Mount Horeb/Barneveld advances to third round of WIAA playoffs
The Mount Horeb/Barneveld defense led the Vikings to victory, stopping Iowa recruit Toren Young from breaking big runs in the second half of the Level 2 WIAA playoff game in Monona Grove Friday night.
Young rolled off another 200-plus-yard game, with 251 rushing yards, but it was not enough as the top-seeded Silver Eagles (9-2) lost 34-28 to fourth-seeded Mount Horeb/Barneveld.
“His yards are tough,” said Monona Grove head coach Brandon Beckwith. “He is the best back I’ve seen … . He really never lets us down.”
Young had 18 carries for 164 yards by halftime, but it was clear he found less room in the second quarter as 120 of those yards came in the first. The future Hawkeye gained 87 yards on 16 carries in the second half.
The Vikings (8-3) amassed 480 yards on offense and earned a state quarterfinals berth against Reedsberg.
Vikings quarterback Max Meylor got the scoring started in the first quarter with a 10-yard run to the corner of the end zone, which gave Mount Horeb/Barneveld a 7-0 lead. Young and the Silver Eagles responded with a three minute drive capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by Young to tie the game at 7.
That is when it looked like the Toren Young Show was going to be going all night again. After the Monona Grove defense forced the Vikings to punt the ball, Young took the first touch 70 yards for the touchdown, breaking several tackles and weaving just out of the defenders’ reach to put Monona Grove up 14-7. However, that was the last time the Silver Eagles would have a lead in this game.
Meylor would add two more touchdowns of 6 and 1 yard in the half to give Mount Horeb/Barneveld a 21-14 halftime lead. The Vikings quarterback completed 13 of 22 passes for 283 yards and added 78 yards on the ground on 19 carries to go along with the three touchdowns.
“The first week we played them I didn’t run much,” said Maylor. “So, I decided to run the ball a little more and it paid off pretty well.”
Vikings running back Matt Blome took over the scoring responsibilities in the second half, capping off two 80-yard drives with touchdown runs of 15 and 8 yards to give Mount Horeb/Barneveld a 34-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.
“Work fast, that’s how our offense works,” Blome said. “We’re a fast-paced offense and when everything works out then everything turns out well for us and it’s fun to see.”
After a couple of stalled drives in the second half, Monona Grove put together an impressive 80-yard touchdown drive that included three fourth-down conversions. Quarterback Alec Ogden capped off the drive by fighting off a sack and scrambling in the backfield before finding a diving Collin Larsh in the end zone to bring Monona Grove within six points with 4:08 left in the game.
A fired-up Silver Eagles defense made a stop and gave the offense the ball back on its 25 with 2:22 to go. The drive eventually stalled after a false start, sack and two incompletions.
“It doesn’t getting any better than this,” Mount Horeb/Barneveld head coach Travis Rohrer said. “After week one we felt we left a lot of points off the board, we found some tonight and we also found a D that was swarming on 28.”