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Sophomore quarterback leads Dawson-Boyd past Blooming Prairie
Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/19/2011 2:33:04 PM

By Luke Sleeper

Joey Lee, Dawson-Boyd’s sophomore quarterback, has spent much of his team’s undefeated season as a middle man; the guy who hands the ball off in the Blackjacks’ strong running game. In Saturday’s Class 1A state football semifinal game against Blooming Prairie, Lee got his chance to be the playmaker.

Lee played a part in all seven of his team’s
touchdowns in a 50-27 victory. He threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns to go along with three rushing scores that Lee admitted he “stole from the running backs.”

Even Blackjacks coach Cory Larson was surprised by the production from his young quarterback. “We haven’t really had to rely on (Lee) that much this season because of our running game,” he said. “After he threw an interception early on, he told me that was his last mistake of the game and for a sophomore to back it up like he did, that’s pretty sweet.”

“This is a day I will never forget,” Lee said through a smile, braces and all.

Blooming Prairie did not go down without a fight. The Awesome Blossoms (11-2) had a good performance from their quarterback too; Luc Zellmer threw for 168 yards and four touchdowns. Blooming Prairie was within 10 points of Dawson-Boyd in the fourth quarter before the Blackjacks ran away with it.

The greatest beneficiary of Lee’s breakout performance was Zach Stelter, who was on the receiving end of eight of Lee’s passes, including three for touchdowns. Stelter was not only a threat on offense, healso accumulated 171 kick return yards. Blackjacks running backs Esten Weber and Justin Lee combined for 142 yards on the ground.

Dawson-Boyd will take its 13-0 record into next week’s Prep Bowl matchup with Mahnomen, scheduled for Friday at 1 P.M.

--Luke Sleeper is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota


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