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Charger football advances to first state tournament since 1973

By BRAD SALMEN

Sports Editor

ST. BONIFACIUS – For the first time in 46 years, the DC Charger football team is going to the state tournament.

The Chargers, who went 5-3 during the regular season and were the #3 seed in the Section 2AAA playoffs, punched their ticket to state with a 26-13 victory over #4 seed Providence Academy in the Section Championship game Friday at Crown College.

“The win was an exciting one for our program. I was really proud of our team and how well they were able to focus, be disciplined, and perform when it counted,” said DC head coach Ryan Weinandt.

Weinandt also credited the incredible fan support for not just this game, but the entire season. In the section final, the Chargers fans appeared to outnumber the Lions fans by at least a 3-1 count.

“We had an outstanding showing of fan support at the game,” Weinandt said. “We are very thankful for the support, and we’re proud of our players, school, cheerleaders, and community. We are very grateful.”

The Chargers will now face the Section 4AAA champion, Cannon Falls (9-1), in the Class AAA state quarterfinals (see related story).

The game will be played at Burnsville High School Saturday. Game time is 12 p.m.

Keys to the game: Winning at all three facets

After all was said and done, the game hinged on just a handful of game-changing plays.

“It was a game of big plays. Our defense, special teams, and offense all made big plays,” said Weinandt. “We didn’t play perfect, but the mistakes we made were minimal.”

Perhaps the two biggest turning points came from the usually-unsung special teams.

The first came early in the second quarter. With DC backed up near their own end zone, a Sanders Asplin punt bounced off the Lions’ punt returner, and was recovered by the Chargers.

That play set up DC’s second touchdown of the game one play later, as quarterback Asplin hit Joel Selseth for a 66-yard connection to go up 14-0.

The second came on the second-half opening kickoff.

Asplin’s kickoff was high and short, and the Lions appeared to have confusion about who would field the kick.

When nobody did, a streaking Grayson Londerville dove on the ball to give possession to the Chargers.

“That was maybe the biggest play of the game,” said Weinandt, as instead of having to play defense to start the half, the Chargers were able to take advantage of a short field on offense, scoring to go up 20-7.

Offensively, three of the Chargers’ four scores were on plays of 50 yards or more.

• Sanders Asplin scored the first touchdown of the game just a minute in, on a 50-yard run.

• After Providence Academy’s muffed punt, Asplin found Selseth on a deep post for a 6-yard score.

• Late in the fourth quarter, Asplin had his second big touchdown run of the game, a 72-yard, untouched scamper to put the game away.

DC also got a long, 69-yard run in the first quarter from Eli Gillman that resulted in a missed field goal.

“[Providence Academy] played some pretty aggressive defense as far as putting a lot of guys in the box, so we had some short gains but then busted out some really big plays,” said Weinandt. “Our offense kept grinding, and put up enough points to win. [Offensive lineman] Logan Kelly went down early, and Brandon Jurek came in and did an outstanding job. Our OL didn’t really skip a beat.”

Defensively, the Chargers bent but did not break throughout most of the game.

They stopped Providence Academy on two 4th downs deep in DC territory, and came up with some big interceptions as well.

Collin Asplin had the first big turnover, intercepting a deep pass in the first quarter to stop a Lions drive.

With the Lions trailing 20-7, and driving deep into Charger territory midway through the fourth quarter, Gillman had the second, intercepting a pass in the end zone that set up Asplin’s final touchdown.

“Our guys really made Providence Academy work to put points on the board. We didn’t give up many big plays,” said Weinandt. “They had several drives where they chunked down the field, but our D tightened up in the red zone.”

Overall, said Weinandt, it was a great team effort against a very good Providence Academy team.

“It is a win that our entire roster helped us prepare for, and should feel proud of,” he said.

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.

DC Sports Schedule, Week of Nov. 8-14

SATURDAY, NOV. 9

DC Girls Swimming & Diving, Section Finals, at Willmar, 10 a.m.

DC Football vs. Cannon Falls, Class AAA Quarterfinals, at Burnsville, 12 p.m. noon.

TUESDAY, NOV. 12

LDC girls hockey vs. St. Peter, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOV. 14

DC Girls Swimming & Diving, State Tournament, U of M, TBD

DC Football Advances to State Tournament

For the first time in over 40 years, the DC football team will play in the state tournament.

The Chargers defeated Providence Academy 26-13 in the Section 2AAA final Friday night. They will now play Cannon Falls, the winner of the Section 4AAA tournament, next Saturday at Burnsville.

Look for more about the game in an upcoming post.

DC volleyball season ends at Sauk Centre

SAUK CENTRE – The Chargers could not match a tough Mainstreeters attack in a straight-set loss Tuesday, on the road in the second round of the section playoffs.

Sauk Centre, who ended the season ranked #9 in Class AA, won all three sets by an identical score of 25-17, 25-17, 25-17.

“We knew going into this match it was going to be a test of not only our skill, but our mental toughness,” said Resop. “Sauk Centre plays a very complete game, and has a lot of skill in every aspect. I thought the athletes did a nice job of being competitive throughout the entire match.”

Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap.

Chargers face new foe in Providence Academy in Section football final

By BRAD SALMEN

Sports Editor

For the second straight season, the DC Chargers have advanced to a football section final.

Last season, the Chargers hosted Waseca in the Section 2AAAA final, and fell by a score of 41-27.

This year, it’s a brand new season, a brand new class and section, and a brand new opponent.

DC will face Providence Academy for the first time in program history tonight (Friday) in the Section 2AAA Championship game to be held at Crown College in St. Bonifacius.

The Lions, who are seeded #4 in the section, were the upset winners over top-seeded Glencoe-Silver Lake, 14-7, in the section semifinal.

The team finished 3-5 during the regular season, playing in the Twin City – Suburban Maroon district.

However, the team got hot at the right time. After starting the season 1-5, Providence Academy won their final two games of the regular season before knocking off #5 seed Belle Plaine 35-16 in the quarterfinals, and defeating the Panthers on the road.

“They are a very physically talented team, especially on the defensive lines. They have some size and really controlled the line of scrimmage against GSL, holding them to seven points and really stifling their run game,” said DC head coach Ryan Weinandt. “They are pretty aggressive defensively, and have a lot of athletes that move well in space. Offensively, their OL is the key, as they like to run the ball, but they do have a talented wide receiver in [#4 Sean Allerheiligen].

The Lions are quarterbacked by Aidan Lampe. Lampe went 65-115 for 743 yards, 8 TDs, and 4 INTs during the regular season.

Providence Academy spreads the ball out in the run game, with three backs carrying for more than 200 yards during the regular season:

• Hakim Daniels (69 carries, 419 yards, 6.1 ypc, 5 TDs)

• Jake Meissner (61-369, 6.0 ypc, 7 TDs)

• Keyshawn Johnson (49-289, 5.9, 6 TDs)

The Lions’ top receiver is the aforementioned Allerheiligen, who caught 18 passes for 195 yards and 1 TD. Meissner had 16 catches for 187 yards, and 3 TDs.

Against Glencoe-Silver Lake, the Panthers went up early with a first quarter touchdown, but Providence Academy scored twice in the second quarter and held on for the rest of the way.

Meissner did all the damage  on the ground for the Lions, rushing 134 yards on 32 carries, including a 51-yard, game winning touchdown in the second quarter.

Lampe finished just 5-12 for 47 yards and an interception.

“We know we will have to play very well to win,” said Weinandt. “We continue to focus on improving, and are very excited to be in the section finals. We are looking forward to it, and appreciate all the support we’ve had this year.”

 

PROVIDENCE ACADEMY SEASON RECORD

• St. Anthony, L, 45-20

• Columbia Heights, W, 31-16

• Mound Westonka, L, 21-20

• SMB, L, 28-6

• Stewartville, L, 62-27

• Bloomington Kennedy, L, 29-21

• Richfield, W, 45-20

• St. Croix Lutheran, W, 46-7

PLAYOFFS

• Belle Plaine, W, 35-16

• Glencoe-Silver Lake, W, 14-7

DC Sports Schedule, Week of Oct. 29-Nov. 7

TUESDAY, OCT. 29

DC Volleyball at Sauk Centre, 7 p.m., Section 6AA Quarterfinals

THURSDAY, OCT. 31

DC Volleyball vs. TBD at Sauk Rapids, Section 6AA Semifinals (if win Tuesday)

FRIDAY, NOV. 1

DC Football vs. Providence Academy, Section 2AAA Championship, at Crown College, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOV. 7

DC Girls Swimming at Willmar, Section Prelims, TBD

LDC Girls Hockey at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 7 p.m.