Pequot Lakes at Aitkin
The #2 seeded Aitkin Gobblers faced an unfamiliar challenge in the passing #7 Pequot Lakes Patriots, they accepted the challenge and commanded for 32-0 win to open the Section 7AAA Playoffs.
Aitkin’s defense wasted little time by making an impact with Zack MacDonald picking off a Grant Loge pass on the second play of the game for an 8-0 lead after Gus Sanford ran in the two-point attempt. Aitkin’s offense would get in on the act with their only score of the first half with Carson Kullhem running in a score from 14 yard out and a 16-0 lead heading into the halftime break.
Pequot Lakes offense did rack up yardage with Grant Loge throwing the ball 33 times bit 3 of those passes were picked off and hindered any chance of getting back into the game against the Gobblers.
Aitkin was able to push the lead out to 24-0 with their first drive of the second half with Kullhem’s second rushing score, from 20 yards out. Kullhem’s impact was also felt with 68 yard run setting up Gus Sanford’s 3 yard touchdown to put the game out of reach at 32-0. Jacob Williams ran one and Sanford also passed to Nathan Price for two point conversions.
#2 Aitkin is now 7-2 on the season and will host the Section 7AAA Semifinals against #3 Two Harbors from Veterans Field at 2pm on Saturday. Pequot Lakes finishes their season at 1-8.
Pequot Lakes Stats: (First Downs – 11; Penalties – 2; Fumble Recoveries – Darby Boelter, Bryar Nordby)
Rushing – 72 yards – Caden Nelson 16 rush, 60yd; Clay Wolf 3 rush, 7yd; Grant Loge 4 rush, 3yd; Darby Boelter 1 rush, 2yd
Passing – 180 yards – Grant Loge 18-33 comp, 180yd, 3 INT
Receptions – 180 yards – Cullen Kratochvil 7rec, 91yd; Darby Boelter 3rec, 58yd; Bryar Nordby 4rec, 27yd; Caden Nelson 2rec, 8yd; Ryan Harmala 1rec, 0yd; Jaiden Biley 1rec, -5yd
Aitkin Stats: (First Downs – 14; Penalties – 2; INT – Zack MacDonald (2), Jackson MacDonald)
Rushing – 336 yards – Carson Kullhem 9rush, 118yd, 2TD; Gus Sanford 23rush, 114yd, TD; Jacob Williams 7rush, 63yd; Zach Ehnstrom 3rush, 19yd; Jackson MacDonald 4rush, 13yd; Jack Grell 2rush, 9yd
Passing – 48 yards – Zach Ehnstrom 2-3 comp, 46yd; Gus Sanford 1-1 comp, 2yd
Receiving – 48 yards – Jaeland Williams 1rec, 27yd; Gus Sanford 1rec, 19yd; Nathan Price 1rec, 2yd