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Edgerton edges GHEC/Truman in 9-Man quarterfinal

Jackson Madsen

EDGERTON — The No. 5-seeded Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman Jaguars clawed their way to a 12-all tie at intermission, but the No. 4-seeded Edgerton Flying Dutchmen pulled away in the second half to claim a 44-26 Section 3, 9-Man football quarterfinal win on Tuesday night in Edgerton.

Edgerton (5-4) advances to face No. 1-seeded Mountain Lake Area in a 3 p.m. sectional semifinal on Saturday in Mountain Lake. The Wolverines eliminated No. 8-seeded Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda, 28-14, to gain the next round.

The Jaguars ended the season with a 5-4 record.

Quarterback Jackson Madsen, who produced a double-triple performance in passing and rushing, staked the Jaguars to a quick 6-0 lead in the playoff clash. Madsen generated 54 of his team-best 111 rushing yards to reach the end zone only 47 seconds into the opening quarter.

Dylan Luce, however, delivered two of his game-high three touchdowns in back-to-back order to put Edgerton ahead 12-6 with only 1:33 remaining before halftime.

Luce caught quarterback Blake Schultz’s only completion of the quarterfinal for a 53-yard TD to even the score at 6-all with 9:32 left in the first frame. Luce later reeled off 10 of his 72 rushing yards to cross the goal line with time winding down in the second quarter.

Madsen, who completed 11 of 18 passes for a game-best 141 yards, zipped a 2-yard scoring strike to Matthew Steuber to draw the Jaguars even on the scoreboard as time elapsed in the first half.

Carter Amundson then regained the lead for Edgerton for good as he rushed 10 yards for a TD and added the 2-point conversion run for a 20-12 lead with 10:42 left in the third quarter.

Madsen answered by firing a 14-yard TD pass to Braeden Shell, but the 2-point conversion pass failed to leave the Jaguars down 20-18 with 5:39 left in the third.

The Flying Dutchmen then reeled off three consecutive TDs in bridging the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of reach at 42-18.

Chase Bootsma, who topped all rushers with 132 yards on 18 totes, ran for a 20-yard score before tacking on the 2-point conversion. Amundson contributed a 6-yard scoring run, while Luce broke free for a 44-yard TD. Amundson added the 2-pointer for a 24-point edge with 8:46 left in regulation.

Kaiden Musser, who ran for 86 yards on eight carries, then fired a 32-yard TD pass to Peyton Franzen before Musser crossed the goal line on the ensuing 2-point conversion with 2:32 left in the game.

Steuber made six receptions for 82 yards, while Franzen, Shell and Carter Brudelie each garnered two catches for the Jaguars.

Kayden Loeschen recorded nine tackles to pace the Jaguars’ defense, Jayden Bellecourt generated 7.5 stops, Brudelie supplied 5.5 and Steuber chipped in 4.5.

G/T 6 6 6 8 — 26

EDG 6 6 16 14 — 42

Scoring Plays

1st Quarter

G/T–Jackson Madsen 54 run (run failed), 11:13.

EDG–Dylan Luce 53 pass from Blake Schultz (pass failed), 9:32.

2nd Quarter

EDG–Dylan Luce 10 run (run failed), 1:33.

G/T–Matthew Steuber 2 pass from Jackson Madsen (pass failed), 0:00.

3rd Quarter

EDG–Carter Amundson 10 run (Carter Amundson run), 10:42.

G/T–Braeden Shell 14 pass from Jackson Madsen (pass failed), 5:39.

EDG–Chase Bootsma 20 run (Chase Bootsma run), 3:42.

4th Quarter

EDG–Carter Amundson 6 run (conversion failed), 11:56.

EDG–Dylan Luce 44 run (Carter Amundson run), 8:46.

G/T–Peyton Franzen 32 pass from Kaiden Musser (Kaiden Musser run), 2:32.

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