PIERZ - John Omann and Cody Stangl combined for four touchdowns to guide the top-seeded Pierz Pioneers past the eighth-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder in the Section 6-2A quarterfinals Tuesday.
Stangl scored first from a yard out. Omann answered with a 9-yard run in the second quarter with Stangl closing out the first-half scoring with a 10-yard run that gave Pierz a 21-0 halftime lead.
"We were not sharp as a team," said Pierz head coach Leo Pohlkamp. "Several individuals had good games, but as a team we really didn't play well. We had a hard time stopping LP-GE's running game. We need to fix that if we want to advance in the playoffs."
Pierz quarterback Michael Weber (11) prepared to pass while Shane Solinger blocked during the Section 6-2A quarterfinals against the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder Tuesday night in Pierz. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
The Thunder outgained Pierz 351-348, but Pierz held them out of the end zone until the fourth quarter.
Omann finished with 184 yards on just nine carries. Stangl had 69 yards on 10 carries and Tanner Tetrick, who opened the second half with a 14 yard touchdown run, added 82 yards on 12 carries.
Tetrick also had five tackles and an interception.
Omann closed out the scoring for Pierz with a 46-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 0 0 0 14 - 14
Pierz 7 14 7 7 - 35
Prz-Cody Stangl 1 Run (Travis Kahl kick) 0:48
Prz-John Omann 9 run (Kahl kick) 10:06
Prz-Stangl 10 run (Kahl kick) 1:05
Tanner Tetrick (28) ran for 82 yards and a touchdown in Pierz's 35-14 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
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Prz-Tanner Tetrick 14 run (Kahl kick) 3:50
LPGE- Brian Reece 4 run (Pass failed) 8:11
Prz-Omann 46 run (Kahl kick) 7:05
LPGE-J.T Priem 6 run (Reece Run) 2:27
Rushes-yards: Prz 35-338, LPGE 61-319
Pass comp-att-int-yards: Prz 1-8-1-10, LPGE 2-7-1-32
Total offense: Prz 348, LPGE 351
Rushing: Prz-John Omann 9-184, Cody Stangl 10-69, Tanner Tetrick 12-82, Mike Weber 1-2, Jake Nelson 2-1, Shawn Huls 1-0
Passing: Prz-Weber 1-8-1-10
Receiving: Prz-Tetrick 1-8
Overall: Prz 8-1. Next game: Pierz vs. Morris in Section 6-2A semifinals 7 p.m. Saturday.
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