The football season has come to a close for the Sleepy Eye Indians after losses to Minnesota Valley Lutheran and New Ulm Cathedral.
On Oct. 22, The Indians faced New Ulm Cathedral for their first and last Section 2A tournament game of 2013.
The Greyhounds set the tone of the game on Johnson Field with the first play of their first possession. It was a 70-yard run down the field for a touchdown which game them the early 7-0 lead. Their second possession was almost a mirror image, with their first play being a 68-yard run for another touchdown.
Sleepy Eye finally got a drive going halfway through the first. It started with a kickoff return and a run by Matt Berkner for a total of 34 yards. It was then quarterback Austin Fischer who completed a pass to Dylan Klein for 33 yards. Berkner then ran the ball four times in a row and got the touchdown. Fischer attempted the two-point conversion but was no good.
With the score 6-14, the Indians had some hope but it was quickly diminished after Cathedral scored once more in the first, and twice more in the second quarter. The Greyhounds apparently didn’t think the 34-6 lead at halftime was enough, because they scored two more times in the third, and a final touchdown in the fourth. Meanwhile, Sleepy Eye couldn’t catch a break and lost 6-53.
Fischer had 60 yards passing, while Berkner had 22 carries for 78 yards and Klein had two receptions for 40 yards.
On Oct. 16, the Indians were on the road as they took on Minnesota Valley Lutheran for their final game of the regular season. The Indians had a solid seven-play drive to start the game, but were stopped short on a failed fourth down and three attempt. The Chargers took the ball at midfield and were able to score after nine straight running plays. Sleepy Eye’s defense stopped the two-point conversion run as the score was brought to 6-0.
But the troubles were only beginning for the Indians. MVL scored eight points to begin the second quarter from a drive that began at the end of the first. But the Chargers weren’t done there, as they went on an offensive strike and scored twice more in the second. Sleepy Eye found itself in a 0-30 deficit at halftime.
However, the second half belonged to the Indians. Determined to stay in the game, Sleepy Eye’s defense didn’t allow MVL to score any more points for the rest of the game. The first points of the game for Sleepy Eye finally came at the start of the fourth quarter. The drive began with a pass from Fischer to senior Juan Montemayor for 24 yards. This was followed by a 15-yard run by Montemayor, and a pass from Fischer to Lane Trebesch for 17 yards. The touchdown eventually came from Montemayor, who ran four yards for the score. He also completed the two-point conversion.
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But the biggest highlight of the night, and most likely the season, came at the end of the fourth quarter. The Indians had the ball again, and were desperate for another touchdown. With two minutes remaining, Fischer unleashed a huge hail mary pass, which was caught by senior wide receiver Austin Trebesch for 72 yards and a touchdown. Montemayor attempted the two-point conversion run, but was unsuccessful. The final score was 30 to 14 MVL.
Fischer went 7-for-12 for 152 yards passing, while A. Trebesch led in receiving with the 72-yard reception. Berkner was behind him with four receptions for 40 yards. Montemayor led in rushing with 36 yards, while Berkner and Klein combined for 46 more. Montemayor also led on defense with six solo tackles and nine assists.