Cambridge-Isanti was shut down by visiting Bemidji 21-0 in the Saturday, Oct. 27 afternoon semifinals. The Lumberjacks will take on top-seed Chisago Lakes for the Section 7AAAAA championship Nov. 2.
The game began with a series of punt exchanges, then Bemidji put together a good drive which reached the C-I 12. But sacks by Bluejacket defenders Weylin Iglesias and Kyle Chromy ended that threat.
Iglesias picked up another sack on Bemidji’s next possession, but the C-I offense was stymied when Nick Hovila picked off a bomb attempt at midfield. The ‘Jacks went on to score when soph QB James Hendricks scrambled 13 yards for the touchdown.
C-I halfback Sam Thomas was lost to a knee injury on the ensuing kickoff. C-I got inside Bemijdi territory when Travis Holt hauled in a 36-yard catch, but that drive ended on downs when the Lumberjacks stopped a 4th-and-1 run.
Bemidji made it 14-0 when they drove the 65 yards, helped by a 29-yard reception from Alex Fenson and scoring on a 10-yard Tanner Boes run.
The Jackets’ first possession of the second half ended on downs at the B 28, and C-I lost a fumble just into the fourth quarter. Bemidji iced the win when Brady Schmidt broke off a long run to the C-I 11 and later scored from two yards out with 3:50 to play.
Wrapped up C-I Coach Mike Hennen on the Jackets’ 6-3 season, “The team made great strides from a year ago. There was nobody outside of our team that thought we would compete for a M-8 Conference championship, but there we were the final week of the season. The seniors were a huge part of the turnaround. Their determination, character and heart were evident all season long in the way they led the team. I am excited to see if the underclassmen can bring it to the next level. And if the underclassmen learned anything from this group of seniors, I hope it was that great things can be done when nobody cares who gets the credit.”
Bemidji 21, Cambridge-Isanti 0
First Downs 8 17
Rushing 36/114 44/253
Passing 14/4/1 10/3/0
Passing Yds 87 62
Total Yds 201 315
Bluejacket Individual Stats
Rushing: Laidly 20/58; Iglesias 6/53; Thomas 5/6. Passing: Solberg 12/4/1- 87 yds. Receiving: Holt 2/47; Swanson 2/40. Tackles: Holt 15, Vavra 10.5, Iglesias 7.5 (2 sacks), Thomas 6.5, Chromy 5.5 (sack), Gossen 5.5, Miller 4.5, Laidly 4.5.