Jacket Football heads to Rogers for M-8 showdown

The Mississippi 8 schedule makers had it dead-on this season when they pitted Cambridge-Isanti at Rogers for the Oct. 16 finale. That game will determine a conference championship, along with settling key positioning for the 2012 playoffs.

Senior fullback Chance Laidly

Monticello can also grasp a share of the M-8 title if they defeat visiting St. Michael-Albertville on the 16th.

The Bluejackets took care of business Oct. 12 when they hammered visiting Big Lake 42-6 on “Senior Night.” Senior fullback Chance Laidly had a monster evening with 219 rushing yards and scoring five touchdowns. After the Hornets led early, Laidly’s 5-yard touchdown catch put C-I ahead to stay.

The Bluejackets kept rolling to build a 28-6 edge by halftime. Laidly scored on runs of 40 and 23 yards, then he got into the end zone on a 2-yard run with just 33 seconds left. Hunter Vavra grabbed a 36-yard TD pass from John Solberg to open the third quarter, then Laidly added a 1-yard TD run five minutes later to close out the scoring.

The Jacket defense totaled six sacks on the Hornets (two each by Mark Gossen and Dakota Johnson), and Solberg picked off his fourth pass of the season.

7AAAAA Playoffs outlook: A win at Rogers would lock in the No. 1 seed for the Jackets and give them a bye for the Oct. 23 quarterfinals. Chisago Lakes, coming off a tough 20-13 loss at Spring Lake Park, could sneak into the top slot with a C-I loss and a win over Irondale in its last game. Bemidji is also hanging around and hosts Sartell on the 16th.

Cambridge-Isanti 42, Big Lake 6

C-I B.Lake

First Downs 16 13

Rushing 45/377 35/89

Passing 5/3/0 18/8/1

Passing Yds 51 98

Total Yds 428 187

Bluejacket Individual Stats

Rushing: Laidly 23/219, 4 TD; Thomas 9/69; Knowlton 3/54; Pasch 2/15; Solberg 2/13. Receiving: Solberg 5/3/0- 51 yds, 2 TD; Receiving: Laidly 2/15, TD; Vavra 1/36, TD. Tackles: Holt 8, Knowlton 6, Vavra 5, Auren 4.5, Miller 4 (sack), DeBaere 4, Kuehn 3.5, Willette 3.5 (sack). Kicking: Rouse 6 X-pts, 7 kickoffs 54.4 avg. J.Johnson 2 punts 34.5 avg.

Mississippi 8 Football: Cambridge-Isanti 5-1, 6-1; Rogers 5-1, 6-1; Monticello 4-1, 6-1; St. Michael-Alb. 3-2, 5-2; Buffalo 2-3, 2-5; Duluth East 1-4, 2-5; Big Lake 1-4, 2-5; Duluth Denfeld 0-5, 0-7

Section 7AAAAA standings: Cambridge-Isanti 6-1; Chisago Lakes 5-2; Bemidji 5-2; Duluth East 2-5; St. Francis 0-1, 1-6; Duluth Denfeld 0-7.

Braham Football defeated by Vikings

Cook County stayed within a game of Barnum in the GPFA Red Conference by defeating visiting Braham 42-6 Oct. 12. The Vikings scored on three touchdown runs before Sam Stigen got the Bombers on the board with a 1-yard TD run to make it 22-6 at the half.

The Bombers host Ogilvie Oct. 17 to close out the regular season. They are currently in the No. 6 seed spot in the Section 7AA QR rankings, which would mean a road trip to No. 3 Duluth Marshall for the Oct. 23 quarterfinals if no changes occur.

Cook County 42, Braham 6

Brm Cook Co

First Downs 14 26

Rushing 33/25 36/386

Passing 31/15/1 8/5/0

Passing Yds 178 82

Total Yds 203 468

Bomber Individual Stats

Rushing: Hollenkamp 6/26; Overton 4/14; Stigen 1/-11, TD. Passing: Stigen 27/15/0, 178 yds. Receiving: Grell 4/63; Dahlman 3/48; Altendorf 3/38; Hollenkamp 4/22; T.Johnson 1/7. Tackles: Hollenkamp 9, Clemmer 6.5, Stigen 6, Braund 6,  Stomlund 5.5, Grell 5, Sutton 4.

Great Polar Football All. Red: Barnum 5-0, 5-2; Cook Co. 4-1, 5-1; Braham 3-2, 3-4; Deer River 3-2, 3-4; East Central 2-4, 2-5; Mesabi East 1-4, 1-6; Ogilvie 0-5, 0-7

Section 7AA standings: Moose Lake-WR 7-0; Hinckley-Fin. 6-1; Duluth Marshall 4-3; Eveleth-Gilbert 4-4; Rush City 3-4; Braham 3-4; Deer River 3-4; Two Harbors 0-7.

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