Brady Torborg did it all for Lakeville South on Friday night.
His most important play ensured the Cougars advanced in the Class 6A football playoffs.
The senior returned an interception 48 yards with 1:19 to play as Lakeville South beat Woodbury 13-0.
Moments after crossing the goal line, Torborg, who had two of the Cougars’ four interceptions, experienced a feeling he wouldn’t trade.
“When I had the boys dogpiled on me it was just amazing,” said Torborg, who also rushed for 53 yards in his first start of the season as the team’s quarterback, although he was the Cougars’ signal-caller for much of the 2016 season. Starter George Brekke is expected back next week.
The low-scoring Cougars (4-5) will be heavy underdogs Nov. 3 at St. Michael-Albertville (8-1), which defeated Hopkins 41-18 Friday.
“This coaching staff has put in way too much time; we’ve put in way too much time to not be able to make a run,” said Torborg, also the team’s punter. “We’re the lower seed, but that doesn’t matter when it comes to playoffs. We’re going to prepare as much as we can and see what happens.”
This was just the third game this season in which Lakeville South reached double digits in points.
“We made one more play than they did,” said Cougars coach Tyler Krebs.
With light snow falling throughout the game, Woodbury quarterback Ryan Christensen, whose white jersey was about half black by game’s end, was under pressure much of the game yet passed for 151 yards as the Royals (4-5) lost for the first time in their past five games.
“On defense was dominant like they’ve been most of the year, our offense just couldn’t play together,” said coach Andy Hill. “I honestly thought we were going to win, right up until the end. … I will never watch this film.”
The Royals defense allowed one touchdown in the team’s final five games. It had little to do with the first points scored by Lakeville South.
An early interception by Ty Willman was returned to the Royals’ 30, but the Cougars could only manage a 31-yard field goal by John Olson. A bad snap on a Woodbury punt went through the end zone to make it 5-0 Lakeville South less than two minutes later.
Woodbury recovered all three of its fumbled snaps in the opening half, however, the Royals lost a costly fumble at the Cougars’ 40 as Zach Ames had the ball stripped following a 49-yard reception.
Lakeville South lost one fumble and recovered a fumbled snap in the opening 24 minutes. It did not turn the ball over in the second half.