Aggies return to playoffs
Aggies to play Oakes
The Park River-Fordville-Lankin football team didn’t actually need to win their final regular season game of the year to secure a playoff spot but losing it wasn’t in the wind for the home standing Aggies. PR-F-L defeated the visiting May-Port CG Patriots 31-10 Saturday afternoon and secured a third place Region 2 finish that gives them an upcoming playoff game in the process.
The Aggies used a good combination of run offense, and run defense, to shut down a Patriot team that mirrored PR-F-L in many ways. The Patriots, featured a lineup very similar in size and skill to the Aggies, but the major difference on Saturday was the Aggies had just a bit too much speed for the Patriots to match. On the line for the Patriots was an outside shot at getting into the postseason. A win by nine points or more over the Aggies would have given them the number three seed, putting the Aggies at number four and ousting Lakota-Edmore-Dakota Prairie. As it is, they finished fourth and the Aggies third.
The Patriots looked impressive on their opening drive of the game, making three first downs before facing a fourth-and-four from the Aggies’ 45-yard line. A fake punt was muffed by the up back on the play and the Aggies took over. The Aggies went three and out however, giving the ball back to the Patriots. Noah Zimmerman ended the ensuing Patriot drive with an interception; the first of four Aggie takeaways on the day.
The Aggies would capitalize on the Zimmerman pick by marching 59 yards on seven plays and capping it off with a 1-yard touchdown run by Abe Hankey. The first quarter ended with the Aggies on top 6-0.
Esten Beneda then executed a textbook pooch kick and the Aggies recovered the ball at the Patriots’ 35-yard line. On the next play, Zimmerman went 21 yards on an inside reverse setting up a Hankey 2-yard touchdown run.
The Aggies were up 12-0 before the Patriots scored on their next drive. A nice pass play from Bernie Bradner to Ricky Wilson for 8 yards had MPCG close the score 12-7.
The Aggies soon answered however and scored when Hankey hit Levi Cudmore on a 23-yard catch and run to up the score 18-7. The Aggies closed out the half giving up a late 20-yard field goal by Chase Knutson making it 18-10.
The second half was all Aggies. PR-F-L scored twice, the first coming when Spencer Rehovsky recovered a sack fumble caused by Zach Nelson in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Hankey would later hit Jesse Blaskey on a 29-yard screen play that was executed “very well,” according to head coach Robert Goll. Cudmore added the extra-point kick to finish the scoring for the day with the Aggies coming away with the win 31-10.
With the win securing a third place finish in the region the Aggies travel to Oakes to take on the number two seeded Tornadoes. Coach Goll likes his team’s chances. “We’re healthy and I think we match-up well with them,” he said. “They also look a lot like us and use a similar offense package. It should be a good game.”
The Aggies last played Oakes three years ago in the first round and lost when the Aggies could not score on a last minute drive. Game time is slated for 2:30 p.m.