|Josephson Day at the ball field|
Minneota thumps Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in playoff opener, 55-7 behind Adam and Isaac Josephson. Isaac Josephson made one of his four sacks (right) on KMS quiarterback Aaron Doraska. Below, Adam Josephson got free on a pass from Beau Buysse and ran free downfield.
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher
It seemed like Tuesday's playoff opener could have been called, "Josephson night at the ball park."
Junior Adam and sophomore Isaac combined to put on a defensive show — and Adam Josephson scored three touchdowns in a 55-7 Minneota (8-1) win over Kerkhoven-Murdock Sunburg (1-8).
"Isaac and Adam both were phenominal on defense," said Coach Chad Johnston.
"Adam is having a great year," said the coach, adding, "Isaac's speed gives him a lot of benefits."
This was also the game in which senior fullback Brandon Anderson went over 4,000 yards for his career.
"I never would have dreamed it," said Minneota's all-time leading rusher. Last week he went over 1,000 yards for the season — his third straight year over 1,000 yards rushing.
He rushed for 105 yards to bring the unofficial total for Anderson's career to 4,166. This year he's rushed for 1,166 yards. The all-time Viking rushing leader added, "I run forward, behind the blockers and just pick a hole."
Minneota, which had to revamp it's line in mid-season due to injuries and other losses of linemen, got a big lift from Isaac Josephson.
He broke through the KMS line to make four sacks, dropping quarterback Aaron Doraska for losses, one for a 12 yard loss, he caused and recovered two fumbles.
Brother Adam was all over the field from his linebacker position and caused a three-yard tackle for loss early in the came and came right back for a six-yard sack of Doraska.
Between the two Josephsons, they accounted for over 20 tackles. On this night, they got help from junior tackle Josh VanOverbeke, who also pulled off a sack in the first half.
"We'd never beaten KMS before," said Anderson. "We remember when they beat us in the section finals and went on to win the state. We used that for motivation tonight," he said.
Annderson said the team is starting to, "Get it's rythym," after re-stocking the line in the middle of the season.
"I never expected to get out of him what we have," Coach Johnston said about Anderson. "He was a pleasant surprise in the beginning but he became our workhorse," the coach added.
Minneota also got a great night rushing and pass receiving from Jacob Bottelberghe, who scored twice, once running for 10 yards and another time for 13 yards on a pass from Beau Buysse.
Bottelberge pulled off the play of the game when he scored the first touchdown. He didn't catch a pass behind the line of scrimmage and everyone seemed to give up on the play. But Bottelberghe, knowing it was a lateral, picked it up and dashed into the end zone for the 10-yard touchdown.
Defensively Jacob Horner was a solid force from his linebacker position. Beau Buysse passed for 209 yards, completing 11 of 12 passes. And Adam Josephson took four passes for 127 yards.
Minneota will advance to play Canby at 3 p.m. Saturday at K. P. Kompelien Field in Minneota. Canby (7-2) was a 29-3 winner over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.
Lakeview upset MACCRAY, 16-0 and Dawson-Boyd beat Ortonville, 44-13. Lakeview will play at Dawson-Boyd on Saturday.
IN OTHER area scores it was: Yellow Medicine East 26, Lac qui Parle 16; Wheaton 64, Lincoln HI 0; Glencoe-Silver Lake 49, Montevideo 12; Adrian 48, Southwest United 16 and Wabasso 38, Mountain Lake-Butterfield Odin 18,
Here's the scoring summary against KMS:
KMS 0 0 0 7 — 7
Minneota 22 20 6 7 — 55
M-Jacob Bottelberge 10 run. PAT-Saul Calderon kick.
M-Adam Josephson 22 run. PAT-Calderon kick.
M-Anderson 2 run. PAT-Christian Skillings pass from Beau Buysse.
M-A. Josephson 6 run. PAT-Calderon kick.
M-Bottelberghe 19 pass from Buysse. PAT-Calderon kick.
M-Walker Hennen 8 pass from Buysse. PAT-Calderon kick failed.
M-A. Josephson 51 pass from Buysse. PAT-Issac Josephson kick failed.
M-Anderson 2 run. PAT-I. Josephson kick.
KMS-Jonah Johnson 73 run. PAT-Kick good.