Milaca finds success at Rocori-hosted football camp

Nine of Milaca’s top football players for next fall participated in a football camp hosted by Rocori High School on June 13. More than 300 athletes from around the area attended the camp, which concluded with a 7-on-7 passing tournament.

After receiving a bye in round one of the tournament, the Wolves topped host Rocori 34-31. A 34-14 beat-down of Ogilvie put Milaca into the championship match. There they toppled Rocori red 35-31 to win.

Milaca’s team from the Rocori 7-on-7 passing tournament. Back row from left: Austin Weidner, Mike Garber, Josh Otten, Nick Wolbert, Nate Hass, Ryan Allen, Front: Luke Manoleff, Tony Kruse, Josiah Forker.  Times photo by Tyler Ohmann

Milaca’s team from the Rocori 7-on-7 passing tournament. Back row from left: Austin Weidner, Mike Garber, Josh Otten, Nick Wolbert, Nate Hass, Ryan Allen, Front: Luke Manoleff, Tony Kruse, Josiah Forker.

In the championship, Milaca led by two touchdowns with about two minutes left on the clock. Rocori scored 40 seconds later to draw within a score. Milaca turned the ball over via interception, and Rocori scored to take a 31-28 lead. After Milaca regained possession they moved the ball down field. Nate Hass then hit Mike Garber in the back of the end zone as time expired for the winning score.

“It was a brilliant catch above the defender,” said Milaca head coach Cory Anderson.

Both Hass and Garber played quarterback on the day.

Anderson was impressed with the play of Josiah Forker and Nick Wolbert.

“They had excellent afternoons,” Anderson said. “Nick was undefendable through the majority of the day. Almost every coach in camp was asking who he was.”

Anderson said that each player contributed one catch, and he was also pleased with the defensive performance from the players.

The win qualified the Wolves for the regional 7-on-7 tournament at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, at the Vikings practice facility.

That 16-team tournament took place on last Sunday. Teams from South Dakota, Rochester and Minneapolis attended. Milaca opened at 10 a.m. against Edina, but scores were unavailable by press time.

If Milaca were to win the tournament, they would compete in the National 7-on-7 tournament in Indianapolis later this summer.

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