Updated November 6, 2013
KoMets repeat as section champs with 35-7 win
• by Randy Carlsen
Stewartville is well known as a passing team with ace quarterback Aaron Quandt at the helm. Some naysayers would say the 22-0 win at Stewartville was a fluke because of the rain. It was not conducive to the Tiger’s game. Friday night on the turf field, on a perfect fall night there would be no weather factor. The KoMets dominated both sides of the ball in a 35-7 win for a second consecutive 4A football title.
"You have to take your hats off to the offense and defense. We played a complete game," said coach Broc Threinen. "This was a good football team and we made a statement right away." The "statement" Threinen was referring to is the strategy to give the Tigers the ball to start the game. They had a three and out and a key play was Brandon Scott batting down a Quandt pass attempt on third down. "That was big for us to get that stop right away," said Threinen.
After the ensuing punt the KoMets pounded the ball up the middle and Tanner Minette scored from one yard out. K-M went for the two point conversion and failed to keep the game at 6-0.
Another KoMet stop resulted in a scoring drive before the end of the half. Minette scored his second touchdown on a five yard run. The two point conversion pass to Mitchell Stenzel made it a 14 point game at the half. It was his first pass reception of the season for Stenzel.
The Tigers’ star quarterback was six for 10 throwing the first half for 33 yards. Later the team would find out Quandt suffered a shoulder injury early in the game when getting sacked.
K-M would receive the ball at the start of the second half and make another statement-this time on offense. Brady Berge threw a 63 yard touchdown pass to Sam Rappe and that made it a 21-0 game with the Cooper Rose extra point. "Our kids responded. That touchdown to start the second half was huge," said the K-M coach.
The KoMets made another stop and had excellent field position at the 50 yard line on their next possession. A 35 yard Brady Berge run set the KoMets up for another score. Tanner Minette would run the ball in for his third touchdown of the game, scoring from six yards out. The Rose kick made it a 28-0 game.
The only defensive breakdown K-M had was just before the end of the third quarter. The Tigers’ Cody Stanger ran to the middle, cut outside and broke one for a 56 yard touchdown run to make it a 28-7 game.
The Tigers appeared to have a little momentum when K-M was forced to punt the ball early in the fourth quarter. A pass completion with a 15 yard penalty tacked on set them up at the 25 yard line. Senior Chad Aaker shifted the momentum back to K-M when he made a diving catch to intercept the ball in the end zone. "Chad made a big play on that ball. Going after the ball like that is something he has been doing all season," said Threinen.
The KoMets bounced back and scored again with 6:50 to go in the game. This time it was Tanner Dufault running the ball in from eight yards out. The extra point kick made it 35-7 and it was game over.
"Our outside backers and senior Wade Starkey did an outstanding job of defending," said Threinen. "Our senior leaders...READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY PURCHASING THE DCI.
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