4A2 Title Game: Notre Dame v. Mingus

Notre Dame wins 1st ever state football title in high scoring affair

These two teams were 24-7's preseason #1 (Mingus) and #3 teams (ND) and this game turned out to be a shootout.

Mingus got out to an early lead. After forcing the Saints to punt, Mingus had a short field and went to their strong ground game early. A big run by QB Tony Vocca and a clutch 4th and 1 conversion by Layton Dickerson moved the Marauders to the 3 yard line. RB Tyler Thompson punched it in and Mingus and went up 7-0 after the PAT.

A nice return by Patrick Foley past midfield put QB Sean Renfree and ND in a great position to even the score. Renfree went straight to business, hitting Andy Wilder for a 30 yard gain and a few play later he found Brandon Hirneise from 7 yards out. PAT good and score tied at 7.

Mingus got away from their running attack and started airing the ball out but did not have much success. They punted the ball away and Renfree went right back to business. He hit TE Austin Briehl for a 25 yard gain, Wilder for 16 and hit Briehl again on a nice pass to get the ball inside the 5. Foley got in from 2 yards out and moved ahead 14-7 early in the 2nd quarter.

The Marauders had an answer. They went back to the run game and moved the chains twice in four consecutive run plays. Shortly after, Layton Dickerson hit the edge and was off to the races for a 40 yard score. Game tied again at 14.

Mingus safety Tim Austill picked off Renfree on the first play and took it to the house. Unfortunately, it was called back for an illegal block in the back. But it did give Mingus possession in scoring position.

Mingu shad momentum and was on the verge of taking the lead but ND linebacker Devon Villereal came up with a huge strip and fumble recovery to keep Mingus off the scoreboard.

Before Mingus knew what hit them, Renfree found Wilder on a 76 yard TD bomb and took back the lead 21-14.

Again Mingus found an answer. They called Layton Dickerson's number again and this time he raced 45 yards and a 4th and 1 play for another score. The PAT was no good. 21-20 Notre Dame.

Wanting to add to their lead before the half, Notre Dame came out firing on all cylinders. Foley had a nice 20 yard run and Renfree found Briehl for 14. With 58 seconds left in the half, Renfree hooked up with Wilder for their 2nd score from 29 yards out.

Score at half- Notre Dame 28 Mingus 20

Mingus did not lay down. They struck first in the second half when Vocca hit, guess who, Layton Dickerson from 30 yards out. The 2-point conversion was no good and ND held on to a 28-26 lead.

The Saints answered with a nice drive that showcased a little of Renfree's legs. He scrambled for a 1st down before hooking up with Briehl twice for gain of 15 and 30 that put them at the 4 yard line. RB Andrew Stutz punched it in from 2 yards out. 35-26 Notre Dame.

The Saints defense stepped up and forced a punt and Renfree went right back to work. He hit Briehl for an 18 yard score to put them up 42-26 at the end of 3.

On the next drive, the ND defense forced a turnover on downs and again the Saints took advantage. Renfree hit Andy Wilder again, this time from 40 yards out. This score put them up 49-16 and put the game away.

Mingus' Tony Voccas added a TD late.

Final- Notre Dame 49 Mingus 32

Bottomline:

This game resembled a Rattlers arena game. Not just because of the high scoring but because it seemed both teams were working with a 50 yard field most of the night.

Notre Dame's offense was virtually unstoppable all night and Mingus tried to go to the air to keep up and that just is not their strength. Mingus took the early lead but was never able to get it back.

This was a nice game to start the weekend out at UPS.

Game Ball:

Andy Wilder played great. Austin Briehl played great but it was Sean Renfree that out the ball on the money all night long. He threw for over 400 yards and had 5 TDs versus 1 INT. Nice way to end a great career.


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