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Cambridge-Isanti upsets previously unbeaten Tartan

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune , 11/12/20, 9:45PM CST


Running back Gaven Ziebarth scored all five of his team's touchdowns, his last with 47 second left, to lift the Bluejackets to a 34-27 victory.

Cambridge-Isanti running back Gaven Ziebarth (9) scored the game-winning touchdown against Tartan with 47 seconds left in the game Thursday. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Cambridge-Isanti senior quarterback Connor Braaten scrambled to find a receiver on third down with less than a minute left in the game until locating running back Gaven Ziebarth.

“I saw Gaven’s hand and thought, ‘He’s open. I’m going to get him the ball,’ ” Braaten said.

Good plan. Already responsible for all four of the Bluejackets’ touchdowns, Ziebarth caught the pass and headed down field in search of a fifth.

“I looked to see who might be coming on defense and there was one guy at like the 3-yard line,” Braaten said. “I was like, ‘OK, this is going to be a touchdown now.’ ”

Ziebarth’s fifth touchdown of the game, scored with 47 seconds remaining, triggered a 34-27 Bluejackets’ upset of previously unbeaten Tartan.

Both teams had lost their original opponents to COVID-19 concerns and met Thursday at Tartan for what is believed to be the first time.

First report

A career night by Cambridge-Isanti senior running back Gaven Ziebarth fueled a 34-27 upset victory Thursday at previously unbeaten Tartan.

Ziebarth’s fifth touchdown of the game, scored with 47 seconds left, put the Bluejackets ahead for good. He caught a pass from quarterback Connor Braaten and completed a 30-yard touchdown, then successfully converted a two-point attempt.

Earlier Ziebarth ran for touchdowns on runs of 38, 74, 3 and 8 yards.

Tartan, ranked No. 7 in Class 5A, got a fourth quarter touchdown run from Jaylen Washington and the extra point from Alex Bearth to grab the lead 27-26. But the Titans (5-1) couldn’t close out the Bluejackets (2-4).

The two teams played after both had lost their original opponents to COVID-19 concerns.

Check back later for more on the game.

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