The Mora Mustangs clinched the Northeast Blue District championship Friday night by defeating Crosby-Ironton 33-14 at Bergloff-Deis Field. The victory kept the Mustangs undefeated and in contention for the top seed in their section.
The Rangers took the opening kickoff and methodically moved the ball with a mix of running and passing. They took about five minutes off the clock until the Mustang defense rose to the occasion and got a big fourth down stop.
The Mustangs took over on their own 35 and began a march of their own. There was a big fourth down pick up on the drive. The drive culminated with a touchdown run and with the two-point conversion Mora led 8-0.
Both team’s second possessions ended with interceptions. On the Rangers third possession Mora forced a punt. The punt came to a stop at the 1-yard line with a little over three minutes left in the half.
Mora went to a hurry up offense moving the ball out to the 43-yard line. Kobe Swanson then proceeded to gallop 57 yards for a big touchdown right before half making the score 14-0. The 99-yard drive right before the half gave Mora momentum heading to the locker room.
The Mustangs left little doubt about who was winning by taking the opening kickoff and marching down the field. The drive ended with a touchdown run making the score 20-0.
Early in the fourth quarter Caleb Anderson hit Levi Hallstrom on a beautiful 37-yard connection. That play set up another touchdown run making it 26-0. Both teams exchanged late touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final score of 33-14.
The Mustangs were once again extremely impressive on the ground. The ream rushed for 360 yards while holding Crosby-Ironton to 136 yards on the ground.
Eighteen seniors participated in the final home regular season game: Caleb Anderson, Domanik Adams, Robert Bohachek, Tanner Grangruth, Zander Gravning, Cody Haggberg, Levi Hallstrom, James Hentilla, Jake Kemp, Derrick Kohlgraf, Jeff Lilienthal, Nick Nelson, Ben Nordenstrom, Andrew Rasmusson, Kobe Swanson, Sam Udstuen, Ben Wright and manager Tahlia Hendricks. “It’s been a tremendous joy to coach and be involved with these athletes. They were in ninth grade when I took over as head coach and it has been a joy to watch their progress. They will be missed,” said Coach Erickson.
The Mora Mustang football season has come to an end. The season was not ended by an opponent on the field, but an opponent off the field. Due to a possible close contact with COVID-19 the football team had to be quarantined. Since the quarantine wasn’t set to expire until after the first round of section playoffs the team couldn’t be seeded and thus their season came to an end.
• Caleb Anderson three for six, 59 yards one interception receiving
• Levi Hallstrom one reception, 37 yards
• Ben Wright one reception, 17 yards
• Andrew Rasmusson one reception, 5 yards
• Kobe Swanson 11 carries, 149 yards, two TDs
• Ben Wright 17 carries, 111 yards one, TD
• Nick Nelson 16 carries, 96 yards, two TDs
FROM COACH ERICKSON
“This was a typical Northeast Blue battle. Crosby-Ironton came to hit. They came to play and played well. Our defense played well. We were willing to give up a few yards in their passing game in order to stop the run.”
On winning the Northeast Blue District Championship Coach Erickson stated, “One of our goals was the reclaim that. We didn’t get it last year, so we wanted it back! I’m proud of the team for doing just that.”
Final Section 5AAA standings
Brooklyn Center 5-1
Pine City 2-4
Minneapolis Henry 0-6