Princeton’s next test will be at Chisago Lakes: Princeton took a 40-6 lead by halftime and rolled to a 53-22 home conference win over Duluth Denfeld, sending the Hunters to their 16th straight loss.
The Tigers struck quickly on their first two possessions. Wideout Tanner Palmborg got open and flew away on a 59-yard touchdown reception from Sam Archer on the team’s second play from scrimmage. The next time Princeton had the ball, Zach Kitzman took the first snap, broke a tackle and kept rolling on a 55-yard TD run for a 13-0 lead 2:04 into the game.
The Hunters answered with a 70-yard scoring run on their next play, but Billy McClay followed with three straight touchdowns to make it 33-6 Princeton. He scored on receptions of 13 and 20 yards, then he sprinted on a 42-yard TD run in the second quarter. Kitzman added his second touchdown from five yards out when the Tigers finished off an 11-play drive with 39 ticks left in the half.
The Tiger reserves got in plenty of minutes in the second half. Ryan Stichter capped a 13-play drive with a 1-yard TD run on the team’s first possession in the third. The Hunters added two touchdowns before Cody Schuelke rounded out the scoring on a 48-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Next up: This Friday, the Tigers travel to Chisago Lakes who is still undefeated this season. The Wildcats knocked off Duluth East 65-8 last Friday. QB Mitch Berg has 536 yards passing and 7 TD on the season. Halfback Joshua Parks has accumulated 391 yards and 7 TD for the Wildcats who were the Section 7AAAAA runners-up last fall.
Princeton 53, Duluth Denfeld 22
First Downs 16 8
Rushing 45/340 39/241
Passing 13/9/1 8/2/1
Passing Yds 158 23
Total Yds 498 241
Tiger Individual Stats
Rushing: Kitzman 16/123, 2 TD; Schuelke 6/91, TD; McClay 2/47, TD; Warren 6/32; Dahlheimer 5/29; Robillard 2/6; Fulton 3/4; Stichter 3/1, TD. Passing: Archer 11/9/0- 158 yds, 3 TD; Budreau 2/0/1. Receiving: Palmborg 4/94, TD; McClay 4/53, 2 TD; Stenslie 1/9.
Mississippi 8 Football: Red Div.: Chisago Lakes 3-0; Monticello 2-1; Princeton 2-1; North Branch 0-3; Big Lake 0-3; Duluth Denfeld 0-3. Blue Div.: Cambridge-Isanti 3-0; Rogers 3-0; St. Michael-Alb. 3-0; Buffalo 1-2; St. Francis 1-2; Duluth East 0-3.