Virginia at Aitkin
A 9-day layoff didn’t slow down the Aitkin Gobblers rushing attack in the Section 7AAA Semifinals against the Virginia Blue Devils for a 56-6 victory in the final game of the season for both teams.
Aitkin wasted little time by reaching the endzone in their first series on a 4th and 6 with Owen Miller running from 12 yards out. Miller would reach again before the end of the 1st quarter with a 69 yard scoring run. Austin Price and Hunter Nissen both scored on the Gobblers way to a 26-0 halftime lead.
Scoring was a plenty in the 2nd half as Owen Miller’s 3rd touchdown was followed 3 plays later with Virginia’s Jack Toman connecting to Tom Nemanich for a 10 yard score, as the Blue Devils trailed 34-6. Aitkin would round off the scoring with rushes from Jake Ince, Owen Miller, and Austin Price.
Aitkin finishes the year at 6-1 as Virginia falling to 4-4.
Aitkin Stats (21 first downs, 11 penalties)
Rushing – 513 yards – Owen Miller 20 rush, 241yd, 4 TD; Hunter Nissen 10 rush, 113yd, TD; Austin Price 18 rush, 90yd, 2 TD; Caiden Kjelstrom 6 rush, 61yd,; Jake Ince 1 rush, 8yd, TD
Passing – 58 yards – Caiden Kjelstrom 4-10, 58yd, 2 INT
Receiving – 58 yards – Jake Ince 2 rec, 15yd; Hunter Nissen 1 rec, 23yd; Owen Miller 1 rec, 18yd
Defense – Sacks: Hunter Nissen, Jackson MacDonald, Austin Price (2), Blaise Sanford, Joey Simonson, Landen Janzen; Interceptions – Hunter Nissen, Jeremiah Smythe, Jake Ince; Fumble Recoveries – Jaeland Williams
Virginia Stats (8 first downs, 6 penalties)
Rushing – 26 yards – Ryan Scherf 10 rush, 38yd; Nick Peters 4 rush, 5yd; Jacob Burress 1 rush, 2 yards; Jack Toman 8 rush, -19yd
Passing – Jack Toman 11-24, 151yd, TD, 3 INT
Receiving – Cole Schaefer 2 rec, 54yd; Landin McCarty 1 rec, 42yd; Nick Peters 5 rec, 24yd; Ryan Scherf 2 rec, 11yd; Mason Carlson and Tom Nemanich 1 rec, 10yd
Defense – Interception: Gavin Dahl, Landin McCarty