Barnesville's Adam Tonsfeldt (5) ran for the two-point conversion as Minneapolis North's Taqurius Wair (5) tried to push back after the Wolverines' second touchdown in the first quarter. Photo: RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ email@example.com
Barnesville sophomore Adam Tonsfeldt, a starting point guard on the basketball team since he was in eighth grade, hadn’t played quarterback before this season. But he’s a natural leader with teammates who respond to him, according to his coach, Bryan Strand.
“I pulled him in last year and I said, ‘You’re going to be the quarterback next year,’” Strand said. “He’s a 10th-grader, and he plays like a senior.”
Tonsfeldt helped lead a powerful Barnesville (11-2) offense to a dominating 34-20 victory over previously undefeated Minneapolis North in the Class 2A semifinals Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Tonsfeldt rushed for 99 of Barnesville's 366 yards. His passing stats? Zero-for-zero as the Trojans ran 59 times for 366 yards compared to just 147 rushing yards for Minneapolis North.
Barnesville senior Preston Snobl set the tone for the game when he returned the opening kickoff 43 yards into Polars' territory. That help set up his 6-yard touchdown run for a quick 8-0 lead. The Trojans made it 16-0 about three minutes later, capitalizing on a Minneapolis North fumble.
Barnesville will get a chance to win a Class 2A title after defeating previously unbeaten Minneapolis North 34-20 on Friday in the semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Barnesville (11-2) grabbed a 16-0 lead less than 7 minutes into the game against North. The Trojans ran the ball and got touchdown runs from four players on their way to victory at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Barnesville’s Preston Snobl ran back the opening kickoff 43 yards to get into North territory to start the game. It set the tone for the first half as Barnesville reached the end zone four times with a few big-yardage plays and capitalizing on two North fumbles.
Snobl, Nick Detloff, Chase Brenner and Hunter Anderson all scored rushing touchdowns for the Trojans. Brenner had two 2-yard rushing touchdowns in the second quarter as the Trojans led 28-8 at the half. Anderson finished with 15 rushes for 97 yards.
Barnesville’s only losses this season were by one point each to Hawley and Breckenridge.
The 34 points by Barnesville are the most North (11-1) has allowed in a game all season.
The Polar offense struggled to get much going against a stifling Barnesville defense.
North’s sophomore quarterback Zach Yeager connected with senior Nasir El-Amin for on touchdown passes of 48 yards and 44 yards. Senior Kehyan Porter capped an 88-yard drive in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Trojans will face three-time defending Class 2A champion Caledonia in the Prep Bowl next week.
Caledonia defeated Barnesville 55-20 in the 2016 state semifinals. Barnesville returns to the title game for the first time since it finished as the Class 1A runner-up in 2010.
Check back later for more on the game.