Crookston will attempt to avenge their loss to Barnesville in the regular season.

    The Crookston Pirates improved on seasons past winning six games in the regular season. The only two they dropped came at the hands of the top two teams in the section, Hawley and Barnesville. Following the loss to Barnesville, many players agreed they would like a second chance to beat the Trojans.   

    Following the loss to Barnesville, Crookston won their final three regular season games and entered the Section Tournament as a three seed. They played host to the sixth seeded Bagley Flyers in the Section Quarterfinals. What followed was a solid, convincing 40-18 win.     

    Now, the players and coaches get their wish: a date with Barnesville in the Section Semifinals.    

    When the teams played, the Pirates hung with the number two team in the section for the majority of the game, but turnovers haunted them. The game was back and forth  and Crookston trailed 27-20 until under two minutes to play when Barnesville scored twice including an interception return.    

    Barnesville took care of business in their quarterfinals match against Roseau beating them for the second time of the year 42-8. Their first victory against the Rams was by a score of 54-0.    

    All season long, Crookston has relied on the run game and occasional passing. The Pirates score on the ground more often than through the air with 26 rushing touchdowns.   

    Cade Salentine leads the rushing front with 1,438 yards on the season and 19 touchdowns.   

    With Leyton Salentine now playing under center for the majority of the snaps, Crookston creates a dual-threat run game with Leyton Salentine possessing the ability to escape the pocket.    

    Last time out, the Trojans held Crookston to 189 total rushing yards, the second lowest for the season. Should the run game struggle, Crookston may look to get the ball to Mason Wang via the pass, who has four receiving touchdowns on the season.    

    If the Pirates can limit the giveaways and command the running game, the Pirates could find themselves in Fargo on November 3 for the Section Championship.

Crookston Pirates (7-2)

East Grand Forks W 31-27
Staples Motley W 32-7
Hawley L 52-14
Breckenridge W 26-21
Frazee W Def.
Barnesville L 40-20
Pelican Rapids W 21-14
Roseau W 33-19
Bagley W 40-18

Barnesville Trojans (8-1)

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton W 27-14
Frazee W Def.
West Central Area/Ashby W 21-0
Pelican Rapids W 42-14
Roseau W 54-0
Crookston W 40-20
Hawley L 48-30
Breckenridge W 35-20
Roseau W 42-8

Season Team Stats

Crookston

Passing yards: 586
Rushing yards: 1,901
Passing Touchdowns:  7
Rushing Touchdonws: 26

Opponents

Allowed Passing Yards: 472
Allowed Rushing Yards: 1,822
Allowed Passing Touchdowns: 6
Allowed Rushing Touchdowns: 22

Point differential
217-198, +19

Pirates Stats Leaders

Cade Salentine
Rushing Yards: 1,438
Rushing Touchdowns: 19
Receiving Yards: 188
Receiving Touchdowns: 2

Leyton Salentine
Passing Yards: 201
Passing Touchdowns: 2
Rushing Yards: 279
Rushing Touchdowns: 4

Mason Wang
Receiving Yards: 320
Receiving Touchdowns: 4
Rushing Yards: 219
Rushing Touchdowns: 1

*Note: Some yardage stats missing from Staples-Motley Game.