Waubun Football - Ada-Borup wins No. 2 seed
Ada-Borup defensive lineman Travis Anderson had never recovered a fumble in the nearly five years of playing football, coming into Wednesday's showdown with North Tri-County Conference foe Waubun.
Anderson can cross that off his list, pouncing on three fumbles to help lead the No. 7-ranked Cougars to a 14-6 victory over the Bombers in rain-soaked Minnesota Class 9-man high school football.
"It just happens, and when I saw it, I just went for it," Anderson said. "It was intense because there were a lot of people who wanted this. I'm really glad our team stepped up and sacrificed ourselves to get the win."
The win made it eight straight victories for Ada-Borup (7-1, 6-1) over Waubun dating back to September of 2008.
The win not only continued the Cougars dominance over the Bombers, but put the Cougars on top of the North Tri-County Conference, pending a matchup this morning between Park Christian and Win-E-Mac. The Cougars need a Win-E-Mac loss to lock up the conference championship.
"It was by far the hardest-hitting game both ways we've had all year long," Ada-Borup coach Nathan Brager said. "I hate to say it, but we're actually going to cheer for Park Christian tomorrow. We hope they can help us win that conference championship back, but no matter what, we need to focus on playoffs. We have bigger goals."
Waubun (6-2, 5-2) opened the scoring with just less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter when Cody Kologi took a 2-yard plunge into the end zone to make it 6-0. The 2-point conversion was stuffed, so the scored remained 6-0.
Ada-Borup answered on the ensuing drive, marching 70 yards on nine plays, capping the drive with a 2-yard touchdown scramble for JD Kappes to tie the game 6-6. Kappes turned a broken play into two points on another scramble on the 2-point conversion to give the Cougars an 8-6 lead.
The second half started with a bang when Blake Fetting returned the opening kickoff to the Waubun 38-yard line. Ada-Borup would turn the ball over on downs on the Bombers' 13-yard line.
Two plays later, Fetting pounced on a Bombers' fumble on the Waubun 11-yard line, but, once again, the Cougars would turn the ball over on downs.
Three plays later, Waubun fumbled again, with Anderson scooping it up on the Bombers' 30-yard line. Seven plays later, Ada-Borup was facing fourth-and-three, 18 yards away from the end zone, and looking as if the Cougars were going to let another opportunity go by the wayside.
A halfback option pass from Fetting to Lance Ruebke, however, erased the red zone problems and gave the Cougars a 14-6 cushion with 5:40 left in the third.
"We tried to look for a play that would actually work for us because, tonight, not many plays were working," Ruebke said. "I was hoping he would throw it to me and when I saw it in the air, I was just hoping to catch it and I did. We still have a lot of work to do."
Waubun fumbled the ball four times, as its conference championship hopes were washed away in the mud.
"We fumbled too many snaps," Waubun coach Paul Clark said. "There's a pretty good chance we are going to see them again. We came in thinking there'd be eight quarters between us. They won the first four, but, hopefully we win the second four."
Waubn will be the No. 3 seed and host No. 6 Hillcrest Tuesday at 7 p.m.
W 6 0 0 0- 6
AB 8 0 6 0-14
W-Kologi 2 run (run failed)
AB-Kappes 2 run (Kappes run)
AB-Ruebke 18 pass from Fetting (pass failed)
RUSHING: A, Kappes, 16-19, Ruebke 9-61, Fetting 13-31, Brainard 2-0. W, Kologi 12-92, McArthur 10-34, Spaeth 5-5, Erickson 6-32, Manypenny 2-4, Hanks 3-13, Heisler 2-(-2).
PASSING: A, Kappes 19-28-0 123 yards, Fetting 2-5-0 35 yards. W, McArthur 4-12-0 43 yards.
RECEIVING: A, Ruebke 11-91, M. Ruebke 4-38, Fetting, 3-14, Hoven 2-21, Brainard 1-(-6). W, Hanks 2-23, Erickson 2-20.