Tartan looks for turnaround in post-season


Tartan sophomore Shaquille Young (41) takes down Hastings quarterback Colin Kummer (4) during home action. The Titans lost 33-19 Oct. 19.

Tartan senior Jordan Thompson (6) is knocked out of bounds by Hastings after a 20 yard gain Oct. 19.

The Tartan High School football team enters the playoffs this week on a three-game losing streak. The Titans needed to snap that streak Oct. 25 in order for their season to continue.

Tartan wound up as the fifth seed in Section 4AAAAA and visited fourth-seeded Minneapolis Washburn on Tuesday. The winner of the game, which was played after the deadline for this edition of the Review, moves on to tangle with top-seeded, fourth-ranked and unbeaten Mahtomedi in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon. 

Tartan closed out the regular season on Oct. 19 by hosting Hastings. A victory would have meant an upper-division finish in the East Metro Red District standings and possibly a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Raiders had other ideas.

Hastings scored three times in the first quarter to take a 20-point lead en route to a 33-19 win. After the Raiders took the initial lead on a 19-yard touchdown pass, they capitalized on a Tartan miscue and returned a fumble 20 yards for another score. Their third-score of the quarter came on a two-yard touchdown pass with a minute left in the first.

Tartan tried to mount a comeback, starting with a Marco Hernandez one-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, but Hastings squelched those ideas by scoring the only 13 points of the third quarter.

Tartan closed out the scoring on a pair of touchdowns in the final 10 seconds of the game. Hernandez hit Ben Bruhn for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds showing on the clock. After recovering the onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, Tartan scored on a 31-yard Hernandez to Joevon Walker touchdown pass with one second left.

All five of Tartan’s losses this season came against teams that finished higher in the district standings than did the Titans. Their wins came against Simley, North and Hill-Murray, all of whom finished the regular season with one victory each.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

Section 4AAAAA football playoffs

Seed in parentheses

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Game 1 — Tartan (5, 3-5) at Minneapolis Washburn (4, 4-4)

Game 2 — North (6, 1-7) at St. Paul Central (7, 4-4)

 

Semifinals, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Game 3 — Game 1 winner at Mahtomedi (1, 8-0)

Game 4 — Game 2 winner at SMB (2, 8-0)

 

Championship, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner at higher seed

 

 

  

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