MINNEAPOLIS – The DC Chargers lost in heartbreaking fashion in the Class AAA state championship game Saturday, falling 28-27 to Pierz at US Bank Stadium.
The Chargers had a 27-22 lead with 3:54 left to play, with a punt touchback giving the ball to the Pioneers at their own 20-yard line.
Pierz responded with a 12-play, 80 yard drive for a touchdown, converting two third downs and one fourth down, to take a 28-27 lead with 38 seconds left.
The Chargers got as far as their own 34-yard line, but a sack and three incomplete passes ended the game.
Eli Gillman led DC with 149 yards on 19 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the game. He also caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Quarterback Sanders Asplin rushed for 106 yards on 14 carries, including a 32-yard score in the third quarter.
Josh DeBoer had 44 yards on 12 carries, and a three-yard TD.
The Charger defense struggled to contain Pierz speedster Matthias Algarin. Algarin rushed for 165 yards on 22 carries for three scores, and added two catches for 44 yards, none bigger than a 22-yard fourth-quarter grab that set up the final Pioneers score.
Michael Leidenfrost added 101 yards on 18 carries, with a score, for the Pioneers.
Check out Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch for a full recap of the game.