CROSBY - For the first time since 2004 the Stump Trophy is in the possession of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers as they defeated the Aitkin Gobblers 34-13 Wednesday in Great Polar Alliance football.
Derik Midthun threw for 133 yards and four touchdowns. Mark Hoge caught four passes for 99 yards and a score. Justin Edmundson, Mitch Gutzman and Matthew Hudrlik caught the other scoring passes.
Hudrlik rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and threw a pass for 20 yards.
"It's nice to have that balanced attack. With Matthew and Mark we have a two-headed monster, " said Ranger head coach Mike Gindorff. "Teams have to try and take one of those away. Then we have good fullbacks and the offensive line is playing very well."
The Rangers collected five interceptions, with three coming from Hoge and two by Hudrlik. Ben Carlson also blocked an extra-point kick.
"We bent, but we didn't break and that made a huge difference," said Gindorff. "
Aitkin's Andrew Welshons picked off Midthun in the second quarter and returned in four yards for a score.
Nick Harmon scored the game's final touchdown on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter as Aitkin outgained the Rangers 397-353.
The victory gives the Rangers the No. 3 seed and a home game in the Section 7-3A playoffs.
Aitkin 0 7 0 6 - 13
Crosby-Ironton 14 12 0 8 - 34
CI-Matthew Hudrlik 23 pass from Derik Midthun (Tyler Heinlin kick)
CI-Mark Hoge 36 pass from Midthun (Heinlin kick)
A-Andrew Welshons 4 interception return (Bill Cluff kick)
CI-Mitch Gutzman 8 pass from Midthun (kick failed)
CI-Justin Edmundson 15 pass from Midthun (kick failed)
CI-Hudrlik 61 run (Hoge pass from Midthun)
A-Nick Harmon 4 run (kick blocked)
Rushes-yards: CI 33-200, A 34-141
Pass comp-att-int-yards: CI 9-20-1-153, A 9-30-5-256
Total offense: CI 53-353, A 64-397
Rushing: CI-Matthew Hudrlik 19-147, Derik Midthun 7-10, Mark Hoge 2-32, Reed Olander 2-5, Nathan Hudrlik 2-6
Passing: CI-Midthun 7-18-133, M. Hudrlik 1-1-20, Phil Kuhlmann 0-1-0
Receiving: CI-Hoge 4-99, M. Hudrlik 2-41, Justin Edmundson 1-15, Mitch Gutzman 1-8
Conference: CI 3-2, A 0-5. Overall: CI 5-3, A 1-7. Next game: Crosby-Ironton hosts TBA in Section 7-3A quarterfinals 7 p.m. Tuesday; Aitkin vs. TBA in Section 7-3A quarterfinals 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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