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Eric Peterson, Published November 06 2010

MN 9-man football: Edgerton-Ellsworth wins Section 3

Edgerton-Ellsworth head coach Andrew Fleischman was happy his team finally solved the Fargodome.

Behind three touchdowns from senior Jordan Gunnink, No. 3-ranked Edgerton-Ellsworth earned a

22-16 victory against No. 6-ranked Wheaton on Friday for the Minnesota 9-man, Section 3 football championship.

The Flying Dutchmen

(11-0) have played in three of the last four section title games at the Fargodome, and had never held a lead in those games until Friday.

“It was nice to be ahead for once,” Fleischman said. “I thought that to myself.”

Gunnink rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts. He also added three receptions for 99 yards, including a

79-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.

“It’s awesome,” Gunnink said. “I have played here three years now and this is the only year I’ve had a good game.”

Wheaton (10-1) held a

16-14 halftime lead, but Warriors head coach Tony Thiel felt his team missed on chances to build a larger cushion.

“When they gave us the two turnovers in the first half and we didn’t take advantage of those turnovers, that probably cost us,” Thiel said. “It would have been nice to go in twice and score.”

After a Patrick Conroy interception in the first quarter, Wheaton started a drive at the Edgerton-Edgeley 32-yard line. The Warriors moved the ball to the 28 before turning it over on downs.

A Conroy fumble recovery in the second quarter gave Wheaton the ball at the Flying Dutchmen 29. Wheaton moved the ball to the 22 before it turned the ball over on downs again.

“When you get the ball on the short field you have to go in and score and we didn’t do that,” Thiel said.

Gunnink scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 7 minutes, 49 seconds to play in the third quarter. That proved to be the winning score as it gave the Flying Dutchmen to a 22-16 lead. That scoring run capped a

7-play, 72-yard drive. Gunnink rushed for 45 yards on four attempts on that drive.

“At halftime I told him he needed to take it over and he did,” Fleischman said.

Senior running back Riley Wilson scored both touchdowns for Wheaton. Wilson rushed for 64 yards on 14 attempts and also caught one pass for 20 yards.

“We have a lot of respect for this section. This section is a powerhouse,” Fleischman said. “Wheaton would win a lot of sections. This is a tough 9-man section and it really means a lot to come through it.”

EE 0 14 8 0–22

Wheaton 8 8 0 0–16

W—Wilson 20 pass from Lee (Brink run)

EE—J. Gunnink 3 run (Schilling pass from Voge)

EE—J. Gunnink 79 pass from Voge (pass failed)

W—Wilson 1 run (Wilson run)

EE—J. Gunnink 10 run (Gunnink run)


RUSHING: EE, J. Gunnink 17-100, Voge 11-46, Timmer 6-28, Ad. LaFollette 6-18, Team 1-(minus-1). WHS, Brink 20-71, Wilson 14-64, Hubrig 5-28, W. McCarthy 3-8, Lee 6-(minus-3), Team 2-(minus-2).

PASSING: EE, Voge 9-12-1 136 yards. WHS, Lee 6-12-0 111.

RECEIVING: EE, Gunnink 3-99, Schilling 6-36, Timmer 1-19. WHS, W. McCarthy 3-72, Wilson 1-20, Coffman 1-11, Siegel 1-8.

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