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Prep Football: Morris/CA overwhelms Albany to advance to Section 6AAA championship game

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Tribune Staff Report

MORRIS -- The Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers weren't fazed by a big Albany play in the first quarter and the Tigers methodically took care of business on Saturday in the Section 6AAA semifinals.

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The Tigers scored 26 unanswered points in the second and third quarters and defeated their old West Central Conference partner 33-13.

Morris/CA improved to 9-0 and will play another former WCC team, New London-Spicer (6-4), for the section title at 5:45 p.m. Friday at St. Cloud State.

On Saturday, Tigers quarterback Jacob Torgerson started the scoring with a 7-yard TD run, but Albany's Mike Schlangen returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to make it 7-6 Tigers.

MCA didn't flinch, with Tom Holland and Torgerson punching in second-quarter TD runs for a 20-6 lead. The biggest play of the game came with Albany facing a fourth-down play from the Tigers' 5-yard line with about four seconds left. But MCA sacked Albany quarterback Scott Litchy as time expired.

The Tigers' Connor Metzger and Jordan Staples scored TDs in the third quarter to put the game away.

MCA's balanced rushing attack piled up 333 yards, led by Holland's 123. The Tigers also didn't commit a turnover while the defense sacked Litchy six times.

Morris/CA 33, Albany 13

Albany (5-5) 6 0 0 7 -- 13

Morris/CA (9-0) 7 13 13 0 -- 33

M - Jacob Torgerson 7 run (Noah Grove kick)

A - Mike Schlangen 75 kick return (kick failed)

M - Tom Holland 11 run (Grove kick)

M - Torgerson 1 run (kick failed)

M - Connor Metzer 34 run (Grove kick)

M - Jordan Staples 8 run (kick failed)

A - Schlangen 14 run (Scott Litchy kick)

Albany

Team statistics

First downs: 11 ... Rushing: 48-155 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 4-14-62-2 ... Fumbles lost: 1 ... Penalties: 3-35

Individual statistics

Rushing: Scott Litchy 21-44, Mike Schlangen 15-86 ... Passing: Litchy 4-13-62-2, Blake Meyer 0-1-0-0 ... Receiving: Schlangen 3-40, Meyer 1-22 ... Punting: Litchy 3-87 (29.0) ... Interceptions: None ... Fumble recoveries: None

Morris/Chokio-Alberta

Team statistics

First downs: 17 ... Rushing: 52-333 ... Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 5-10-61-0 ... Fumbles lost: None ... Penalties: 5-50

Individual statistics

Rushing: Tom Holland 14-123, Jordan Staples 11-58, Tanner Picht 10-69, Connor Metzger 4-53, Jacob Torgerson 10-24, Aaron Nelson 2-6 ... Passing: Torgerson 5-10-61-0 ... Receiving: Holland 1-11, Logan Manska 2-47, Chandler Erickson 1-4, Picht 1-0 ... Punting: Picht 2-53 (27.0) ... Interceptions: Staples 1, Austin Diercks 1 ... Fumble recoveries: Nick Vipond 1 ... Tackles (solo-assist): Tyler Henrichs 1-5, Erickson 5-3, Metzger 2-6, Staples 2-4, John Tiernan 1-4, Nate Vipond 1-2, Nick Vipond 3-4 ... QB sacks: Nick Vipond 1, Nate Vipond 1, Tiernan 1, Henrichs 1, Erickson 1, Staples 1

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