The Free Press
ST. CLAIR —
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City overcame a 14-0 deficit Friday to down St. Clair 38-20 in a Class A state quarterfinal football game at Southwest Minnesota State University.
The loss closed out an improbable season for the Cyclones who went from having no varsity program a year ago to the state tournament this fall.
St. Clair scored first as quarterback Boomer Flowers hit Tyler Fandrich with a 59-yard pass to set up a 1st-and-goal from the 4. Flowers hit Fandrich again for the score and the PAT kick made it 7-0.
A short time later, Flowers found Fandrich again for a 29-yard touchdown and the point after gave the Cyclones a 14-0 edge. ACGC rallied in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions to go ahead 16-14 at the half.
St. Clair countered with a nine-play drive in the third quarter that ended when John Goebel ran into the end zone from the 17-yard line. The Cyclones missed the extra point, leaving them with a 20-16 lead.
ACGC scored a touchdown later in the third and then found the end zone twice in the fourth to pull away for the win. Jordan Nelson led the Falcons with three touchdowns.
Flowers finished 6 for 16 for 140 yards and two TDs. Fandrich caught both scores and ended up with four receptions for 96 yards.
Miklo Miller led St. Clair on the ground with 19 carries for 100 yards. Michael Nett added 15 rushes for 60 yards and Goebel carried 14 times for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Goebel led the defense with eight tackles. Teammates Dylan Prange and Kaleb Lehmann both recovered fumbles.
St. Clair, which was making its first state tournament appearance in 20 years, finishes with a 9-3 record.
Caledonia 27, Sibley East 6: The Sibley East Wolverines lost the Class AA state quarterfinal game at Burnsville High School by a score of 27-6.
The win improved Caledonia’s record to 11-0. Caledonia now advances to the state semifinals where it will play BOLD in an 11:30 a.m. game on Thursday at the Metrodome.
Sibley East ends the season 9-2.