Redwood Valley nearly pulls off upset of number two ranked Pipestone Area

A 1-yard touchdown run from Brayden Baartman in overtime helped host Pipestone Area escape with a 26-18 victory over upset-minded Redwood Valley Friday night in a Southwest (West) District showdown.
It wasn’t the ending Redwood Valley was looking for, but nevertheless a statement was made. The Cardinals (4-2) should get another crack at unbeaten and number two ranked Pipestone Area (6-0) in the Section 3AA title game Oct. 23 (mark your calendars).
After trailing early 12-3, the Cards got a big 34-yard touchdown strike from Mitch Irlbeck to Cade Johnson with just 49 seconds remaining in the first half to cut the deficit to 12-10.
Early in the third quarter, Dan Kohler – who was back in the line-up after nursing a sore ankle – broke free for a 68-yard touchdown scamper that  gave the Cards their first lead of the night.
Johnson would add the two-point conversion and the Cards would take the momentum and an 18-12 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Arrows would tie the score on a 10-play, 40-yard drive capped off on a McKinley Bush 6-yard touchdown run, but the extra point kick was no good (the second miss of the night for the Arrows) to keep the score knotted at 18 a piece.
The Cardinals had a great opportunity to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter, as Kohler intercepted a Baartman pass, giving Redwood Valley the ball on the Arrow  four yard line first and goal.
Unfortunately, four plays later the Cardinal drive would stall out on the one yard line, with three straight runs from the 1-yard line stuffed by the Arrow defense.
With 6:32 left on the clock, a stop would’ve given the Cards another shot, but the Arrows would put together a 17-play drive that ended as the clock expired in regulation on an interception by Colten Minkel.
From there, the two teams would head to overtime with the Cards winning the toss and electing to go on defense first.
Pipestone would need just two plays to punch it in, as Bush ran for nine yards and Baartman blasted in from one yard out for an Arrow touchdown.
Bush would then add the two-point conversion, putting the pressure squarely on the back of the Cards .
On first down, an Irlbeck pass would fall incomplete, and on second down a fumble was recovered by the Arrows ending the game.
The Cards will have to try and rebound quickly with a powerful Jackson County Central squad coming to town Friday.
The Huskies (4-2) have won four straight and in that stretch are averaging 59 points per game.
Statistically, the game proved to be fairly even despite the Arrows running 22 more offensive plays (many coming on the final drive of regulation).
The Cards finished with 274 yards of total offense (158 rushing) compared to 286 for the Arrows (214 rushing).
Kohler had 14 carries for 106 yards and a score, Johnson added nine carries for 41 yards and Logan Josephson had four carries for 21 yards.
Irlbeck was 5-of-10 passing for 107 yards and a score and Johnson was 1-of-4 for nine yards.
Johnson led all receivers with four catches for 90 yards and a score, Bailey Sommers had one catch for 17 yards and Minkel added one catch for nine yards.
Defensively the Cards were led by Minkel who had a big night with 14 tackles (10 solo), a tackle-for-loss and an interception.
Johnson added 10 tackles (six solo) and a fumble recovery.
Jacob Gould added nine tackles (five solo) and a tackle-for-loss, and Josephson had seven tackles (three solo).

Pipestone Area     26 (OT)
Redwood Valley    18
First Quarter
Pipe - Bush 6-yd run (kick failed)
RV - Johnson 22-yd field goal
Second Quarter
Pipe - Bush 36-yd pass from Tinklenberg (2-point failed)
RV - Johnson 34-yd pass from Irlbeck (Johnson kick)
Third Quarter
RV - Kohler 68-yd run (Johnson 2-point run)
Fourth Quarter
Pipe - Bush 6-yd run (kick failed)
Pipe - Baartman 1-yd run (Bush 2-point run)

Section 3AA Standings
Pipestone Area      3-0    6-0
Redwood Valley     3-1    4-2
Lakeview              0-0    3-3
Martin Co. West     1-2    2-4
St. James Area      1-2    1-5
Windom Area        0-2    1-5
YME                      0-0    1-5
GFW                      0-1    0-6