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Weekend winners: Spud Football, Volleyball clinch section titles

posted Nov 3, 2019, 10:47 AM by Andrew Tichy

Above: The Spud Football Team celebrates a section title after defeating Bemidji on Friday night. Below: The Spud Volleyball Team poses on the court in Alexandria after securing their fifth straight section title.
Photos: Dean Haugo | Special to The Spud

By: The Spud Staff Reports

It had the makings of a special sports weekend for the Spuds. In the span of 24 hours, the football and volleyball teams both vied for section titles. Both entered as the lower seed. Both faced a tall task in taking down the number one seed. Both played at "neutral" sites stationed just minutes away from their opponent's home turf. 

And, by Saturday night, both were crowned section champs. 

On Friday night, the football team, looking to upend top seeded Bemidji on the road for the second time in 16 days, sprinted to a 14-0 halftime lead on the snow-dusted turf at Bemidji State University. The Lumberjacks, whose only loss came to Moorhead on the final day of the regular season, stormed back to tie the game in the 4th quarter. The score remained knotted at 14 until late in the fourth, when kicker Caden Triggs drilled a game-winning 28 yard field goal. A late interception and turnover on downs was enough for the Spuds to run out the clock and secure their first 8AAAAA section title in four years.

Less than 24 hours later, it was the volleyball team's turn to punch a ticket to state. 

They rallied late to win the first set in their section title tilt with top-seeded Sartell. After the Sabres tied the match with a win in the second set, the Spuds took control, taking two straight to win the match 3-1 en route to their fifth straight section 8AAA title. 

The football team will face Elk River in the state quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 12pm at Monticello HS. The winner will advance to US Bank Stadium where the Spuds could find a rematch of the 2015 State semifinals with St. Thomas Academy. The Spuds lost that contest 17-14. 

The volleyball team will once again travel to the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday for a quarterfinal matchup with Minnetonka. The Spuds earned the 5 seed and will play at 9am. 

Fan buses for both events are available for students:

Football Fan Bus:
Cost: $20
Depart MHS: 8am on Saturday, Nov. 9
Deadline: 10am on Friday. 

Volleyball Fan Bus:
Cost: $20
Depart MHS: 5am on Thursday, Nov. 7
Deadline: 12pm on Wednesday

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