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The Browerville defense stymied Shane Novak and the New York Mills offense allowing only three first half yards to the Eagles' in a Section 6A quarterfinal football game Tuesday evening. Robert Williams/FOCUS

Browerville dominates New York Mills in section quarters

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BROWERVILLE - The No. 2 Browerville Tigers controlled every aspect of the first half against No. 7 New York Mills and cruised to a 42-13 Section 6A quarterfinal victory.

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"Not the way we wanted to end our season," New York Mills Head Coach Matt Radniecki said. "Browerville came ready to play and you have to give their coaching staff a lot of credit, their kids were ready to play and raised their game up a notch. They didn't do anything different then what we had planned for, but rather they came off the ball extremely well and ran hard through the holes. Their line did a great job of creating seams for their backs to run through."

Browerville scored on their first two drives moving down the field methodically.

"We just couldn't get anything going and seemed to lose that edge after Browerville scored their second touchdown. We missed some opportunities and we lost the turnover battle 3 to 1 and we aren't an explosive team so falling behind early makes it hard for us to come back."

Quarterback Mitchell Heid hit Reid Pearson in the middle of the Eagles' defense for an opening 18-yard touchdown pass. Heid's kick was good for a 7-0 lead with 7:28 remaining in the first quarter.

Taylor Ericksrud returned the ensuing kickoff a shifty 41 yards setting up New York Mills in Browerville territory at the 49.

A Shane Novak three-yard run, a procedure penalty and a stuff of Tyler Patron at the line set up third and 12.

Eagles' quarterback Charlie Peeters was picked off by Jackson Polak to end any chance at answering Browerville's early score.

Browerville picked off Peeters three times.

The Tigers marched from the Eagles 48-yard line to the goal line in six plays culminating in an Adam Sutlief 10-yard touchdown run.

Heid's point-after was good, but negated by an early whistle. His second attempt failed to leave the score at 13-0.

The point coming off the board was a brief silver lining in the foggy cloud that hung over Browerville proper all night for the visiting Eagles.

New York Mills started their second drive of the game from their own 37 and gained two yards before punting.

Browerville ran out the remainder of the first quarter and ate up eight minutes of the second quarter scoring with 4:05 remaining in the half.

Eliezer Vigil scored his first of three touchdowns from three yards out.

Heid's PAT was good for a 20-0 lead.

Two incomplete passes and a bad snap put the Eagles in punt formation having lost two yards with 3:02 remaining.

Browerville again moved down the field leading to a one-yard run by Vigil. The Tigers led 26-0 with 17 ticks until halftime.

The Eagles knelt on the ball to run out the first half clock having come no closer than seven yards away from a first down on 12 plays in the first half.

Total first half yards were 257-3 in favor of Browerville. Time of possession was a whopping 19:15 to 4:45.

Novak got the Eagles on the scoreboard on a one-yard run with four minutes left in the third quarter. Novak was set up in the red zone on a 48-yard pass from Peeters to Ericksrud.

Novak's touchdown and PAT made the score 28-7.

A bad snap on the Eagles' opening second half drive landed Peeters in the end zone for a Browerville safety.

AJ Wegscheid scored from 38 yards out in the fourth quarter to wrap up the Eagles' scoring.

Browerville moves on to host Ottertail Central. The Bulldogs whipped up on Lake Park-Audubon 63-22.

New York Mills ends its season with a record of 2-7 having run into two hot teams to end the year.

"We hope to improve again next year and get a few more wins. The kids are learning what it takes to be a Browerville program, that year in and year out we will be competitive."

The Tigers have won seven straight games after losing their opening two.

Barnesville, who the Eagles faced in the Fargodome to end the regular season, is undefeated and likely bound for a state tournament appearance.

Barnesville unloaded on Bagley in the Trojans' first round playoff game 57-8.

In those last two games, New York Mills was outscored 94-20.

Scoring:

BRO 13 13 2 14 -- 42

NYM 0 0 7 6 -- 13

1-Heid to Pearson 18yd TD pass, Heid kick good.

1-Sutlief 10yd TD run, PAT failed

2-Vigil 3yd TD run, Heid kick good

2-Vigil 1yd TD run, PAT failed

3-Safety

3-Novak 1yd TD run, Novak kick good

4-Vigil 7yd TD run, 2-pt PAT failed

4-Polak 37yd TD run, 2-pt run Holmquist

4-Wegscheid 38yd TD run, 2-pt PAT failed

Statistics:

Browerville:

Rushing:

Sutlief 17-70, TD; Vigil 21-67, 3TD; Heid 9-49; Polack 3-41, TD; Iten 5-19; Holmquist 4-27; Knutson 1-2. 275 total yards.

Passing:

Heid 5-9, 101 yards, TD; Polak 1-2, 6 yards.

Receiving:

Pearson 4-63, TD; Johnson 1-12; Petermeier 1-17.

Total offense: 382 yards.

Penalties 1-5.

New York Mills:

Rushing:

Wegscheid 2-44, TD; Patron 9-18; Novak 6-9, TD; Peeters 4 - -3; Tumberg 2-24; Frost 1-2. 94 total yards.

Passing: Peeters 1-8, 48 yards, 3 INT; Kraft 0-2.

Receiving: Ericksrud 1-48.

Total offense: 142 yards.

Penalties: 4-20

Game statistics courtesy of Mike Peterson, Lakes 99.5 Sports Director.

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Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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