Tigers topple Wolverines, clinch share of MRC crown

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A third win continues to elude Sibley East’s footballers.

Chuck Hartman’s Wolverines were no match for Belle Plaine and its standout quarterback Friday as the Tigers cruised to a 34-0 victory at Arlington.

Led by senior quarterback Charlie Kern, Belle Plaine convincingly remained unbeaten on the season. The Tigers galloped for five touchdowns while Sibley East struggled to get anything going offensively.

With the win, Belle Plaine improved to 6-0 in Minnesota River Conference (MRC) play, clinching at least a share of the league title. The Tigers, who are ranked among the top teams in Class AAA, closed out their regular season Tuesday (last night) against Jordan.

Belle Plaine wasted little time in taking command of the contest. A 50-yard kickoff return to open the game gave the Tigers dandy field position. They needed but five plays to reach the endzone. Kern’s three yard pass produced the opening touchdown for Belle Plaine.

A short Sibley East punt gave Belle Plaine good field position on its next possession. The Tigers would go 44 yards in eight plays to take a 14-0 advantage. Kern capped the drive with a three yard keeper.

Belle Plaine would pick up one more score before halftime. This time the visitors went 58 yards on eleven plays. Another Kern keeper gave the Tigers a 21-0 advantage midway through the second quarter.

Any hopes of a Sibley East comeback were quickly dashed in the second half. Belle Plaine, on its opening drive, reached paydirt on a 42 yard pass from Kern to Miah Fogarty.

The Tigers notched their final score in the fourth quarter. A 48 yard drive ended when Darin Gregory plunged into the endzone from one yard out.

Belle Plaine had 238 yards in total offense. Kern led the charge as he completed 9 of 21 passes for 133 yards. He also rushed for 34 yards.

Sibley East had little success against Belle Plaine’s defense which pitched its third shutout of the season. The Wolverines rushed for 34 yards.

Senior Dalton Kuehl powered the Wolverine ground game. He gained 94 yards on eleven carries. Max Eckberg added 35 rushing yards for Sibley East.

Wolverine quarterback Ian Berg completed two passes for 30 yards. Both completions were to Justin Luskey.

Luskey again led the Sibley East defense. He had 14 tackles, half of which were solo takedowns. Luskey also had a sack and one tackle for a loss.

Eckberg charted eight tackles for the Wolverines while Julio Zuninga had one tackle for a loss.

Sibley East, 2-5 overall, closed out its regular season Tuesday (last night) against Holy Family. Post season action begins Tuesday, October 27th. See playoff article on this page for more information.

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