April 12, 2021

Stevens County Times

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Tiger football earns Section 5AA championship

MACA seniors Tristan Raths celebrates an interception in the first half in the Section 5AA title game against Paynesville. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta football team won the Section 5AA championship over No. 2-seeded Paynesville Friday, Nov. 20, at Big Cat Stadium in Morris.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta football team won the Section 5AA championship over No. 2-seeded Paynesville Friday, Nov. 20, at Big Cat Stadium in Morris.

This week’s game was originally scheduled to be played against No. 4-seeded Kimball as a semifinal game Saturday afternoon, but executive order 20-99 issued Wednesday switched the Tigers opponent, date and time to abide by the new guidelines and make Friday night’s game a section championship per a previously made agreement within Section 5AA.

Click here for full story including photos from the Paynesville Section 5AA championship game and quotes from Backman, Kenny Soderberg, Zach Bruns, Jacob Boots, Tristan Raths and Tiger coach Kevin Pope.

“Just the opportunity to compete for a section championship was awesome. That was one of our goals to start the year and especially after a year like this, it feels pretty good,” senior defensive end Brady Backman said.

Brooke Kern