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Tom Mix, Published October 31 2013

Ada-Borup wins 9-man, Section 6 football championship

FARGO – The Minnesota 9-man, Section 6 football championship is once again in the hands of the Ada-Borup Cougars.

Top-seeded Ada-Borup edged Waubun 17-8 Thursday at the Fargodome for its fifth section championship in six years.

“Knowing that we could have won a year ago but didn’t, and now winning the title back feels great,” Ada-Borup senior running back Blake Fetting said.

Last year, Nevis defeated the Cougars in the section title game 38-35.

The Cougars (9-2) this year advance to play Kittson County Central in the state quarterfinals at noon Nov. 9 at Bemidji State.

Ada-Borup started out slow going three-and-out on its first offensive series and spent most of the first quarter playing defense. Waubun opened the game with a 16-play drive that lasted 7 minutes, 13 seconds.

The Bombers’ drive stalled at the Ada-Borup 19-yard line when a pass from Jordan Spaeth on fourth down fell incomplete.

Waubun’s second drive lasted 10 plays, but a holding penalty pushed the Bombers (7-4) out of the red zone and once again an attempt at a fourth-down conversion came up short.

Ada-Borup got the ball deep in its own territory, but that didn’t stop senior quarterback JD Kappes from finding senior running back Lance Ruebke for an 82-yard passing touchdown with 10:55 left in the first half.

The touchdown came on the Cougars’ sixth play of the game.

“We are a team that looks for the big play,” said Kappes, who was playing with an Achilles’ tendon strain. “We aren’t really built to grind it out 100 yards. That pass was big for our momentum.”

It was deflating for Waubun.

“Penalties put us in a lot of third-and-longs and that took the wind out of our sails,” Waubun head coach Paul Clark said. “They got the long pass, and we just couldn’t respond.”

Ada Borup led 7-0 at halftime, and in the second half, Fetting went to work.

Fetting posted 128 of his 130 rushing yards in the final 24 minutes. He capped Ada-Borup’s 10-play, 59-yard opening drive of the second half with a 6-yard touchdown.

Later in the half, the Cougars faced a fourth-and-goal at the Waubun 13 and opted to send Fetting out for a 30-yard field goal, the first the team had attempted all season.

Fetting, who also kicks the team’s extra points, split the uprights to make it a three-score game.

“We have had other opportunities to kick field goals this year, but did not,” Fetting said. “We practice them and I finally got a chance at one and it was successful.”

Spaeth scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 7:54 left to play.

Waubun 0 0 0 8 – 8

Ada-Borup 0 7 7 3 – 17

AB–Ruebke 82 pass from Kappes (Fetting kick)

AB–Fetting 6 run (Fetting kick)

AB–Fetting 30 field goal.

W–Spaeth 4 run (Makey pass from Spaeth)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: W, Spaeth 22-96, Weber 20-112, Teiken 6-24, Manypenny 3-8, Erickson 2-8, Makey 1-8. AB, Fetting 21-130, Kappes 2-(-16), Purrington 5-12, Wilkens 3-13, Ruebke 2-6.

PASSING: W, Spaeth 3-10-0–12. AB, Kappes 13-21-0–160, Fetting 1-2-0–11.

RECEIVING: W, Thompson 1-(-2), Weber 1-7, Teiken 1-7. AB, Ruebke 5-85, Hover 2-15, Fetting 3-10, Wilkens 2-27, Merkens 2-34.