Prep football: Barnesville to play for Class AA state championship
The undefeated Trojans powered past Jackson County Central in the state semifinals on Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium and they'll play Chatfield for the title on Dec. 2.
MINNEAPOLIS — Barnesville methodically put away Jackson County Central 41-12 in the Minnesota State Football Class AA semifinals on Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Trojans improved to 12-0 and will play Chatfield (12-0) in the championship game at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Barnesville almost literally ground out the game, totaling 348 yards and five touchdowns on 44 carries, an average of 7.9 yards per carry.
Quarterback Zachary Bredman threw just three passes but completed two of them for 105 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown to Gregg Dawson late in the third quarter.
John Roller got the Trojans on the board first in the first quarter, capping a 75-yard, three-play drive with a 39-yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter, the Trojans drove 74 yards on 12 plays, with Braeden Bredman running in from 1 yard and the lead was 14-0.
JCC's Ben Dahlin returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, but the Trojans all but replicated their first scoring drive, going 78 yards in three plays with Roller scoring his second touchdown on a 61-yard run. Barnesville led 21-6 at halftime.
Barnesville's Andrew Pederson scored on a 6-yard run for a 28-6 lead with 5:47 left in the third quarter. JCC's Roman Voss scored on a 49 yard run but the Trojans again answered quickly with the Zachary Bredman-to-Dawson TD pass just more than a minute later.
The Trojans' Gannon Bolgrean finished the job with a 31-yard scoring run on his only carry of the game with 2:13 left.
Roller led the Trojans with 140 yards on 13 carries and Zachary Bredman picked up 98 yards on 12 carries. Braeden Bredman had 42 yards on 10 carries. He also was on the receiving end of Zachary Bredman's other completion for 28 yards.
Ethan Larson led the Trojans with 12 total tackles and Connor Loeks had 11 stops, including five solo tackles. Bolgrean was in on one stop and intercepted a pass he returned 39 yards.