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.
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.
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