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Kerry Collins, Published November 15 2009

High School football: Minneota tames Trojans

MORRIS, Minn. – Minneota treated Barnesville to a sampler platter on Saturday.

The Vikings threw all over the Trojans in the first half, and then they right through them in the second on the way to a 45-17 victory in the Class 1A quarterfinals at Big Cat Stadium.

“Our offense has balance, that’s for sure,” said Minneota quarterback Sam Derynck, who threw for

193 yards and three scores. “We knew that’s what we had to do against a defense like that.

“They weren’t going to stop everything.”

Derynck threw for

188 and all three of his touchdowns in the first half, including 162 yards in the first quarter. He only threw twice in the second half.

In the final two quarters, the Vikings pounded out 103 yards and three more touchdowns on the ground while working the clock.

“They’re big and they’re strong and they’re fast, and they came in averaging

55 points a game,” Barnesville coach Bryan Strand said. “We just got down too fast and had to get away from the things we usually do.”

The Vikings piled up

231 yards of offense in the first quarter on the way to 19 points.

The first of those points came on a 67-yard touchdown pass from Derynck to Jacob Cheadle on the game’s first snap.

“That was big in helping us relax,” Derynck said. “And our defense played so well to start the game, and that allowed us to put up some points.”

Barnesville didn’t get its first first down until there were 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in the second quarter, but that provided a spark.

The Trojans put up

134 yards of offense in the final 4:33 of the half and sliced the deficit to 25-10 before the break.

But the Trojans lost the momentum early in the second half, losing two fumbles in their first five offensive snaps of the third quarter.

“That just deflated us,” Strand said. “You could see it on the kids’ faces. If we come out and drive the ball and score, maybe it’s different.

“But that didn’t happen.”

Minneota (12-0) answered with three rushing touchdowns – making it 45-10 – before Barnesville scored again on a 49-yard pass from Hochhalter to Zach Buth.

Brandon Anderson finished with 102 rushing yards and three TDs for Minneota.

The loss was the first of the season for Barnesville (11-1), who was back in the state tournament for the first time since 1978.

“It had been awhile, but hopefully this shows the younger kids what it takes to get here,” Strand said. “We’ll build on this.”

Minneota plays Blooming Prairie in the state semifinals on Saturday at the Metrodome.

Minneota 19 6 13 7 - 45

Barnesville 0 10 0 7 - 17

M: Cheadle 67 pass from Derynck (Santos kick)

M: Anderson 6 run (kick failed)

M: Kurka 8 pass from Derynck (run failed)

M: Kurka 5 pass from Kerynck (run failed)

B: Hochhalter 6 run (Hagen kick)

B: Hagen 24 field goal

M: Anderson 19 run (pass failed)

M: Anderson 1 run (Santos kick)

M: Noyes 5 run (Santos kick)

B: Buth 49 pass from Hochhalter (Hagen kick)

RUSHING: M, Anderson 22-102, Cheadle 7-65, Derynck 4-42, Noys 8-31, Fink 1-7. B, Hochhalter 17-94, Martz 1-16, Rice 6-15, Braton 2-10, Grosz 4-4, Cook 8-(minus 1).

PASSING: M, Derynck 13-18-1, 193 yards. B, Cook 6-13-0, 62 yards; Hochhalter 1-2-1, 49 yards.

RECEIVING: M, Cheadle 4-98, Noys 4-37, Kurka 3-31, Macias 1-15, Fink 1-12. B, Hochhalter 3-50, Buth 1-49, Martz 1-9, Volrath 1-2, Grosz 1-1.

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