Friday, October 23, 2009

West Central Area Knights football team will travel to Pierz for Section 6AA opener - Volleyball opens in 6A-South next Thursday

The West Central Area Knights fell in a crushing upset 12-6 loss at Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday night, finishing the regular season 4-4 overall and being tagged with a #7-seed in Section 6AA.

The Knights will travel to Pierz (7-1 overall, 6-1 Central Minnesota Conference) next Tuesday night, October 27, for the section quarterfinals.

The Knights volleyball team was seeded number nine in Sub-Section 6A-South and will travel to Battle Lake for the opener on Thursday night, October 29.

More information on Sub-Section 6A-South playoffs, rankings, and pairings will appear in the October 29 issue of the Hoffman Tribune.

Below is a story from the Morrison County Record (Little Falls) on the Pierz Pioneers.

Pioneers will put on red for playoffs
Pierz is 32-1 at home over the last six seasons
Matt Perkins
Staff Writer

The Pierz football team has lost only one game at home over the last six seasons.

That bodes well for the Pioneers, who, with a 42-26 win over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) Tuesday night, made sure the road to the Section 6AA title game will go through Pierz.

"Our guys live for putting on those red jerseys and performing in front of the home crowd," Pioneers coach Leo Pohlkamp said.

Pierz will host either Ottertail Central or West Central Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Section 6AA playoffs. It's unclear who will be in the Pioneers' half of the bracket, as section assignments had not been finalized when this issue went to print, but with a 7-1 record this season, the Pioneers have secured the section's second seed.

That means potentially two home games before traveling to the section championship game at the Fargodome.

"Right now, we just have to get healthy and can't get ahead of ourselves," Pohlkamp said. "We know we got the No. 2 seed, and we'll scout potential opponents, but we just want to focus on getting healthy right now."

But even with star running back John Omann banged up and questionable for Tuesday's game, the Pioneers proved that its rushing attack can be formidable in his absence with a 290-yard performance against HLWW.

Mitch Woitalla, who suffered a mild hamstring pull in the game, rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while Cody Stangl added two more scores and 81 yards on 16 carries.

While the game was never really in doubt, the Pioneers did surrender 368 yards of total offense to HLWW, including 156 yards through the air.

But Dylan Kummet led the Pierz defense with nine tackles and an interception, while Preston Weber and Zach Kummet came away with interceptions as well.

On the other side of the ball, the cooperative talents of Zach Pohlkamp and Brandon Weber were on display at the quarterback position for Pierz. Pohlkamp was 2-for-2 on his attempts for 44 yards, while Weber completed 5-of-9 for 85 yards and a touchdown.

"We were happy with our passing game tonight, throwing for over 100 yards for the first time this season," coach Pohlkamp said. "Defensively, we struggled. We need to improve on defense if we want to go somewhere in the playoffs."

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