The Faribault Falcons ended their year of football with losses to only state-ranked teams. Stewartville, Kasson-Mantorville, Mankato East and Hutchinson.
Two of those teams will play in the Prep Bowl next weekend at US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
The Hutchinson Tigers roared against the Orono Spartans 36-6 today and will face the Kasson-Mantorville KoMets next weekend for the Class 4A title.
The Tigers were leading 22-0 at halftime and have never regretted the Spartans’ dominance.
Hutchinson imposed his will on Orono amassing 332 yards and 49 yards. The Tigers had 59 points to 16 for Orono. The first downs were 24-6.
The Spartans had 53 passing yards while Hutchinson had 29 yards, taking the Tigers’ total offense from 361 to 102 in the game.
Hutchinson had 80 yards or more in the game led by Andrew Ladwig (5’9, 175, Jr.) with 138 yards on 21 carries, one scoring, the longest run of 31 yards. Alex Elliot (6’2, 180, Jr.) added 82 yards on 14 carries, 2 touchdowns, 15 yards longest, Levi Teetzel (6’0, 190, Jr.) 80 yards on 17 carries, one score, 16 yards longest.
Tigers quarterback Colin Nagel (6’3, 230, Sr.) threw just 3 passes, completing one for his team for a touchdown and one for Orono’s team. Samuel Rensch (6’6, 210, Sr.) scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass for the second touchdown of the game.
8 different receivers caught balls from quarterback Charlie Kraus (6’0, 180, Jr.) for the Spartans who was 6 of 14 for 53 yards and an interception.
The Tigers had no punt in the game with 9 of 12 in third down conversions, 2 for 2 in fourth down conversions. Orono was 3 out of 7 on the third try and 0 to 1 on the conversion tries on the fourth try.
Hutchinson had the ball 43:21 while Orono finished with 16:39 of possession time.
The Tigers face Kasson-Mantorville at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 at the Prep Bowl at US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
The Falcons lost to Kasson-Mantorville 42-41 in the regular season at Kasson and fell to Hutchinson in the Section 2 Class 4A title game at Hutch 46-12.
Orono finished his season 6-7. The Tigers are 12-1 heading into the Prep Bowl against the KoMets 9-3.
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