreal finish to an instant classic game this afternoon in the @MSHSL football quarterfinal on @MNPrepSpotlight. Moorhead drives 99 yards in 40 seconds to take a 55-52 lead with 13 seconds left, but @ElkRiverElksFB does this as time expires: pic.twitter.com/XjqA3nDzSU— Erik Bremer (@Erik_Bremer) November 10, 2019
Move over, Minneapolis Miracle. It’s the Monticello Miracle that’s the new game-winning touchdown pass in town.
Fans in Monticello’s Memorial Stadium who stayed despite Saturday’s wind and rain were treated to a Class 5A semifinal that everyone there will remember, as a 57-yard touchdown pass from Elk River senior quarterback Beau Ruby to junior running back Carter Otto in the closing seconds stunned Moorhead in a 58-55 Elks’ win.
After Moorhead went ahead for the first time on a Trey Feeney pass to Blake Walthall with 13 seconds remaining, the Spuds kicked off to the Elks. Otto caught the lone Elk River pass of the game, breaking a few tackles to sprint into the end zone and carry the Elks into the Class 5A semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium next week.
“[Otto] was our best player last year as a sophomore,” Elk River coach Steven Hamilton said. “Having both Otto and [senior running back] Joe [Nordstrom], who missed last season with an illness, was big for us. In my 22 years, I’ve never won a game like that.”
Move over, Minneapolis Miracle, you’ve got some high school competition. Elk River knocked off Moorhead, 58-55, on a last-second 57-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Beau Ruby to junior running back Carter Otto on Saturday in Monticello.
After a 99-yard drive in the closing minute, Moorhead (8-4) took its first lead of the game with 13 seconds left on the clock on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Trey Feeney to junior receiver Blake Walthall. But then Ruby and Otto connected to help the Elks advance to the Class 5A state semifinals.
Otto had a monster game for the Elks (11-1), finishing with 20 carries for 265 yards, five TDs and four two-point conversions. He caught the lone Elk River pass of the game.
Feeney, Moorhead’s junior quarterback, completed 33 of 46 passes for 436 yards and five TDs with two interceptions. He also rushed 18 times for 84 yards and three TDs.
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