FOLEY — Nathan Athman rushed for 112 yards and two scores and Tyler Millner rushed for 157 yard and one score as the No. 4 Pierz Pioneers upset top-seeded Foley 23-12 in the Section 5-3A semifinals Saturday.
Athman cashed in from a yard out on both of his touchdowns, while Millner’s covered 64 yards.
Pierz kicker Tomas Roquemen kicked a 29-yard field goal for insurance.
Michael Meyer intercepted a pass for the Pioneers, while Curtis Brisk recovered a fumble
“The kids came to play and executed our game plan perfectly,” said Pierz head coach Leo Pohlkamp. “We relentless pounded the ball all night. Our special teams played a huge role in the win.
“Our defense forced two turnovers and stopped Foley on downs four times inside our 30-yard line.”
Pierz 7 7 6 3 — 23
Foley 0 6 6 0 — 12
Prz-Nate Athman 1 run (Tomas Roquemen kick) 5:15
Prz-Tyler Millner 64 run (Roquemen kick) 8:31
F-Luke Kelvington 1 4un (kick failed) 7:42
F-Kelvington 15 run (pass failed) 10:35
Prz-Athman 1 run (kick failed) 6:23
Prz-Roquemen 29 field goal 8:04
Rushes-yards: Prz 55-287, F 36-268
Pass comp-att-int-yds: Prz 0-6-1-0, F 7-18-1-36
Total offense: Prz 287, F 304
Rushing: Prz-Nathan Athman 29-112, Tyler Millner 18-157, Robbie Skiba 7-18, Ethan Lochner 1-0; F-Luke Kelvington 28-224
Passing: Prz-Lochner 0-6-0; F-Kyle Kipka 7-18-36
Overall: Prz 7-3. Next: Pierz vs. St. Cloud Cathedral in Section 5-3A final at St. Cloud State University 5:45 p.m. Friday.