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Kasson-Mantorville dominates Fridley in Class 4A quarterfinals

By Mike Randleman, SportsEngine, 11/11/21, 5:30PM CST


The KoMets reached the end zone six times in the victory over the Tigers.

Kasson-Mantorville's Matt Donovan (4) passed the century mark with both is arm and his legs in a dominant quarterfinal playoff win over Fridley, Thursday at Lakeville South High School. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Leave it for snowflakes to fall for Kasson-Mantorville to start airing it out.

The powerful run-option team did its usual thing on the ground, but the KoMets connected for three touchdown passes on a cold, windy night to thrash Fridley 42-7 on Thursday at Lakeville South High School.

“I just think we’re playing as a team. You can’t be selfish in the option game because teams are going to take away parts of it,” Kasson-Mantorville coach Joel Swanson said. “They took away things and some of our receivers have been pretty patient throughout and things opened up for them. That’s what you’ve got to do, and your blocking sets that up.”

It was a defensive stalemate as the KoMets (8-3) were held under 20 yards and were outgained in a scoreless first quarter.

Gavin Giesler (8) looks in his first of two touchdown receptions on the night against Fridley. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

In its first state tournament appearance since 2013, Kasson-Mantorville is moving on to the Class 4A semifinals like a perennial contender.

The KoMets (8-3) beat Fridley (8-3), 42-7, Thursday at Lakeville South High School.

Kasson-Mantorville broke a scoreless defensive stalemate after one quarter by erupting for three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-0 halftime lead.

Matt Donovan threw touchdown passes of 30 and 21 yards and Anthony Moe-Tucker rushed in from four yards out.

Moe-Tucker converted another short-yardage rushing score in the third quarter and broke for a 42-yard score in the fourth. Donovan hit Gavin Giesler for their second touchdown connection in the fourth.

Donovan finished 4-for-6 passing for 101 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Donovan also rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries.

Tigers quarterback MJ Newton broke a 65-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter. He led Fridley with 162 yards on 24 carries. He was held to 19 yards in the first half.

Fridley's MJ Newton was the lone Tiger to cross the goal line Thursday against Kasson-Mantorville. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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