NEW ULM - The Minnesota Valley Lutheran football team pretty much locked up a home playoff game with a 30-14 victory over Sleepy Eye in Southern Minnesota Conference action.
The win moves the Chargers to 4-4 overall and they will play on Tuesday in the first round of the Section 2A playoffs and they will more than likely be the third or fourth seed. Seedings come out Thursday morning so more information will be posted in Friday's edition of The Journal.
Sleepy Eye (0-8) will open the playoffs on the road.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Minnesota Valley Lutheran senior running back Grant Wilson (34) gets past Sleepy Eye linebacker Kennedy Capacia (50) on his way to the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter Wednesday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.
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MVL quarterback DeAndre Parker had touchdown passes of 27 yards and 41 yards in consecutive drives in the second quarter to lift the Chargers to the win. The Chargers led 30-0 at halftime.
The Chargers stuck with the ground game against the Indians and it worked. MVL rushed for 300 yards as a team
"We just wanted to do what we do, we wanted to respect them and we knew that this was our last shot to get a win," Parker said.?"We wanted to come out and play like we know we can and not underestimate what they can do."
The Chargers left little doubt from the very beginning as they scored on their first drive. The Indians had a turnover on downs at the MVL 48 and the Chargers scored on that drive. Parker scored on a 15-yard run to give the Chargers a 6-0 lead with 4:57 left in the first quarter.
MVL built on that lead in the second quarter, jumping out to a 14-0 lead after Grant Wilson scored on a 20-yard run with 11:14 left in the quarter. Parker ran in the 2-point conversion.
After a Sleepy Eye three-and-out, the Chargers scored again, this time on a Parker 27-yard pass to Jacob Hoffman with 5:45 left in the half. Parker passed to Seth Kroells for the two-point conversion and the Chargers scored again just before halftime.
Parker hit Nate Wong on a bubble screen and Wong eluded the Sleepy Eye defense to score from 41 yards out. The Chargers led 30-0 after Andrew Kassuelke scored on the 2-point conversion with 1:43 left.
"They had a guy back and we had that planned," Parker said. "We saw that before when we ran one [a play] like that. We just decided to go with a play like that and Nate made excellent moves, he broke two or three tackles and just broke free."
The Indians got on the board late. Juan Montemayor scored Sleepy Eye's first touchdown from four yards out with 8:48 left in the game to make it 30-6. Later, Austin Fischer found Lane Trebesch for a 71-yard touchdown pass with 2:13 left in the game for the final 30-14 margin.
Wilson led the ground game with 63 yards rushing and Kassuelke had 62 yards rushing. Parker threw for 88 yards and Wong had two catches for 61 yards.
The Chargers now wait to see who they play on Tuesday.
"That's going to be really nice to get a home game, it's a field we know really well because we've had half of our games here this year," Parker said.