Nevis’ senior quarterback Jack DeWulf ran wild for 230 rushing yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns to send the Tigers (10-2) into the Minnesota State 9-man championship game Friday morning at U.S. Bank Stadium..
DeWulf struck in the passing game as well completing five of seven attempts for 136 yards and another touchdown to send Nevis to a first state championship game in five state tournament appearances.
Nevis built a 32-0 lead late in the second quarter when DeWulf scored on a six-yard run, his second touchdown of the first half.
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (10-3) answered with 20 seconds left in the second quarter on 4-yard scoring reception from junior quarterback Cooper Hansen to senior running back Westin Kirk.
R-T-R would score again to close the deficit to 32-16, but Nevis added two touchdowns, one in the final minutes of the third quarter and another early in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers had 525 yards of total offense, 389 rushing and 136 passing. Nevis was perfect in five red zone appearances finding the end zone on each possession.
Kyle Schmidt, Zach Henry, and Tucker Roehl had touchdown runs for the Tigers. Jack Landquist scored on an offensive fumble recovery in the end zone.
Nevis will face Spring Grove as the Lions earned a berth in the Prep Bowl championship game for the first time in three state tournament appearances following a 27-7 victory over Stephen-Argyle Thursday.
Junior quarterback Alex Folz powered the Lions (13-0) with 175 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He also completed 17 of 23 passes for 214 yards. Of the Lions’ 436 yards of total offense, he accounted for 389.
Stephen-Argyle (11-2), a seven-time 9-man championship team, opened the scoring on an 84-yard run by senior running back Stoene Spilde with 5:42 left in the first quarter. Minutes later, Folz scored on a four-yard run to create a 7-7l halftime deadlock.
The Lions, however, scored 20 unanswered points behind three touchdown runs by Folz in a span of just more than six minutes in the third quarter. Folz, also a linebacker on defense, had seven tackles.
The state championship game will be played Friday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.