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Prep soccer: Aquinas runs previous Northwestern in playoff win – Duluth Information Tribune

MAPLE — Northwestern ready all week for the aerial assault of Aquinas’s Jackson Flottmeyer, however it was 4 speeding touchdowns from senior Calvin Hargrove that sealed a 36-16 win for the Blugolds within the Wisconsin Division 5 Stage 2 playoff recreation Friday.

Hargrove rushed 10 instances for 82 yards and as a group, the Blugolds amassed almost 300 yards on the bottom. In contrast, Flottmeyer, who averaged greater than 200 yards passing per recreation this season, completed 5-for-6 for simply 83 yards.

“We have to run the soccer at the moment of 12 months and we have not proven it loads,” Aquinas coach Tom Lee stated. “Final season, we actually began pounding the ball within the playoffs and we noticed this coming a bit of bit within the final couple weeks of follow. We talked to our guys up entrance that they need to bully them and we performed bully ball.”

Northwestern took the opening kick and drove 80 yards for a 3-yard landing run by Tanner Kaufman and took greater than 8 minutes off the clock.

After back-to-back Hargrove touchdowns to place the Tigers in a 14-6 gap, Northwestern quarterback Luke Sedin led one other lengthy drive to contained in the Blugold 1-yard line.

The Blugolds compelled a turnover on downs, however a foul snap into the top zone led to an intentional grounding penalty by Hargrove and a security.

After the free kick, Sedin discovered Reid Kreuser behind the Aquinas safeties for a 40-yard landing strike and after the two-point conversion, Northwestern led 16-14.

Northwestern’s Luke Sedin (4) will get round Aquinas’ Brady Lehner (58) on a run within the second quarter of the Tigers Stage 2 playoff loss in Maple on Friday night.

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“I simply noticed (Kreuser) break away and I am like ‘He is open,’” Sedin stated. “If I throw it on the market, he’ll get on the market below it.”

After an Aquinas fumble, the Tigers drove down contained in the Blugold 1 once more, solely to be stopped 4 consecutive instances and switch the ball over on downs once more. As a substitute of moving into at halftime up by eight or extra, Northwestern was clinging to a two-point lead.

“Clearly, not scoring earlier than half was enormous,” Tiger coach Jovin Kroll stated. “Not having our timeouts there did not permit us to run the ball on first via third down with out the clock working out.”

Northwestern's Kellen Trautt (21) runs through the arm tackle of Aquinas' Kole Keppel (14)

Northwestern’s Kellen Trautt (21) runs via the arm sort out of Aquinas’ Kole Keppel (14) within the first quarter of the Tigers Stage 2 playoff loss in Maple on Friday night.

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Even worse, 6 foot, 6 inch tight finish Trevor Eliason injured his foot on the drive and was not capable of return to the sport.

Within the second half, the Aquinas offensive line continued to open holes for Hargrove and Collin Conzemius.

“We attempt to begin 22 youngsters,” Lee stated. “When your linemen do not need to play either side of the ball, that makes a giant distinction whenever you begin leaning on guys. That is the toughest factor on the planet is to play line of defense whenever you get guys leaning on you after which if you must exit and play offense, that is powerful.”

Because the Aquinas lead stretched within the second half, the Tigers had been compelled into apparent passing conditions, which led to a few Sedin interceptions.

Northwestern's Reid Kreuser (17) gets hit by Aquinas' Anthony Miller (23)

Northwestern’s Reid Kreuser (17) will get hit by Aquinas’ Anthony Miller (23) after making a catch within the third quarter of the Tigers Stage 2 playoff loss Friday night.

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“What they had been capable of do was management the road of scrimmage and, in the end, in any soccer recreation everyone knows that makes the distinction,” Kroll stated. “We did all the things we may to maintain the ball away from them, however they made performs, they had been a bit of faster and so they out-physicaled us.”

Northwestern's Jase Nelson (19) celebrates recovering an Aquinas fumble

Northwestern’s Jase Nelson (19) celebrates recovering an Aquinas fumble within the second quarter of the Tigers’ Stage 2 playoff loss in Maple on Friday night.

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The Tigers finish the season with their second straight Coronary heart O’ North Convention championship and though they may have important losses to commencement, they’ll proceed to work towards a state title.

“Profitable a convention title is nothing to be upset about and, in the long run, this solely ends nice for one group,” Kroll stated. “We’ll hold punching and certainly one of these years, we hope it’ll be us. The children put within the work, they care about one another. This implies a lot to so many individuals, that is why it hurts a lot to lose. You need to overcome the sensation such as you let individuals down, you did not make it to the place you anticipated to be, however it’s not like we fell to an inferior opponent.”

Northwestern 6-10-0-0—16

NW — Tanner Kaufman 3 run (go failed)

A — Calvin Hargrove 8 run (Hargrove run)

A—Hargrove 13 run (run failed)

NW — Reid Kreuser 46 go from Luke Sedin (Sedin run)

A — Hargrove 4 run (Damien Lee go from Jackson Flottmeyer)_

A — Hargrove 13 run (Hargrove run)

A — Collin Conzemius (kick failed)

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