Barnesville blows out Rebels in state quarterfinal
The Barnesville Trojans dominated the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels posting a 40-0 shutout in the Minnesota Class AA state quarterfinal game at Brainerd high school Friday, Nov. 9.
“It was each kid doing their own job,” said head coach Bryan Strand. “They really trust each other; we’re not real big, but we swarmed the ball. There was no daylight for them today.”
The game got off to a rocky start for both teams.
Barnesville fumbled the ball away on their second play from scrimmage after stopping the opening Rebel drive on downs at the Rebels’ 39-yard line. The Trojan defense forced a punt six plays later and it was all Trojans for the remainder of the half.
“The momentum was huge,” Barnesville sophomore quarterback Adam Tonsfeldt said. “We got rolling. Our offensive line was playing great and sustained blocks all night. You have to give almost all the credit to them. They played incredible.”
Tonsfeldt gave the Trojans the lead scoring on a 61-yard run down the Rebel sideline and passed to Grant Inniger on the conversion for an 8-0 advantage with four-minutes, 51-seconds remaining in the first quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Tonsfeldt picked off Rebel quarterback Mason Olson to set the Trojan offense up at the Rebel 34-yard line.
Four plays later, Kellen Hinsz scored from 14 yards out for a 14-0 lead on the last play of the first quarter.
While Barnesville was finding success moving the ball, the Rebels struggled to maintain drives.
“They pull a lot of lineman and our linebackers read so well tonight,” Tonsfeldt said. “We shut down that double tight early and made them go spread and we got great penetration and played great defense.”
The Trojan defense was stout forcing a three-and-out and a fourth down quick kick by the Rebels went nowhere giving Barnesville prime real estate at the Rebel 37.
Tonsfeldt converted a fourth-and-six with a pass to Chase Brenner to get inside the red zone. Hinsz dove for the pylon converting a third-and-11 from the 14-yard line to get to the goal line and Hunter Anderson plunged in from a yard out to go up 20-0 midway through the second quarter.
The Rebel offense got some traction late in the half after Brady Watrin intercepted a Tonsfeldt pass to give ML-WR the ball at midfield. The Rebels drove to the Trojan 24-yard line but Barnesville’s defense came up big again.
A fumble bounded into the hands of Joey Mark, who scored on a back-breaking 75-yard return to give the Trojans a 28-0 lead in the final seconds of the half.
The Trojans deferred after winning the coin toss and took the opening kick at their own 30 looking to bury the Rebels. Moose Lake-Willow River stiffened forcing a punt at midfield and the snap dribbled to punter Preston Snobl where the ball was downed as he tried to corral it giving the Rebels hope inside the Trojan 40.
Barnesville defenders nipped any momentum in one play pouncing on an Anakin Oswald fumble to get the ball right back.
Tonsfeldt led an 11-play, 67-yard drive scoring on a two-yard run and taking the third quarter clock down to 1:58 leading 34-0.
Nick Detloff added the final score in the fourth quarter from 35 yards out for the 40-0 final.
“One game at a time,” Strand said. “I don’t know who we're playing and I don’t care who we’re playing. We’re going down to the Bank again and I couldn't be happier for these kids.”
Barnesville (10-2) will face Minneapolis North (11-0) in the state semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16.
“Awesome, we’re going to build off this and keep playing well,” Tonsfeldt said.
B 14 14 6 6 - 40
M 0 0 0 0 - 0
B - Adam Tonsfeldt 61 run (Grant Inniger pass from Adam Tonsfeldt)
B - Kellen Hinsz 14 run (run failed)
B - Hunter Anderson 1 run (run failed)
B- Joey Mark 75 fumble return (Preston Snobl run)
B - Tonsfeldt 2 run (run failed)
B - Nick Detloff 35 run (kick failed)