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Football: Cannon Falls pulls quarterfinal upset over TCU

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The seventh and eighth seeds in the section football playoffs rarely get to see the semifinals. For Cannon Falls, the No. 7 seed in the Section 1AAA tournament, that could have been the case. The Bombers trailed Tri-City United by 12 points heading into halftime, and with two straight scores, the Titans had all the momentum.

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But Cannon Falls did not wilt. Instead, the Bombers scored the final two touchdowns of the game, adding a two-point conversion on the final one to upset the No. 2 seed 29-26.

“We keep tell(ing) the boys ‘continue to play hard and good things will happen,’” said Cannon Falls head coach Josh Hofstedt. “I'm so happy to finally see it come true.  Our boys have worked very hard this year and this was a much deserved victory.  I'm so proud of them.”

After the Titans scored with 8 minutes, 55 seconds left in the first quarter, the Bombers tied the game on a 42-yard pass from Hunter Johnson to Jordan Lundell at 6:01. After another TCU score, Johnson again struck through the air, hitting Brock Peterson for a 65-yard touchdown. Cannon Falls took the lead at 4:14 of the second quarter when Derek Johnson connected on the point after.

The Titans grabbed the lead again with back-to-back scores, the second and third touchdown passes of the game for TCU quarterback Ted Christian. That left the Titans with a 26-14 lead at the break.

Two scores behind, the Bombers had to get back in the game quickly. And they made it happen with defense.

Clay Broze picked up a fumble, taking it 37 yards to pay dirt, and pulling the Bombers to within five points at 9:06 of the third quarter.

The Titans held onto the lead well into the fourth quarter until Nick Lorentz plowed into the end zone from a yard out with 4:56 to go in the game, and the Bombers held on for the victory.

Hunter Johnson finished 10 of 27 for 23 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, adding 83 yards on 22 carries. Lorentz only had two carries, gaining just four yards, but did score the deciding touchdown. Lundell caught four passes for 112 yards while Peterson snagged three balls for 103 yards.

Defensively, Nate Melhouse had 11 tackles and three sacks while Broze added four tackles, a sack and the fumble recovery. Sterling Carlson had nine tackles as well.

The Bombers (3-6) will face third-seeded Plainview-Elgin-Millville (6-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Elgin. The Bulldogs were 22-19 winners over sixth-seeded Jordan Tuesday night.

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