BURNSVILLE – The DC Charger football team advanced to the Class AAA state semifinals with a thrilling, come-from-behind 26-22 victory over Cannon Falls Saturday.
At the half, Cannon Falls led by a score of 15-13. The Bombers took a 22-13 lead early in the third quarter, which at that point seemed insurmountable. Until that point, the Chargers defense had little answer for the Cannon Falls double-tight T-formation, particularly running back Trenton Matthies, who finished with 223 yards rushing.
However, the Chargers got a 44-yard touchdown run from Sanders Asplin to pull to within 22-19, and the defense got their first four-down stops of the game, holding the Bombers on downs on the next two possessions.
On 4th-and-4 at the Cannon Falls 44, Matthies punted the ball down to the Chargers 2-yard line with 6:28 left to go in the game.
DC responded with a 13-play, 98-yard drive, capped off by an Asplin 18-yard run up the middle, to give the Chargers the lead 26-22 with 2:48 to play.
The Bombers drove down to the DC 20-yard line with 1:08 to play. However, the Chargers held Cannon Falls to four straight incomplete passes to end the game.
Eli Gillman led the Chargers with 128 yards on 20 carries. Sanders Asplin added 94 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns.
DC will now face Annandale in the Class AAA semifinals Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m.
The Chargers will look to avenge a 28-20 road loss to the Cardinals on Oct. 16.
Look for a full recap in Friday’s Enterprise Dispatch.