On Saturday the Edgerton-Ellsworth Flying Dutchmen traveled to Mountain Lake to take on the Wolverines in what some have said to be the toughest Section semi final match up in the state.
The Dutchmen were hoping to avenge an earlier 46 Ė 18 loss to the Wolverines. The game was scoreless until the second quarter when Nate Paulsen ran in on an eight yard Quarterback keeper. The Dutchmen took the 6-0 lead into the lockerroom.
The Wolverines, who had been averaging over 60 points a game, found themselves trailing for the first time all year. MLA regrouped at halftime to put up 14 third quarter points. One score was on a 1 yard quarterback sneak from Carter Kirk and the other score was on a two yard run from RB Andrew Hempeck.
The Dutchmen defense was flying around the ball all game but the MLA offense kept plugging away and was able to grab the third quarter lead 14 to 6. Edgerton-Ellsworth responded with a one yard touchdown run for Nate Paulsen and the score was 14 to 12. The play of the game came on 4th down from the Mountain Lake twenty one yard line.
The Dutchmen had held the Wolverines on the the first three downs and forced Mountain Lake into a 4th and 2. The Wolverines tried the hard count to get the Dutchmen to jump off sides. When that didnít work they called a time out. Edgerton-Ellsworth was ready for a punt or a power run by Hempeck or Kirk but instead Kirk hit a short pass to his TE Eric Wenner who broke a tackle and raced 79 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.
Leading the Dutchmen was Jorge Lopez with 10 carries for 52 yards. Nate Paulsen chipped in with 9 carries for 50 yards. Tyler Kurrasch led the Dutchmen with 13 tackles.
Edgerton-Ellsworth finishes the season with an 8-2 record. The Wolverines will now face CGB in Marshall at noon for the Section 3 Championship.