Despite reaching for the end zone, Mountain Lake quarterback Abraham Stoesz (12) was called down short of a touchdown in the first half. Photo: Shari L. Gross • firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountain Lake Area is averaging 49.7 points per game this season. Its defense deserves some of the credit.
“Our defense has been phenomenal all year,” Wolverines coach Tim Kirk said. “It has put us in a good position.”
The Wolverines displayed a potent offense and reliable defense Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium. With Abraham Stoesz directing a mistake-free and balanced offense, the Wolverines rolled to a 45-6 victory over Win-E-Mac in a Nine-Man semifinal.
The victory puts Mountain Lake (13-0) in the Prep Bowl for the second consecutive season.
Stoesz, a senior, rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and passed for 149 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Wolverines to 498 yards in offense.
He also contributed a timely play on defense. With the Wolverines leading 12-0 early in the second quarter, he intercepted a pass in the end zone to end a Patriots scoring threat.
Abraham Stoesz did a little of everything for Mountain Lake Area on Friday.
Stoesz efficiently directed the Wolverines’ potent offense and came up with a timely interception on defense as the Wolverines rolled to a 45-6 victory over Win-E-Mac in a Nine-man semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Stoesz, a senior, rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and passed for 149 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Wolverines offense to 498 yards in offense.
With the Wolverines leading 12-0 early in the second quarter, Stoesz intercepted a pass in the end zone to end a Patriots scoring threat. Stoesz ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass later in the second quarter as the Wolverines built a 24-0 halftime lead.
Mace Harrig rushed for three touchdowns for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines (13-0) advanced to the Prep Bowl for the second consecutive season. The Wolverines will face Hancock, which defeated Mountain Iron-Buhl in the semifinals, on Nov. 30. The Wolverines lost to Spring Grove in last year’s Nine-Man championship game.
The loss was the first of the season for the Patriots (12-1), appearing in their first semifinal. Win-E-Mac includes the northwest Minnesota communities of Winger, Erskine and McIntosh.
Check back later for more on the game.