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Football: Byron ends Wingers' year

Red Wing quarterback Ben Miller (13) tries to run away from a Byron defender during Tuesday's Section 1AAAA quarterfinal game in Byron, Minn. Miller and the Wingers fell 7-0, finishing the 2013 season without a victory. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

BYRON, Minn. – Ryan Thompson’s 1-yard quarterback sneak with 5 minutes, 48 seconds remaining lifted Byron over Red Wing, 7-0, in Tuesday’s Section 1AAAA quarterfinal. Thompson scored three plays after connecting with Wyatt Nelson on a 40-yard pass to get the Bears to the Wingers’ 7-yard line.

For more than three quarters, it appeared as though the Wingers would be the team to break through with a scoring play. Red Wing had the ball inside the Byron 5-yard line three times in the first half, but failed to get any points on the board, mostly due to penalties that pushed the Wingers into passing situations.

Normally, Red Wing head coach Matt Schultz would not be concerned airing it out. But, like the Bears, the Wingers had a third-string quarterback at the helm. And that quarterback, Ben Miller, was the Wingers’ best wideout.

That made things complicated for Schultz and Miller, who finished 2 of 14 with three interceptions in  his first game action under center in over two years.

“The advantage (Byron) had is that (Thompson) has played quarterback this year,” Schultz said. “Ben stepping in and playing for the first time this year, having three days to get ready, I think he did a (heck) of a job.”

One of the passes Miller completed was a 31-yard bomb to Ben Munson, a throw that got the Wingers a first down on a 4th-and-5 with a little more than four minutes remaining in the game.

But Omonte Bowens was thrown for a 7-yard loss later in the drive, forcing Schultz to call another fourth-down pass, this time from the 9-yard line. Miller was intercepted in the end zone, and the Bears were able to run out the clock a few plays later.

The Wingers finish the season 0-9, including an 0-7 mark in the Missota Conference.

Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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