The Superior Browns defeated the Duluth East Greyhounds 25-8 to claim the 8th-grade Superior-Douglas County Pony League championship Saturday at Minnesota-Duluth’s Malosky Stadium.
The Northwestern Tigers defeated the Superior Raiders 26-0 in the third-place game.
In 7th-grade action, Duluth East 2 defeated Duluth East 1 6-0 in the championship game, the Tigers defeated the Bengals 30-24 in the third-place game and Duluth Denfeld downed the Superior Bengals 28-2 in an exhibition game.
The Browns opened up the scoring on their first drive of the game when Tre Knight took an option pitch 10 yards down field from Gunner Johnson and scampered the rest of the way for a 55-yard touchdown.
The Browns took a 13-0 lead on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Knight.
Knight’s third touchdown of the game came on a 53-yard interception return. The score was created when heavy pressure applied by linebackers Blake Graskey, Zach Tharge and Josiah McDonald forced a hurried throw by the Greyhounds quarterback.
Duluth East’s defense came up with a goal-line stand at the end of the first half to keep the score 19-0 in favor of the Browns.
East made it a 19-8 game on a 38-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion, but the Browns completed the scoring with a play-action pass from Johnson to Knight from 22 yards out to make the final score 25-8.
The Browns finished 7-0 on the year on their way to a second consecutive undefeated season. Remaining team members include Randy Burkhart, Jared Danovsky, Anthony Gallian, Brady Gravening, Jake Hunter, Tygen Lundgren, Dominic Mains, Jason Patnode Jr., Logan Rowe, Jack Sannes, Trent Seigel, Ricardo Stage, Colton Strong, William Wehvila and Hunter Wilmore. The Browns’ coaching staff includes Chad Johnson, Bob Zimmerman, Jeff Rowe and Larry Thomas.
Superior/Douglas Co. Pony League
8th-grade League Playoffs
Saturday, Oct 6
Browns 34, Raiders 8
East 6, Tigers 0
Saturday, Oct. 13
3rd place: Tigers 26, Raiders 0
Browns 25, Duluth East 8
7th-grade League Playoffs
Bengals 20, Packers 6
Duluth East 1 22, Tigers 20
Duluth East 2 26, Bengals 0
Saturday, Oct. 13
Denfeld 28, Bengals 2
3rd place: Tigers 30, Packers 24
Duluth East 2 6, Duluth East 1 0