DC escapes Eskomos, advances to Class AAA Championship game

US BANK STADIUM – The DC Chargers found themselves in an unfamiliar position against Esko in their Class AAA semifinal game at U.S. Bank Stadium – trailing in the fourth quarter.

DC led 7-0 at the half, but Esko scored twice to go up 14-7 early in the fourth quarter, looking for an upset.

But Eli Gillman broke loose for a 44-yard touchdown to tie the game on the next possession to tie the game 14-14. On the ensuing Esko possession, the DC defense forced the Eskomos into a punt, and got the ball at their own 24 with 8:08 on the clock.

DC rattled off a 13-play, 75-yard drive to set themselves up on 4th-and-1, with 1:29 left.

The Chargers decided not to go for a field goal, and instead handed it off to E. Gillman, who powered in for the score to put DC up 21-14.

Esko had 1:26 left to work with to tie the game, but Jack Hillmann intercepted a pass at midfield to put the game away for the Chargers.

E. Gillman had 23 carries for 135 yards and all three touchdowns for the Chargers. Keyton Johnson had 15 carries for 80 yards.

DC will now advance to the Class AAA Championship game next Saturday against Plainview-Elgin-Millville at 1 p.m.

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

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