November 24, 2018 07:10 PM
First-year co-op Mahnomen/Waubun capped an historic inaugural season of uniting nearby football communities by capturing the Class A crown in stunning fashion with a 22-21 victory over BOLD in the title game on Saturday, Nov. 24 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Thunderbirds (13-0) scored what proved to be the final margin of victory when senior quarterback Jon Starkey scored on a 10-yard run with 5 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in regulation to pull Mahnomen/Waubun to within 21-20. With little hesitation, Thunderbirds head coach John Clark, Jr., the activities director at Mahnomen High School, opted to go for the lead by attempting a two-point conversion attempt. That move paid off when senior running back Parker Syverson zipped around the right end to tack on the two points.
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But then the Thunderbirds had to rely on its staunch defense, a unit that had kept BOLD’s potent attack scoreless in the second half. The Warriors (13-1) had a promising ensuing drive, but it was halted when Mahnomen/Waubun senior linebacker Jayden Heisler forced a fumble on BOLD senior running back Dawson Vosika on the Thunderbirds’ 9-yard line. Heisler recovered the fumble to preserve the victory and the co-op’s first state championship. It was the ninth football championship overall for Mahnomen High School.
Syverson powered the Thunderbirds offensively with 190 yards rushing on 30 carries. Senior quarterback Jon Starkey chipped in 58 yards rushing and 66 passing yards.
BOLD built a 21-14 lead after a see-saw first half when junior quarterback Jordan Sagedahl scored on a 3-yard run with 5:04 left in the second quarter. It completed a seven-play, 69-yard drive that came moments after Mahnomen/Waubun had forged a 14-all tie.
Starkey created the deadlock on a 2-yard run, and the subsequent two-point conversion run by senior running back Parker Syverson.
Sagedahl had two long touchdown passes in the first half, both to junior running back Gavin Vosika. The first was a 43-yarder that opened the scoring midway through the first quarter and the other was a 50-yard strike that created a BOLD 14-6 advantage. Sagedahl completed 11 of 14 passes in the first half for 218 yards. He also rushed for 40 yards. He finished with 255 passing yards on 15-of-20 completions.
Syverson paced the Thunderbirds with 125 yards on 16 carries. Starkey added 31 rushing yards and 66 through the air.
Updated: November 24, 2018 07:10 PM
Created: November 24, 2018 01:13 PM
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