Milaca battles Cathedral before falling 15-12

St. Cloud Cathedral drubbed Milaca 40-6 Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Claffy Field in the final regular-season game for both teams.

When the seeding and pairings for the Section 5AAA Playoffs were later announced they matched the Wolves and Crusaders in a first-round game Tuesday, Oct. 22 at St. Cloud State University’s Husky Stadium. Cathedral’s home field.

Milaca Football Coach Randy Johnson felt his team was cabable of playing much better than it did against the Crusaders Oct. 16. He was right.

The Wolves battled Cathedral to the end before losing 15-12 Tuesday night at Husky Stadium. Milaca led 12-6 until Cathedral scored the winning touchdown with just over nine minutes remaining in the game. The Crusaders’ touchdown came on a 75-yard pass play from quarterback Jeff Fasching to Brady Yoerg.

Cathedral scored the game’s first touchdown on a 27-yard pass from Fasching to Tommy Auger early in the opening quarter. A two-point conversion pass put Cathedral ahead 8-0.

Milaca scored twice in the second quarter to take a 12-8 halftime lead. Senior back Jorgen Erickson scored on a three-yard run and senior back Ian Carpenter scored on an 18-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Nathan Hass. Both two-point conversion attempts failed.

Milaca rushed for 154 yards in the first half.

The Wolves, seeded sixth in the section, finished the season with a 2-7 record.

Cathedral, 5-4 and seeded third in the section, will host seventh-seeded Mora in the semifinals Saturday night at Husky Stadium. The Mustangs upset second-seeded Aitkin 22-8 at Aitkin Tuesday night.

Fouth-seeded Pierz trimmed fifth-seeded Pine City 48-6 in the other Section 5AAA first-round game Tuesday at Pierz. The Pioneers travel to top-seeded Foley Saturday night at 7. Foley drew a bye in the first round.