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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Soay sheep that caught the attention of Delano area residents when it escaped in June has died, apparently due to bladder stones, according to its owners.
Caspian, a 5-year-old ram named after Prince Caspian from the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, was born at the Smoky Buttes Ranch in north Central Kansas.
Milo Durben bought him along with five Soay ewes in October 2017, and took him to his Seven Oaks Farm in Franklin Township.
Caspian first made headlines after he went missing June 18.
“Is anyone in Delano missing a goat?” a member of the Delano MN Community Posts Facebook group asked.
The “goat” was quickly identified as a sheep.
Someone showed the post to Durben, who shared his phone number so anyone who found Caspian could contact him. Durben also shared his contact information through an article in the Delano Herald Journal titled “A sheep on the lam.”
The efforts were successful, as Caspian was returned home July 5.
Caspian’s story, including his capture, was detailed in a story titled “Soay good to be home.”
He passed away Sunday morning, leaving five ewes and five offspring behind.
VICTORIA — Win No. 300 in the career of Merrill Pavlovich is a memorable win because of what it represents on a grand scale. Win No. 301 in the coach’s career will be remembered more intimately for those involved because of the resilience shown by the team that produced it.
That resilience from Pavlovich’s Tigers came last Friday night at Holy Family against a Fire team full of players who are big, quick, fast and athletic.
“They are a really good football team,’ Pavlovich said of the Fire. “Their backs are excellent and they have some big offensive linemen. We couldn’t really match up against them.”
Resilience was seen in the way the Tigers shook off mistakes and misfortunes. And in the way they huddled together even tighter after three teammates exited the game with injuries.
The game-winning drive, itself in Delano’s 31-28 win over Holy Family, was a display of resiliency, especially from senior halfback Sam Kern.
On the first play of the possession, which came on the heels of the Fire taking a 28-25 lead, Delano quarterback Max Otto found Kern wide open behind the defensive backfield, with nothing but a clean 50 yards of grass between him and the end zone. Otto delivered the ball on target, but Kern could not secure it, the ball slipping through his hands and finally landing on the damp turf.
“Dropping that pass, that’s something you catch every day in practice 100 times,” said Kern.
“We had that set up for a touchdown,” said Pavlovich of the pass play. “(Kern) came back and kept on playing, so that was good.”
Kern found his hands three plays later for a six-yard reception. An, the 12th play of the drive, he used his legs to power one yard to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
“We had some composure down there at the goal line. They sent everything at us,” said Pavlovich.
The extra point kick by George Horobin was no good, leaving the deficit at three points.
Kern’s hard-yard score came with 34.6 seconds remaining in the game. A well-placed kickoff by Horobin pinned Holy Family at its own 21-yard line. The Delano defense held tight to secure the win.
The win moved Delano to 3-1 overall, and to 2-0 in the South Subdistrict.
Holy Family dropped to 2-2 overall, and to 1-2 in the subdistrict.
Dassel-Cokato, this week’s homecoming opponent for Delano, sits atop the standings with a perfect record of 3-0 in the subdistict and 4-0 overall.
At Holy Family last Friday night, the Tiger passing attack, led by quarterback Max Otto, was good again.
Otto threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once.
Six different receivers caught passes from Otto. Reno Bredahl had the big night, hauling in five passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Otto’s first touchdown pass went to tight end Christopher Glunz with five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Delano’s defense was not fooled by Holy Family’s fake punt attempt, and set up the offense at the Fire 29-yard line. Three plays later, Glunz caught Otto’s pass over the middle and fought his way to the end zone.
Horobin’s kick put the Tigers up 7-0.
Holy Family responded immediately with an 11-play drive that covered 65 yards. Quarterback Jacob Zay scored on a one-yard sneak. Colin’s Neve’s kick tied the game, 7-7.
That tie lasted exactly 24 seconds, as Otto went straight to the air on Delano’s ensuing drive. The first pass fell incomplete. The second pass found Bredahl behind coverage on the left side. Bredahl made the catch and out-ran everybody for the 64-yard touchdown reception.
Horobin’s kick was blocked, and the Tigers led 13-7.
The rest of the first half belonged to Holy Family, starting with its next possession, which covered 70 yards on 11 plays. Nick Hendler scored on a two-yard run, and Neve kicked the extra point through to give the Fire a 14-13 lead.
Zay got the ball back with an interception of an Otto pass on Delano’s sixth play, and, then, five plays into Holy Family’s possession, he handed the ball to Hendler, who ran 12 yards to the end zone. Neve’s extra point gave the Fire a 21-13 lead at halftime.
Neither team did anything on its first possession of the second half. On Holy Family’s second possession, Delano linebacker Caden Link did his best Reno Bredahl impression when he leaped with outstretched arms and snagged the ball at its high point for an interception.
Link’s interception set up the Tigers at their own 37-yard line. On the seventh play of the drive, Otto hit Bredahl for a 27-yard touchdown. The run failed, and left Delano trailing by two points, 21-19.
While the Tiger passing game was productive, Kern and the rest of the Delano running game struggled for yards all night against the Fire’s big defensive front. Kern led the Tigers with 38 yards on 14 carries. As a unit, the Tigers ran 30 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
The two rushing touchdowns, including Kern’s game-winner, both came in the fourth quarter.
Robbie Knight’s two-yard run (the conversion failed) gave the Tigers a 25-21 lead less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
At the time, it was Delano’s first lead since the first quarter, when Holy Family tied the game on Zay’s sneak.
Knight’s touchdown run capped a seven-play, 70-yard drive that bridged the final two quarters. That possession was set up by Spencer Poll’s fumble recovery, which came on the second play of the Fire possession that followed the second Otto-to-Bredahl touchdown strike.
Holy Family responded to Knight’s touchdown with a six-minute drive to the end zone. Zay’s one-yard run gave the Fire the lead back. Neve’s extra-point kick made it 28-25.
The injury bug bit three Delano starters hard.
Team-leader Carson vanSytzama, who is a two-way player up front on the line, was helped off the field in the first quarter. Later in the game, Glunz, who caught Delano’s first touchdown, and Isaiah McManus, the Tigers’ top defensive end, left the game and never returned.
The injuries motivated the Tigers.
“We all talked in the first quarter, when Carson vanSytzama went down, and said ‘this is for him.’ That’s what kept us going,” said Kern.
Pavlovich challenged his players at halftime.
“The critical part of the game tonight was that we lost three key players and the kids stepped up,” said the coach. “I told the kids at halftime, ‘Watch a champion when he is getting beat and see how he reacts.’ We reacted very well.”
DELANO 31, HOLY FAMILY 28
Friday, Sept. 21
Holy Family High School
1 2 3 4 – F
Delano 13 0 6 12 – 31
Holy Family 7 14 0 7 – 28
5:08: D – Otto 7-yard pass to Glunz (Horobin kick), 0-7
1:24: HF – Zay 1-yard run (Neve kick), 7-7
1:00: D – Otto 64-yard pass to Bredahl (kick failed), 7-13
8:31: HF – Hendler 2-yard run (Neve kick), 14-13
3:21: HF – Hendler 12-yard run (Neve kick), 21-13
2:36: D – Otto 27-yard pass to Bredahl (run failed), 21-19
11:15: D – Knight 2-yard run (pass failed), 21-25
5:14: HF – Zay 1-yard run (Neve kick), 28-25
0:34.6: D – Kern 1-yard run (kick failed), 28-31
TEAM Total Yards: Delano 310. Rushing: Delano 30-96 2TD. Passing: Delano 15-214 3TD.
INDIVIDUALS Rushing: Delano — Kern 14-38 TD, Knight 5-26 TD, Link 5-16, Otto 6-16. Passing: Delano — Otto 15-24/214 3TD INT. Receiving: Delano — Bredahl 5-109 2TD, Unrein 3-39, Kern 3-34, Longstreet 2-19, Glunz 1-7 TD, Link 1-6. Tackles: Delano — Link 11, Brown 9, Longstreet 8. Interceptions: Delano — Link. Quarterback Sacks: Poll.
DELANO — Merrill Pavlovich has never been one to promote statistics or personal achievements. Delano’s 43-year head coach stayed true to his own self Friday night following the Tigers’ 41-10 home win over Glencoe-Silver Lake, a win that happened to be the 300th in Pavlovich’s career.
“I think about all the kids who came through the program. It was kind of ironic, when you looked at the goal line during the national anthem, count them out — eight (coaches) have played for me. That means probably as much to me as that win. They’ve come back and made a contribution and made themselves part of the team,” Pavlovich said. “That win means as much to them as it does to me. Our coaching staff, over the years, has provided a lot for the kids.”
Those kids appreciate what Pavlovich has done for each one of them and for those who came before them, as well.
“It’s unreal how much he has done for our program. He is such a good coach,” said Max Otto, the junior quarterback who helped produce the historic win for Pavlovich. “He does everything for us, and he loves us.”
The win moved Delano to 2-1 for the season and improved Pavlovich’s career record to 300-141. He ranks sixth all-time in Minnesota coaching wins.
Friday night, the Tigers took what Pavlovich and his coaching staff gave them during the week and played it to perfection against a Glencoe-Silver Lake team that entered with a 2-0 record.
“I’m proud of the way the kids played tonight,” said Pavlovich. “We gave them a challenge during the week, and I think tonight they stepped up and met that challenge.”
Those challenges included controlling the line of scrimmage, which the Tigers did; limiting Panthers quarterback Korey Johnson, which they did; and taking care of the football, which they did.
Up front, Delano’s offensive line allowed Otto to throw for 209 yards and three touchdowns and the backs, including Otto, to run for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
“I think we kept them off-balance with our running and passing,” said Otto. “Our O-line and our D-line and everybody played hard-nosed, and we beat them, physically.”
Otto’s three touchdown passes came in the first half, when he threw for 155 yards. Two of those strikes went to Reno Bredahl.
Otto and Bredahl punctuated Delano’s first drive of the game with a 20-yard touchdown connection. The two made a defensive back look silly in the second quarter, when Otto pump-faked and found Bredahl wide open on the left sideline for a 53-yard catch and run.
That long touchdown strike came on the first play from scrimmage after Delano linebacker Adam Brown jumped on the loose football on a Panthers’ fumble.
Otto’s third touchdown pass of the first half went to Trey Longstreet on a fade to the back of the end zone with less than two minutes to play.
“We have athletes, galore. They are all skilled, fast, and hardworking. We gel really well,” Otto said of he and his arsenal of pass-catching weapons. “They go and get it. I have tons of confidence in them. I just let them go get it and make a play.”
Targeting Longstreet for the touchdown was a reward for the interception Longstreet came up with to set up the possession.
In between Bredahl’s two touchdown catches, Sam Kern and the Tigers’ running game found the end zone. Kern capped an 11-play drive that bridged the first and second quarters with a four-yard touchdown run up the middle.
George Horobin was good on three of four extra point kicks (the other was blocked). He was good on two extra-point kicks in the second half.
Delano took a 27-3 lead into halftime after running just 25 offensive plays. The Tigers were well-balanced, running 13 times and throwing the ball 12 times.
“We have some talent. Max throws a pretty good football,” said Pavlovich. “And we have some weapons. We didn’t throw the ball much in the second half, and we proved we could run the ball.”
As for taming Johnson, Delano held the senior quarterback to 25 yards rushing and 42 yards passing.
As for taking care of the football, Delano did not turn the ball over in the game. The Tigers forced three turnovers — the fumble recovered by Brown, the Longstreet interception, and a late fourth-quarter fumble recovered by Matt Baker.
“Our kids didn’t make a lot of mistakes tonight. We took away their big plays,” said Pavlovich. “(Johnson) is a good football player and we took a lot of yards away from him tonight.”
The Tigers kept the pedal down at the start of the second half, going to the air on the first play. Otto found Brett Unrein for a 36-yard gain, and the march toward the end zone was on.
On the 11th play, Otto snuck the ball across the goal line for a one-yard touchdown run. Horobin’s kick made it 34-3.
Glencoe-Silver Lake answered right back with its only touchdown. Will Higgins busted through the line and sprinted for a 36-yard touchdown run. Damien Silus kicked the extra point through to make it a 34-10 game with two minutes to play in the third quarter.
In the first quarter, Silus put the Panthers on the board with a 24-yard field goal. At the time, the three points made it a 7-3 game.
Caden Link scored the game’s final touchdown on a two-yard run with two minutes remaining in the game. Horobin kicked the extra-point through.
Three plays before the touchdown run, Like set up the Tigers inside the 10-yard line with a 68 yard run.
DELANO — Shutting out an opponent 40-0 is a great way to respond to a tough opening-week loss.
Delano pitched that lopsided shutout against Little Falls Friday night at Tiger Stadium. The win ran the Tigers’ record to 1-1 following a 37-19 loss at Zimmerman six days earlier.
“Last week, were were not very disciplined, but this week we were more focused and ready to kick some butt,” said Delano senior lineman Spencer Poll. “We knew what we were supposed to do. We came in with a focused mindset, plus intensity. That makes us unstoppable.”
The win was just what Delano needed following the opening-week loss.
“This is monumental for our team. This gives us momentum for the rest of the season, to win the rest of our games.”
The upstep in play in the second game was the product of the players taking responsibility, according to coach Merrill Pavlovich.
“As much focus as there was tonight, there was some uncertaintly last week. We challenged them (this week),” said Pavlovich. “One of our kids came to me last week, telling me he thought he played poorly, and apologized for it. As a result, I think he challenged a lot of his teammates, and I think a lot of kids stepped up.”
The players stepped up and produced what was the 299th career win for Pavlovich, who is in his 43rd year as Delano’s coach.
Pavlovich is 299-147 entering this Friday’s home game against longtime foe Glencoe-Silver Lake.
In the win over Little Falls, Delano completely controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. That allowed quarterback Max Otto and the Tigers’ offense to run fluently and the defense to routinely disrupt any flow the Little Falls’ offense managed.
Delano’s offense gained 418 total yards. The defense gave up 139 yards.
“We minimized our mistakes tonight. We moved the ball when we had to,” said Pavlovich.
The Little Falls offense crossed midfield only three times, and never passed Delano’s 35-yard line.
Otto threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers in the first half. Those four scoring completions were part of an efficient night for Otto, who completed nine passes for 185 yards in less than three full quarters of play. He was intercepted once.
“In pass blocking, we were a brick wall that was unpenatrable,” said Poll.
That line was pretty good in creating holes for the Tiger running backs, as well.
Delano ran the ball for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries.
Delano took a 33-0 lead into halftime. The Tigers scored the only touchdown of the second half in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
The Tigers’ first three touchdowns came form the arm of Otto. He hit fullback Chris Gluz over the middle for an 11-yard touchdown with less than three minutes to play in the first quarter, and, with 37 seconds remaining in that opening quarter, connected with Reno Bredahl for a 53-yard touchdown.
George Horobin’s extra-point kick was good following the Glunz touchdown and was blocked following Bredahl’s sprint to the end zone.
The score stood at 13-0 through the first four minutes of the second quarter. Otto, tight end Trey Longstreet and a wall of offensive linemen changed that when they executed a perfect middle screen pass. Longstreet caught the ball uncontested and rode the wake created by those linemen for a 35-yard touchdown reception. Horobin’s extra point made it 20-0.
The run of touchdown passes ended five minutes later, when senior halfback Sam Kern trotted in for a one-yard touchdown run. The air assault picked up, again, near the end of the half, when Kern high-pointed the ball in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass from Otto, who stood all alone in the backfield while waiting for Kern to break open.
The two-point conversion following Kern’s run failed. Horobin kicked the extra point through following Kern’s catch to make it a 33-0 game with 15 seconds remaining in the first half.
In three quarters, Kern ran 14 times for 123 yards and one touchdown. As a receiver, he caught the one pass for a touchdown.
The two drives that ended in Kern touchdowns were both spawned by interceptions.
Kern’s touchdown run came six plays after Delano sophomore linebacker Adam Brown snagged an Austin Udy pass. Kern’s touchdown catch came on the fourth play following a Longstreet interception near midfield.
Little Falls seemed indecisive on the possession that ended with Longstreet’s intereception, which began with 1:34 remaining in the first half. The offense gave the appearance it wanted to run out the first-half clock when it took its time in the huddle following a first-down run, but, then, went to the air on second down. Longstreet intercepted the ball and was quickly tackled with 41 seconds remaining in the half.
Delano, on the other hand, was quite decisive it its play-calling, seeking that final score just before the half. It took the Tigers just 26 seconds to cover the remaining 57 yards to the end zone.
That late second-quarter touchdown was the first step to bookending halftime with scoring drives for the Tigers. After jumping on the third-quarter kickoff at its own 36-yard line, Delano used the first four minutes of the third quarter to march the 64 yards to the end zone in nine plays.
Fullback Caden Link finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Horobin finished the night’s scoring with the extra point.
Delano’s second offense took over from there.
Link ran the ball just three times for five yards.
Robbie Knight started at fullback for the Tigers. Water-bug quick, Knight darted for 61 yards on seven carries, as, both, a fullback and Delano’s quarterback for the final quarter-and-a-half.Bredahl showed his big-play ability with the long touchdown catch. He finished with three catches and 80 yards receiving.
The touchdown catch was Longstreet’s third in two games. He finished with two catches and 65 yards Friday night.Leading that push up front was Poll, who was constantly in the Flyers’ backfield. He finished with one quarterback sack.
“We were chasing the quarterback a lot,” said Poll.
Ryan Carver also got to Udy for a sack.
Former Delano player Isaiah Sloan carried the ball eight times for nine yards for the Flyers.
DELANO 40, LITTLE FALLS 0
Friday, Sept. 7
Delano High School
1 2 3 4 – F
Little Falls 0 0 0 0 – 0
Delano 13 20 7 0 – 40
10:40: 2:52: D – Otto 11-yard pass to Glunz (Horobin kick), 7-0
0:37: D – Otto 53-yard pass to Bredahl (kick failed), 13-0
7:30: D – Otto 35-yard pass to Longstreet (Horobin kick), 20-0
1:44: D – Kern 1-yard run (pass failed), 26-0
0:15: D – Otto 15-yard pass to Kern (Horobin kick), 33-0
7:56: D – Link 1-yard run (Horobin kick), 40-0
TEAM Total Yards: Delano 418; Little Falls 139. Rushing: Delano 36-233 2TD; Little Falls 26-61. Passing: Delano 9-13/185 4TD; Little Falls 12-14/78, 2INT.
INDIVIDUALS Rushing: Delano — Kern 14-123 TD, Knight 7-61, Paul 3-20, Otto 3-15, Winterhalter 3-7, Link 3-5 TD, Scherer 1-4, Rasmussen 1-4, Colanino 1–4; Little Falls -— Crosswhite 3-33, Like 2-17, Bontjes 5-16, Slaon 8-9, Shanoff 1–2, Udy 5–3, House 2–9. Passing: Delano — Otto 9-13/185 4TD INT; Little Falls — Udy 12-24/78 2INT. Receiving: Delano — Bredahl 3-80 TD, Longstreet 2-65 TD, Kern 1-15 TD, Unrein 2-14, Glunz 1-11 TD; Little Falls — Kush 8-57, Kirk 2-15, Like 2-6. Tackles: Delano — Brown 7, Campion 6, Carver 6. Interceptions: Delano — Brown, Longstreet. QB Sacks: Delano — Poll, Carver.