Football | Section 1AAA: Z-M 15, Pine Island 9
PINE ISLAND — Zumbrota-Mazeppa quarterback Isaiah Nolte threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Niebuhr with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Z-M a 15-9 victory over Pine Island in a Section 1AAA first-round game.
After a scoreless first quarter, No. 5 seed Z-M took the lead when Jacob Bennett scored on a 3-yard run. Bennett had 13 carries for 90 yards.
No. 4 seed Pine Island answered with a 21-yard field goal by Keegan Majerus as time expired in the second quarter.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Panthers took the lead when Alec Jarosinski dashed in from 14 yards out with 11:54 to play, but that would be all the scoring Pine Island could muster, setting the stage for Niebuhr’s game-winning catch. He had six grabs for 55 yards.
Pine Island won the statistical battle, outgaining Z-M 311-231 and getting 18 first downs to Z-M’s 16. The Panthers also had a huge edge in time of possession, keeping the ball for 28 minutes.
But while Z-M quarterback Isaiah Nolte completed 11 of 20 passes for 90 yards and one touchdown, Pine Island’s passing game managed just four completions for 62 yards and two interceptions.
Josh Navratil had a huge night for Pine Island, carrying 41 times for 205 yards.
Pine Island ends the season with a record of 4-5. Z-M (4-5) advances to face top-seeded Lourdes on Saturday.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa 15, Pine Island 9