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Tigers Run Into Section Semifinals

The Rush City Tigers football team used their potent rushing attack led by strong offensive line play to defeat Maple Lake on Tuesday night 64-7.

The #3 seed Tigers hosted a playoff game for the first time since joining Section 4AA and found themselves trailing at home early after Nathan Paumen ran in a 1-yard touchdown run for the Irish. Rush City responded well ripping off a 54 yard touchdown run by Ty Stepp just a few minutes later. The Tigers would complete two more big runs that led to points. The next one was stopped at the one yard line and quarterback Nolan Anderson finished it off with a touchdown. The Tigers led 16-7 after one.

Early in the second quarter, Shaun Archambault got involved in the action with a 72 yard touchdown run. The second quarter was busy seeing 46 combined points. Maple Lake quarterback Andreas Christensen had a great quarter throwing a 56 yard touchdown pass and running one in from 10 yards out. But the Irish had no answer for the Tiger run game. Archambault had four second quarter touchdowns and Lucas McFee ran one in too as Rush City went into the half with a comfortable 50-19 lead. McFee added two more second half touchdowns to put the game away for the Tigers.

Rush City a total of 653 rushing yards on 53 attempts. Archambault finished with 300 of those yards and four touchdowns. Stepp added 168 and one touchdown and McFee had 158 yards and a touchdown.

Andreas Christensen threw for 180 yards and ran for 72 and scored 3 times for Maple Lake in the loss.

Rush City improved to 8-1 on the season and will play #2 St. Agnes on Saturday at 5:00 at SeaFoam Stadium in St. Paul. The Aggies are 8-1 after beating Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 47-0 in their opening round game.

You can listen to the semifinal game on 100.9 FM and

Photo Credit: John Olson

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