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Gophers Bury Nuggets, Make Prep Bowl


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Sports

One would think, with all the yellow helmets around Chatfield tailback Jake Neis, that he’d be hemmed in. But Neis took this run to the house. Hawley defenders rarely hemmed in Gopher RB’s. With nearly 500 yards rushing, Chatfield dispensed with the Nuggetts 41-21 and moved on to the Class AA title game. Photo by Paul Trende

It’s long been known, that the 3-Rivers conference is a mecca for great football, great football teams. From the 1995 season where two teams won state titles (Chatfield Class C, Kingsland Class B), to the 2002 season which saw three 3-Rivers teams win state titles (R-P in Class A, Kingsland in Class AA, P-E-M in Class AAA), to Rushford-Peterson’s five state appearances in the 2000’s, to Caledonia’s recent run atop Class AA; area squads often find their toughest competition very close to home. If they can get out of their own section the sky is often times the limit. Well the 2013 Chatfield Gophers got out of their own section, past the Caledonia’s vaunted program. Their next two opponents haven’t offered up nearly as difficult a challenges. The Gophers (11-1) followed up a 32-6 win over Jackson County Central in the state quarterfinals, with an even more impressive 41-21 win over Hawley (10-1), the Section 8AA champion, in the state semifinals at the Metrodome. The Gophers buried the Nuggets, poetically with a great ground game, to move on to the Prep Bowl. They are at the sky.

Chatfield showed its up-front dominance right out of the gate. Their offensive line, the beasts incarnate, Sawyer Prinsen, Brandon Adler, Tommy Jech, Michael Mabe, Ian Morrison, T.J. Moechnig, and Jayme LaPlante at tight end, exerted their superiority right out of the gates. Gopher runners ripped off impressive run after impressive run from basically start to finish. A trio of double digit gallops, two by Jake Neis, one by Alex Bradt, on Chatfield’s first series, garnered the Gophers a first and goal. Three plays later, a Neis 2-yard plunge put Chatfield up 6-0. Hawley ran three plays, punted, and it was back to the Gopher ground game. Some Neis, some Bradt, a sprinkling of Nate Skare, and then a 14-yard Alex Haffner run set the Gophers up first and goal on the one. Another Neis TD run (1-yard) made it 12-0. Early in the second quarter, Chatfield picked up where they left off. A Neis 40-yard run got the Gophers into the red zone. Two plays later, Bradt churned his way up the gut for a 10-yard TD making it 19-0. After a Hawley 3-and-out, it was more from the Chatfield office of offensive redundancy. A 19-yard Skare to Drew Hurley completion got things started. From there, it was Bradt, Skare, and Neis on the ground. Jake’s third TD of the half, on 4th and goal from the two, made it 26-0. In between all that, Chatfield’s defense made life miserable fo .....
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FC gives back

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
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During the month of December bring a non-perishable food item; new or gently used hats, mittens or gloves; non-wrapped Christmas gift item for a toddler through teen, to any home Fillmore Central basketball game or wrestling meet and receive $1.00 o ..... 
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Fantastic, Falcons

Mon, Nov 18th, 2013
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Wow! What a year, what a last couple weeks, for the Fillmore Central volleyball team. The 2013 state tournament was an amazing trio of days for any Falcon fan or former graduate (like the writer of this column). All state trips are special. This one ..... 
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Gophers dome-bound!

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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It’s one thing to make the state football tournament, to be one of the eight section champions. It’s another to get past the neutral site quarterfinal game, and make your way to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Well the Chatfield Gophers won ..... 
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Gopher Volleyball Section Runner-Up

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
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For the Chatfield volleyball team, things didn’t go as well for their male counterparts or FC adversaries. The Gopher gals were able to win the Sub-Section 1AA East title. They took a hard fought affair over 3-seed Dover-Eyota (16-13) 3-to-1. Al ..... 
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FC VB, Chatfield FB state-bound

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
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A pair of county teams, Chatfield football, and Fillmore Central volleyball, entered ‘sections’ week seeking retribution. They got so much more. The Chatfield Gophers are the 2013 Section 1AA football champions. They ended Caledonia’s remarka ..... 
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Big rematches set

Mon, Nov 4th, 2013
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At the start of the season, Sub-Section 1A-East volleyball and Section 1AA football each had a pair of teams seemingly destined for each other. On the volleyball court, Mabel-Canton and Fillmore Central ended last season with an epic 1A East semifin ..... 
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Anderson tops 100, Burros tie for first

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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Usually, topping ‘100’ in football means going over a hundred yards rushing or receiving. But 100 yards rushing for Lanesboro senior tailback Niko Anderson really isn’t a noteworthy accomplishment. He often does it in one half of a game. In ..... 
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3-Rivers undefeateds do battle

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
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By Paul Trende The atmosphere couldn’t have gotten much bigger and better for a volleyball contest. The media was there. CCTV took their cameras on the road, with Bill Bentson on commentary. Devon Krueger announced the contest for KFIL. Camerame ..... 
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