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Ada-Borup Claims Fourth Consecutive Section Title
Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/4/2011 1:36:37 PM

Story and photos by Nick Wagner

GRAND FORKS -- The Ada-Borup football team photo following the award ceremony was filled with four fingers held up by each person with a purpose.

The four fingers signified four consecutive Section 6 Nine-Man championships won by Ada-Borup (10-1). The latest state-qualifying victory came Thursday in a 22-20 upset over Ulen-Hitterdal (10-1) at the Alerus Center.

"Man, did our guys get the job done today," Ada-Borup coach Nathan Brager said. "This was a great showcase of our physicality after [Ulen-Hitterdal] took it to us in week seven."

Ulen-Hitterdal started the scoring frenzy with an opening drive that consisted of 12 rushes and took 5 minutes, 27 seconds before finishing with a Nolan Briard 1-yard touchdown.

Ada-Borup soon answered, and its return blow started with an interception by Acie Ambuehl. The Cougar offense quickly moved 42 yards to tie the score 8-8 on a 2-yard Ian Halle rushing touchdown.

"Everybody stepped up their game today," Brager said. "We had some big plays by players who do just that nearly every game. Whether it be offensively or defensively, we have playmakers."

Those same Ada-Borup playmakers kept Ulen-Hitterdal's powerful rushing duo in check. Kevin Erickson and Lance Ruebke made touchdown-saving tackles on Calvin Oberg and Nolan Briard -- the same two players who combined for five touchdowns in the teams' previous meeting.

"After they scored on the first drive, we were not too worried," Brager said. "We knew their lack of depth would show up, and our guys stayed fresh and were able to make big plays that either saved a score or gave us a score of our own."

A fourth-down, 24-yard pass from Jace Hennen to Mitchell Ruebke in the fourth quarter set up Ada-Borup's next score. That gave the Cougars a 22-14 lead with 10:23 left in regulation.

Ulen-Hitterdal's Oberg scored from 16 yards out the ensuing possession, but Ada-Borup's defense stood up Ulen-Hitterdal's two-point conversion rushing try to keep the lead, 22-20.
Ada-Borup took three minutes off the clock before pinning Ulen-Hitterdal at its own 15-yard line via a Blake Fetting punt with 2:22 left.

Ulen-Hitterdal's only pass thrown near the end zone's vicinity ended up being the final play, and the throw was knocked down by Fetting.

After the final play, four fingers were lifted in the air -- along with the number one -- as Ada-Borup remained atop Section 6 for another year.

Ada-Borup will play Section 7 champion Bigfork in the state quarterfinals next Friday at 5 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.

--Nick Wagner is an MSHSL Student Sports Information Director at Ada-Borup.


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