On the Bench with Byron Higgin
Minneota’s victory over Ortonville was somewhat of a watershed moment for the Vikings. It’s not often you’ll play a team with two athletes sharing the quarterbacking, running and even pass catching duties. But that’s exactly what the Trojans Tyson Powell and Peter Treinen did Friday in Minneota.
You never really knew which one was going to line up at quarterback —which one was going to run the ball, or if one of them would be out for a pass. It’s a nightmare to prepare for and even more difficult to defend.
Powell threw 16 passes, completed nine of them for 81 yards and two touchdowns (and two interceptions).
His longest completed pass was for 33 yards. He ran 12 times for 21 yards, threw two touchdown passes to Treinen, caught two passes, including a 25-yard touchdown pass and ran back the second half kickoff for 79 yards.
Treinen on the other hand threw nine passes and completed three for 40 yards. His longest was the 25-yard touchdown pass to Powell. He caught touchdown passes of five yards twice from Powell. He caught three passes for 27 yards. This two-man show can wreck havoc on anybody.
Minneota’s outstanding plays included: •The first touchdown in which Quarterback Thomas Hennen spied Logan Sussner all alone on the right side of the field and he went into the end zone all by himself.
Coach Chad Johnston said the staff saw something that led them to believe Sussner could get open by himself. And he did!
•Minneota set the tone in the first quarter when sophomore tackle Beau Banish burst through the line and sacked Treinen for an eight-yard loss. Unfortunately, Treinen got off a punt and the ball rolled in Ortonville’s favor for a 57-yard punt.
•However, Minneota mounted an 80-yard drive that saw junior running back Blake Reiss catch a 10-yard pass, then gallop 30 yards off right tackle for a touchdown that put Minneota up 14-0. Reiss was on his way to a 147-yard night (112 rushing and 35 receiving).
•Cole Sanow broke off a 42-yard run for a touchdown that was a thing of beauty.
•The ball was hiked over Treinen’s head on a punt and Minneota, led by Ty Lipinski smothered him for a 16-yard loss, followed quickly by Sanow interception at the end of the first half. •Quarterback Hennen broke off right tackle and pranced 35 yards for a touchdown.
•AJ Myhre got a big interception on a long pass. Myhre was seeing his first extended action this year.
•Alex Saltzer blocked a point after kick. •Tate Walerius caught a big 43-yard pass from Hennen late in the third quarter. •Converted lineman Shawn Buysse ran 22-yards from the backfield.
•All of these have to be credited to an offensive line that was doing a whale of blocking. They include: Lipinski, Buysse, VanOverbeke, Sussner, Mitchell Rost, Layne Lozinski, Josh Laleman and others. Wow, I nearly got the Marshall over Waseca game on the button.
I picked Marshall 21-20 and they won, 19-18. Not bad for WARS (We Aren’t Really Sure). Ortonville scored a little more than I expected, but the margin I picked the Vikings by was near the same as what they won by. For the week WARS was 10-2 for a season-long total of 36 of 44 correct picks, the average is at a lofty 82 percent.
The two I missed was Lac qui Parle Valley over Canby and Springfield over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. After seeing the way Canby played Minneota earlier, I really thought the Lancers would go on a long winning streak. WRONG! And Springfield, this week’s Minneota opponent also is getting stronger each week. BOLD keeps rolling along and now has the No. 1 ranking in Class A, with Minneota dropping to third, despite the fact they continue to win. BOLD plays Class 2A schools, so that probably caused them to move up. And Mahnomen-Waubun has played six games while the rest of the field has played five.
Here are the WARS picks for this week:
Minneota 42, Springfield 21
Dawson-Boyd 46, Canby 14
Ortonville 52, Lakeview 7
Lac qui Parle Valley 36, Yellow Medicine East 13
New Ulm Cathedral 36, Wabasso 7
Murray County Central 46, Adrian 7
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 21, Sleepy Eye 14
Willmar 36, St. Cloud Apollo 14
Marshall 28, St. Peter 27
Russell-T-R 42, Heron Lake-O-Fulda 7
Westbrook-WG 21, Renville Co. West 7
Cedar Mt./Comfrey 36, MACCRAY 0