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Class 3A state quarterfinals: Fairmont advances past St. Croix Lutheran

By Mike Randleman, SportsEngine, 11/11/22, 5:00PM CST


The Cardinals moved past the Crusaders thanks to three quarters of sustained offense.

Fairmont's Brendan Schmidkte (16) and Landen Meyerdirk (21) were unstoppable against St. Croix Lutheran. Meyerdirk was on the receiving end for 2 of Schmidkte's 4 touchdowns, and 172 of Schmidtke's 301 yards passing. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

St. Croix Lutheran's Evan Valleau (11) with the Crusader's only score on the day, a 66 yard touchdown run in the 1st quarter. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

It didn’t quite make up for 2011, but Mat Mahoney will take it.

In the two teams’ first meeting since the 2011 Class 3A Prep Bowl, won by two by St. Croix Lutheran Academy after a failed 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter, Fairmont got a semblance of revenge with a 49-7 win Saturday in the 3A state quarterfinals at Burnsville High School.

First Report

Big plays were traded early on, but Fairmont had them in full supply.

Fairmont (10-2) kept the pedal down to beat St. Croix Lutheran Academy (5-6) by a 49-7 final score in Saturday’s Class 3A state quarterfinal at Burnsville High School.

The game began on a torrid pace with Fairmont’s Brendan Schmidtke hitting Landen Meyerdirk for a 67-yard touchdown with 7 minutes, 44 seconds left in the first quarter on the team’s first possession.

On St. Croix Lutheran’s second drive, Evan Valleau ran 66 yards up the middle for a touchdown 15 seconds of game time later to tie it 7-7.

The Crusaders barely exceeded that yardage the rest of the day as the Cardinals kept passing their way to a 35-7 halftime advantage.

Schmidtke finished 11-for-12 for 301 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions and ran three times for 20 yards. He was 10-for-11 for 276 yards and four touchdowns at halftime.

Meyerdirk was Schmidtke’s top target with four receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

Fairmont’s rushing attack was led by Elijah Johnson who ran 15 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.

St. Croix Lutheran was led on the ground by Valleau who finished at 14 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Jack Thome finished with 15 rushes for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Cardinal receiver David Maakestad (3) crossing the goal line ahead of an outstretched Evan Valleau. Maakstad scored 3 touchdowns Saturday in a 49-7 quarterfinal win over St. Croix Lutheran in Burnsville. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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