Vikings strike quickly, often
Tony Noyes flies through the air against Adrian.
By Byron Higgin
Minneota wasted no time scoring against Adrian.
On their first offensive play quarterback Sam Derynck found Tony Noyes wide open and the two connected for a 74-yard touchdown that led to a 43-13 Viking victory over the Dragons.
“It does kinda make for a little luxury,” in executing the rest of the game Coach Chad Johnston said after the early lead that went to 8-0 at 7:39 of the first quarter when Derynck passed to Jesus Macias for the two-point conversion.
“Minus the mental mistakes and eliminating the penalties in crucial plays, I’m pretty happy,” said Coach Johnston.
Senior End Will Kurka called the opening touchdown, “A real confidence booster.” And teammate Mike Hammer said, “It’s always nice to get a score and get off on the right track.”
The Viking offense seemed to score at will as they ran up a 15-0 first quarter lead and led 29-0 at halftime.
While the Minneota offense showed a great ability to score, like a one-yard plunge by Brandon Anderson; a three-yard pass from Dernyck to Jordan Fink and a three-yard run by Anderson — it was the defense that set the table for the Vikings.
“We are moving on all cylinders,” said Coach Johnson about his team’s performance.
Hammer, Justin Fox and Victor Montelongo plus sophomore Adam Josephson, “Are all physical linebackers and they did a really good job,” said the coach.
In the second quarter Brett Przymus stepped in front of a pass by Adrian quarterback Brett Nowotny and intercepted.
In the second half when the Vikings needed defense more than they needed it in the first half, Travis Longtin stepped in for a three-yard sack; Hammer got one of his own while he and Fox teammed up to make several stops against the power running of Adrian fullback Justin Wolf.
In the second half Montelongo made a bone-crushing tackle that could be heard across the field and dumped tailback Cody Reckamp for a three-yard loss.
Adrian used a 16-yard touchdown pass by Nowotny to Adam Diekmann to get on the board in the second half.
But Minneota came right back with a 62-yard drive that ended when Kurka took a 21-yard pass from Derynck for a touchdown.
Kicker Saul Calderon was true to form all night and kept kicking the extra points.
The Vikings got a fourth-quarter touchdown when Anderson broke loose on a 23-yard run and Adrian closed it out with a touchdown with many reserves in the game with just 1:53 to go.
While fullback Brandon Anderson scored three touchdowns and romped for 157 yards on 20 carries, a lot of the yards were due to a solid front line that opened a lot of holes.
Fox at center, with help from tackle Jacob Horner and end Kurka, plus others, were responsible for blowing open holes for the running game.
It was an offense that scored easily and churned up yards without much help from back Jacob Cheadle, who was nursing a score muscle.
“We usually have a tough time against this team,” said Hammer, who was obviously happy with the season-opening win.
Teammate Kurka called Hammer, “An animal” and said he causes a lot of havoc for opposing offenses.
As for Coach Johnston, he was well pleased. Admitting there were a few miscues to clean up, he said, “All in all I was happy with our performance tonight.”
Leah Jessen finished fourth in 16:04 and led the Canby-Minneota girls’ cross country team to a season-opening win at Morris.
They beat second place Marshall, 75-95.
The boys squad took sixth out of 12 teams as Long Prairie-Grey Eagle won the event with 43 points. C-M had 160 points and the boys’ top runner, Nick Stoks finished in 14th place in 17:53.
For the girls, Erin Kamrath was ninth and Dana Krause 13th with morgan Merritt in 24th as the fifth C-M runner.
The top C-M boys after Stoks were Luke Jessen in 22nd place in 18:35; Levi Citrowske in 33rd, John Deslauriers in 52nd and Wyatt Johansen in 54th.
Jack Anundson of Minneota finished 74th in 22:03. Jenna Anundson and Mehan Travis ran for the seventh grade.
Here are team and local results:
GIRLS: 1. Canby-Minneota 75; Marshall 95; Paynesville Area 99; New London-Spicer 100; Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 121; Sauk Centre 123; Breckenridge-CT 136; Benson-KMS 151; Minnewaska Area 152.
Canby-Minneota: 4. Leah Jessen, 16:04; 9. Erin Kamrath 16:25; 13. Dana Kraus 16:36; 24. Morgan Merritt 17:29; 35. Chelsea Deslauriers 18:02. Others: 50. Caitlin Slaba 18:46; 52. Angela Full 19:32; 59. Courtney Slaba 20:29; 61.Amber Grothem 20:53; 68. Becca Saltee 21:48.
Girls JV: 9. Megan Regnier 9:23; 11. Kaylen Weidert 9:29; 17. Marissa Larson 11:01.
Girls 8th Grade: 5. Haily Citrowske 8:33; 7. Morgan Crowser 8:43; 9. Brittany Merritt 9:28.
Girls 7th Grade: 10. Brandi Merritt, 9:11; 17. Jenna Anundson, 11:05; 18. Meghan Travis, 11:06.
BOYS: 1.Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 43; 2. Sauk Center 96; 3. New London-Spicer 111; 4. Marshall 122; 5. West Central Area 127; 6. Canby-Minneota 160; 7. Wadena-Deer Creek 192; 8. Benson-KMS 204; 9. Morris Area 211; 10. LQPV-Dawson-Boyd 212; 11. Paynesville Area 248; 12. Ortonville 268.
Canby-Minneota: 14. Nick Stoks 17:53; 22. Luke Jessen 18:35; 3. Levi Citrowske 19:20; 52. John Deslauriers 20:20; 54. Wyatt Johansen 20:32; 62. Michael Schmidt 21:12; 74. Jack Anundson 22:03; 83. Dustin Coil 23:39; 86. Ben Kamrath 24:09.
Boys 7th Grade: 1. Mitchel Johansen 7:35; 4. Quentin Beiningen 8:02; 5. John Mamer 8:05; 8. Kyler Jelen 8:27; 12. Cole Regnier 8:58.
Golf takes on a life of its own in Minneota
ON THE BENCH, By Byron Higgin
They don’t just play golf at the Countryside Golf Club in Minneota — they create a “life of its own” and it comes to life every time they gather for the great sport.
It happened again Sunday when over 100 people gathered to play and watch the Minneota Club Champion-ships.
No sooner had I stepped foot on the course Sunday than I was told, “Get a picture of the two guys wearing these straw hats.”
Once I got onto the course I found Joe and Mike Hennen, both with straw hats on and everyone was calling them, “The Mexicans.”
They wore their smiles about as well as they wore the hats and they added a little “festive” attitude to the event.
There’s such an avid bunch of “golf groupies,” that every championship round is followed by a group of golf carts that line up to watch the golfers during the final nine.
It’s quite a sight to see them following the championship flight as it winds its way around the course.
Then, at the end of the final hole everyone lines up their carts to watch and the winners get a nice ovation.
Later, after the championship awards have been given, folks line up to sing a “traditional” victory song to the champions.
It caps off a day of golf in which, it seems, everyone enjoys.
Every time I go to the course I see many of the same faces. I accused Brian Engler of living at the course, and he admits he’s there alot.
I feel safe in saying few have as much fun as they have at the Minneota course.
It was nice to see Ben Derynck win the title and bring a trophy back to the family. His grandfather Doug Konold won it in the ‘70’s.
And Dorie Teigland’s 11th title was special, partially because she and sister Missy Kockelman competed to the bitter end.
No doubt, golfing in Minneota is not an event, “It’s a HAPPENING.”
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