Minnesota Section 8AAA football semifinals: Wave advance to section final
PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. -- Coming into the season, East Grand Forks Senior High hadn't won a playoff game since 2005. Now, the Green Wave will be playing for a section championship. Sophomore quarterback Gage Ausmus rushed for 150 yards on 18 carries...
PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. -- Coming into the season, East Grand Forks Senior High hadn't won a playoff game since 2005.
Now, the Green Wave will be playing for a section championship.
Sophomore quarterback Gage Ausmus rushed for 150 yards on 18 carries to lead Senior High to a 14-7 win over Pequot Lakes on Saturday in the Minnesota Section 8AAA semifinals.
The Green Wave, 6-3 overall, will face Thief River Falls in the section championship Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center.
Senior High lost 23-14 to the Prowlers during the regular season.
"To get an opportunity to play in the Alerus Center is going to be exciting," Senior High coach Scott Oliver said, "not only for our program but also for our community."
Senior High started the scoring in the first quarter when Frankie Vargas returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. On the play, blitzing linebacker Jake Safranski hit Pequot Lakes quarterback Nevin Greer as he threw.
Then, "Frankie, being the former running back that he is, knew what to do with it," Oliver said.
The Patriots tied it at 7-7 in the second quarter when Logan Lange scored on a 7-yard run. Lange finished with 74 yards on 19 carries.
"We did a very good job defensively," Oliver said. "Our tackling was very good tonight. It had to be. (Lange) runs hard, and he's a good back."
Senior High's go-ahead score came in the third quarter when Tanner Dahlen ran into the end zone from 1 yard out.
Oliver pegged the key to the game as Senior High's strong start.
"Anytime you're traveling to the defending section champions and No. 1 seed, you want to set the tone right away," Oliver said. "We did a very good job of that. You have to send a message to your opponent that you're here to play and this is the style of football we're going to play. I really felt we sent that message. Then we sustained it for 48 minutes."