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Mountain Lake wins 9-Man state football championship

Updated: November 30, 2019 01:12 PM

Mountain Lake Area emerged as the only undefeated team in Class Nine-Man following a 22-14 victory over Hancock in the Prep Bowl championship game on Saturday, Nov. 30 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Wolverines (14-0) atoned from a loss suffered in the title game in 2018 with a rushing performance that rolled up 241 yards and nearly 100 more through the air. Senior quarterback Abraham Stoesz rushed for 140 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown.

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His 5-yard scoring run with 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter followed by a two-point conversion pass to senior wide receiver Brett Willaby gave the Wolverines an eight-point advantage they would defend the rest of the way. Junior running back Mace Herrig chipped in 97 yards and a touchdown, and Stoesz passed for 92 yards and another score. In addition to the runner-up finish in 2018, Mountain Lake was the Class C runner-up in 1980, two seasons before the Prep Bowl era began. Hancock (13-1) was making its second state tournament and first since 1990. Senior running back Tyler Timmerman rushed for 89 yards as the Owls were held to just 155 total yards.

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