Unbeaten Blaine whips Forest Lake 48-23 in football sectional

Posted: October 31, 2010 in 2010 Football Season
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From TwinCities.com

Six takeaways allow Bengals to improve to 9-0
By Dallas Johnson

A well-rested Blaine team dominated on both sides of the ball Saturday as the Bengals remained undefeated with a 48-23 victory over visiting Forest Lake in the Section 7AAAAA semifinals.

“Our kids played well,” Blaine coach Shannon Gerrety said. “We had 10 days off, and you’re always a little worried about how that time off is going to affect you.”

The Bengals (9-0) had extra time off because they went into the sectional as the No. 1 seed and receiving a first-round bye. Time off didn’t seem to hurt them, however, as both the offense and defense overpowered Forest Lake (4-6).

Senior quarterback Eric Kline continued a stellar season for Blaine, completing 16 of 19 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 32 yards and a touchdown.

“Our offense was rolling,” said Kline, taken out midway through the third quarter. “The coaches gave us a great scheme, and the defense had a lot of big turnovers.”

Senior linebacker Chris Thomas led the Bengals’ defense, scooping up two Rangers fumbles in the first half and taking the first one 82 yards into the end zone. He added a diving interception early in the third quarter.

The Bengals forced six turnovers and held the Rangers’ offense out of the end zone until Dan Johnson scored on a 45-yard run with three minutes remaining.

Blaine, which won the Northwest Suburban Conference title for the second straight year, came out sluggish.

“We had a slow start,” Gerrety said, “but our kids came out well and I think we played really well as a football team.”

Blaine’s defense allowed the Rangers to control the ball for most of the first quarter, but allowed them only a field goal attempt.

The Bengals’ offense erupted for five touchdowns in the second quarter. Ben Pigorsch ran for two of them and finished the day with 106 yards on 19 carries.

The victory sets up a Section 7AAAAA final against second-seeded Andover on Friday at Blaine.

“We’re going to take 12 hours off and rest,” Gerrety said, “then tomorrow we’re going to get after it. . . . This team has been really focused all season and we’re just going to try and carry that on to the next level.”

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