April 12, 2021

Stevens County Times

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UPDATED: Owls end perfect season, crowned section champs

Hancock senior Bryce Hacker tangled up with a O-lineman during the Section 4 9-man playoff game Friday, Nov. 20, in Hancock. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

With all the ups and downs of 2020, the Hancock football team took advantage of every opportunity it was given, including dominating No. 4-seeded Ortonville in the Section 4 9-man playoffs Friday, Nov. 20, in Hancock.

EDIT: Owl coach Chad Christianon was told by section officials prior to Friday night’s game that if Hancock beat Ortonville, the Owls would be the Section 4 9-man champions. The Owls beat Ortonville Friday night ergo they are back-to-back section champions.

With all the ups and downs of 2020, the Hancock football team took advantage of every opportunity it was given, including dominating No. 4-seeded Ortonville in the Section 4 9-man playoffs Friday, Nov. 20, in Hancock.

The game was originally scheduled to be played as a semifinal match on Saturday afternoon, but with executive order 20-99 being issued Wednesday by Gov. Walz, that pushed the game up and also ended the postseason without a true section championship.

Click here for story including photos from the Ortonville game and quotes from Rohloff, Brandon Kellenberger and Devon Schroeder.

“Region 6A, which is the region that covers our section, decided that the two semifinal winners would receive section finalists trophies instead of having a section champ and runner up,” Owl coach Chad Christianson said in a phone interview Thursday with the Stevens County Times.

For a team that has gone 7-0 and beat every team it faced pretty handily, it’s a little bit of a let down to not be crowned the official Section 4 9-man champions.

“Personally, I know who the Section Champs are,” senior quarterback Preston Rohloff said. “And no one can take that away from us because we did a good job proving it during the season.

Brooke Kern