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South St. Paul survives Simley in overtime, advances to Class 4A, Section 3 final

By John Wagner, SportsEngine, 10/27/18, 4:15PM CDT


Jackson Luhrs contributed 202 of the Packers' 298 yards of total offense, including an 11-yard, game-winning strike to Oscar Diaz.

South St. Paul’s Oscar Diaz's game-winning touchdown reception in overtime helped the Packers defeat Simley in the Class 4A, Section 3 semifinal. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Jackson Luhrs looks down field for an open receiver in the fourth quarter Saturday. South St. Paul beat Simley in overtime to advance to the Class 4A, Section 3 final. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First report

Jackson Luhrs found Oscar Diaz for an 11-yard touchdown pass in overtime, and the South St. Paul defense held to give the Packers a 21-14 victory over Simley in a Class 4A, Section 3 semifinal Saturday at Ettinger Field.

The game-winner was one of three TD passes thrown by Luhrs for South St. Paul (4-5). He added scoring strikes of 47 and 7 yards to Marquise Gleb in the first half.

Simley (4-6), which had minus-5 yards of total offense in the first half, tied the contest on a 1-yard scoring plunge by Alec Frederick in the third quarter.

The Spartans' other touchdown came on a Devon Richards' 90-yard kickoff return following the Packers' first touchdown.

South St. Paul awaits the winner of St. Paul Johnson and Hill-Murray to play for the section title.

Simley senior Evan Johnson fights off the South St. Paul defense in his search for the end zone during Saturday's 21-14 overtime loss to the Packers. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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