Beyer, DGF earn semifinal trip to U.S. Bank Stadium
Ben Beyer couldn't be caught in the Minnesota Class 3A state football quarterfinal game Friday.
The senior running back for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rushed for a 64-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Ethan Edeen then hit him up the middle for a 66-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
It was part of 133 all-purpose yards for Beyer in the first half as the Rebels (11-1) built a 22-8 lead and went on to win 43-20 against Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (9-2). D-G-F earns a trip next week to the state semifinals that will be held in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
"Coach got us real motivated before it started," Beyer said. "He told us that we have to come out and hit them before they hit us. We talked about a bell in boxing and who's going to answer the bell first? We came out first and then put it down full throttle."
Beyer's first half was part of an explosive night for the Rebels. Edeen hit senior receiver Spencer Ewen for a 31-yard touchdown on 4th-and-15 on their first drive of the second half. It was the second of three touchdown passes for Edeen.
The defense got in on the act on the Tigers' ensuing possession as Steven Taves intercepted a pass and took it 45 yards for a touchdown that helped make it 36-8 after three quarters.
"We knew just to play our game and the big plays would come for us," Beyer said. "No matter when or where, they are going to come for us."
They came a lot on defense as the Rebels created five turnovers on the night.
"In our defense if everyone does their job, that's what's going to happen," Edeen said. "That's what happened tonight."
Three of those takeaways came on consecutive possessions in the first half after Morris Area went 97 yards for its first touchdown on a 9-yard run by quarterback Toby Sales in the second quarter. The Tigers led 8-7 after the 2-point conversion, but Beyer's 66-yard scoring catch gave his team a lead it never relinquished.
A Brandon Ciak interception led to a Garrett Scheel 7-yard touchdown run that made it a two-score game at the half. The Rebels never looked back from there as Edeen finished things off with a 3-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Bryce Anderson late in the fourth quarter.
"I think we just played our football," Edeen said. "We played like we've played all year. It started to click after a while. The offensive line, it takes them a while to get going sometimes, but once they get going, we're unstoppable."
The Rebels will play a semifinal game at 2 p.m.. Nov. 19 against the winner of Jackson County Central (10-0) and Rochester Lourdes (10-0), which plays their quarterfinal game today.
"Since U.S. Bank got built, we've had the dream of playing there," Beyer said. "Now we get the opportunity to be in it, but we're not going to stop there. Hopefully, we're going to get to that state championship."
DGF 7 15 14 7--43
MORRIS AREA 0 8 0 12--20
DGF--Beyer 64 run (Stalboerger kick)
MA--Sayles 9 run (Zosel pass from Sayles)
DGF--Beyer 66 pass from Edeen 66 (Beyer run)
DGF--Scheel 7 run (Stalboerger kick)
DGF--Ewen 31 pass from Edeen (Stalboerger kick)
DGF--Taves 45 interception return (Stalboerger kick)
MA--Sayles 1 run (run failed)
DGF--Anderson 3 pass from Edeen (Stalboerger kick)
MA--Johnson 5 run (run failed)