10/31/2013 1:55:00 PM Two upset wins for CFHS football
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls High School football team again sits one game away from the state tournament, after upset wins over Tri-City United and Plainview-Elgin-Millville.
Cannon opened playoffs with a thrilling 29-26 win over #2 seed TCU on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with Nick Lorentz scoring from a yard out late in the 4th quarter to seal the win.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the 1st half, with CFHS taking a 14-13 lead at the 4:14 mark of the opening stanza. Hunter Johnson completed two touchdown passes during that span, to fellow seniors Jordan Lundell and Brock Peterson.
Tri-City scored the next two touchdowns and led at the break, 26-14. Senior Clay Broze got the Bombers on the board in the 3rd quarter after scooping up a fumble and rambling 37 yards for a score. Senior Derek Johnson kicked the third of his three extra points to make the score 26-21.
Lorentz plowed in from the one at the 4:56 mark of the 4th quarter, and Johnson hit Lundell for a crucial 2-point conversion, giving the Bombers a 29-26 lead and ultimately the win.
TCU didn't go quietly, marching down to inside the Cannon five, but the stout Bomber defense held for three plays, and a fumbled snap on a field goal attempt ended TCU's chances.
"We keep telling the boys 'continue to work hard and good things will happen,'" coach Josh Hofstedt said. "I'm so happy to see that finally come true. Our boys have worked very hard this year and this was a much-deserved victory."
Johnson completed 10 of 27 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Lundell caught four balls for 112 yards, Peterson three for 103 and Alex Bultena two for 16. Johnson had 83 yards rushing.
Nate Melhouse led with 11 tackles and three sacks, Sterling Carlson had nine tackles, Austin Noble six tackles, Garrett Beach five tackles and an interception, Broze four tackles, a sack and fumble recovery, Taylor Carlson four tackles, Tanner Carlson four tackles, and Lundell three tackles and an interception.
Cannon Falls, the #7 seed in the section, then faced #3 seed PEM on Saturday. After spotting PEM a field, the Bombers ripped off 33 straight points to win convincingly, 33-16.
Johnson threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for two more. His TD passes went to Lundell (51 yards and 50 yards), and to Bultena (four yards). He scored on the ground from six and three yards.
Johnson was the leading rusher, gaining 118 yards on 19 carries. Lorentz gained 40 yards. Lundell caught five passes for 154 yards, Peterson four for 67, Bultena five for 25 and Kyler Banks one for 16.
Sterling Carlson and Melhouse had six tackles each, and Melhouse had a sack. Noble and Taylor Carlson had four tackles each, Lundell had three tackles and three interceptions, and Broze had a sack.
The Bombers now face #1 seed Rochester Lourdes on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Kasson-Mantorville High School. The winner advances to the state tournament.