Big second quarter sends Knights past Bluejacket Football

St. Michael-Albertville stayed in the Mississippi 8 Red Division race by blasting through a big second quarter of scoring to defeat visiting Cambridge-Isanti 31-6 Oct. 11. The Knights travel to Rogers Oct. 16 to decide the conference title of the larger schools in the M-8.

In the Mississippi 8 Red, Chisago Lakes clinched that conference championship half by defeating Monticello 43-29 last Friday.

St. Michael-Albertville put up all 31 of its points in the second quarter with the stiff wind at its back. Dallas Freeman scored on a 78-yard catch-and-run just into the quarter, then Noah Evans made it 14-0 on a 10-yard run. The Bluejackets’ next punt deep in their end was tipped and returned for a Knight score by Chris Kartes.

After the Jackets were stopped again, Kartes blasted in from the 1 for the next Knight TD. STMA then booted a 26-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the half. The Bluejackets got on the board with 2:15 left in the game when Hunter Vavra scored on a 1-yard run.

• The Bluejackets will host Princeton Oct. 16 to wrap up the regular season. Cambridge-Isanti is currently in the No. 5 seed position in Section 7AAAAA which would send them to No. 4 St. Francis for the Oct. 22 quarterfinals if positions do not change after the Oct. 16 games. Brainerd and Chisago Lakes are in position for the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds and subsequent first-round byes.

St. Michael-A. 31, Cambridge-Isanti 6

C-I STMA

First Downs 12 11

Rushing 51/185 28/152

Passing 10/4/0 13/6/0

Passing Yds 46 174

Total Yds 231 326

Bluejacket Individual Stats: Rushing: Chromy 21/91; Vavra 19/53, TD; Knowlton 6/53. Passing: Solberg 10/4/0- 46 yds. Receiving: Vavra 2/26, Chromy 1/11, Kuehn 1/9. Tackles: Solberg 7, Kuehn 6, Knowlton 5, Johnson 5, Nelson 3, Simon 2, Crocker 2, Vavra 2, Chromy 2.

Mississippi 8 Football: Blue Div.: Rogers 4-0, 7-0; St. Michael-Alb. 4-0, 7-0; St. Francis 3-2, 4-3; Cambridge-Isanti 2-3, 4-3; Buffalo 0-4, 1-6; Duluth East 0-4, 0-7.  Red Div.: Chisago Lakes 5-0, 6-1; Monticello 3-1, 4-3; Princeton 3-2, 5-2; North Branch 1-3, 2-5; Big Lake 1-4, 1-6; Duluth Denfeld 1-4, 1-6.

Section 7AAAAA standings: Brainerd 7-0, Chisago Lakes 6-1, Bemidji 6-1, St. Francis 4-3, Cambridge-Isanti 4-3, Duluth East 0-7.

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