Posted On: 11/27/19 12:38 AM
Coming into their 3A semifinal matchup last Saturday evening at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Pierz Pioneers were averaging 274 rushing yards per game and only 95.5 passing yards a game in this 2019 state tournament. Their counterparts, the Jackson County Central Huskies, were rushing for around 110 a game with 50 yards passing per in their 2019 state tourney. The two teams thrilling 20-14 contest won by the Pioneers looked nothing like the stat sheet would have suggested coming into the game, as the Huskies looked like the dominant offensive team almost all game and Pierz ended up needing to rely on their passing game to win it for them - as two of their three scores came on big passes - including the go-ahead TD with 1:19 remaining in the game. The two schools were both loaded with talent on the D1, D2, and D3 levels, but only three athletes distinguished themselves as Northstar Football News' "Offensive Players of the Game." Find out who was selected below!
1) Bradley Buhl Jr. (6'0, 215 lbs.) The JCC athlete was not on my radar prior to watching Saturday's matchup, but boy I wish he was. The 215 lb. bruiser of a RB/LB was