Tigers douse Thunderhawks for playoff shutout

Senior tight end Joey Stenslie caught this pass for the lone Tiger touchdown at Cambridge Oct. 16, and he hauled in a 10-yard TD catch to make it 19-0 against Grand Rapids Oct. 22.

Senior tight end Joey Stenslie caught this pass for the lone Tiger touchdown at Cambridge Oct. 16, and he hauled in a 10-yard TD catch to make it 19-0 against Grand Rapids Oct. 22.

Princeton blanked visiting Grand Rapids 33-0 when the Section 7AAAA quarterfinals were held Tuesday, Oct. 22. Billy McClay got things started for the Tigers with a 55-yard punt return 1:40 into the game. Cole Warren scored twice against the Thunderhawks, and the Tiger defense allowed just 128 total yards.

No. 3 seed Princeton (6-3) next travels to No. 2 Cloquet (7-1) for the section semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 26 2 p.m. The Lumberjacks’ lone loss of the season came in Week 4 to 7AAAA top-seed Hermantown in a 21-15 game as those teams finished at the top of the Sea Range Conference.

Hermantown takes on No. 5 Duluth Denfeld in the other semis on Saturday. The Section 7AAAA finals will be Friday, Nov. 1 at the high surviving seed. The Tigers are the defending section champions after also beginning as a No. 3 seed last year.

Princeton falls to Bluejackets to close regular season

Wednesday’s game in Cambridge was sort of a flat affair where all points scored came in the first half. After Princeton punted on its opening series, the Bluejackets drove 51 yards for a 6-0 lead, converting three third downs and pushing ahead for a 4th-and-2 touchdown against the Tiger defense.

The teams then traded punts, and the Tigers next fumbled the ball away on their 45 yard line after picking up a couple first downs. C-I’s Matt Kuehn got behind the Princeton secondary for a 45-yard TD bomb reception and a 12-0 Bluejacket lead.

Junior safety Tanner Palmborg broke up a long pass to the Bluejackets’ Hunter Vavra to force a punt in the second quarter.

Junior safety Tanner Palmborg (3) broke up a long pass to the Bluejackets’ Hunter Vavra to force a punt in the second quarter.

With time winding down in the first half, the Tigers’ next possession was kept alive by a roughing the punter penalty. AJ Wesloh broke outside for a long sweep run to the C-I 15 with less than a minute remaining. QB Sam Archer then pulled off a sweet play action pass to a leaping Joey Stenslie for a 13-yard scoring play.

The teams traded two long drives which ate up the clock in the second half, with both drives stalling on downs. Princeton’s last possession ended with a punt, and the Bluejackets held the ball for the final 6:32 to ice the win.

Cambridge-Is. 12, Princeton 7

Pr C-I

First Downs 7 15

Rushing 23/51 54/181

Passing 9/4/0 3/1/0

Passing Yds 47 45

Total Yds 98 226

Tiger Individual Stats

Rushing: Wesloh 11/37; Dahlheimer 6/10; Warren 3/7; McClay 1/5. Passing: Archer 9/4/0- 47 yds, TD. Receiving: McClay 2/34; Stenslie 1/13, TD.

Mississippi 8 Football: FINAL Red Div.: Chisago Lakes 5-0, 7-1; Monticello 4-1, 5-3; Princeton 3-2, 5-3; Big Lake 2-3, 2-6; North Branch 1-4, 2-6; Duluth Denfeld 0-5, 1-7. Blue Div.: Rogers 5-0, 8-0; St. Michael-Alb. 4-1, 7-1; St. Francis 3-2, 4-4; Cambridge-Isanti 2-3, 5-3; Buffalo 1-4, 2-6; Duluth East 0-5, 0-8.

Section 7AAAA standings: Hermantown 7-1, Cloquet 7-1, Princeton 6-3, Hibbing 2-7, Duluth Denfeld 2-7, Grand Rapids 0-9.

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