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Chargers blow past Indians in season finale

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Minnesota Valley Lutheran quarterback Luke Thompson gets past a Sleepy Eye defender on his way to the end zone during a third quarter touchdown run Thursday at Johnson Field in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — Carter Sexton had two rushing touchdowns and another defensive touchdown as Minnesota Valley Lutheran picked up its second straight shutout with a 40-0 victory over Sleepy Eye on Thursday in Southwest District football action.

Sexton scored on runs of 6 and 10 yards in the first half. He also had a pick-six that gave the Chargers a 27-0 lead before halftime. The interception run was from about 18 yards out.

Not to be outdone, the Chargers’ defense was equally impressive, finishing the game with six turnovers, including five fumble recoveries. Landon Merseth had two fumble recoveries for the Chargers (3-3), who will more than likely have a home playoff game on Tuesday when the Section 2A playoffs begin.

The Chargers went up 7-0 after Sexton’s first score with 8:51 left in the first quarter. MVL added to the lead on its third possession of the game after Luke Thompson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Christian Edwards to make it 14-0.

In the second quarter, the Chargers recovered a Sleepy Eye fumble and Sexton finished that drive with a 10-yard scoring run to make it 21-0 with 8:20 left in the half. Sexton later scored his third touchdown on an 18-yard interception return that gave the Chargers a comfortable 27-0 lead heading into halftime.

The big lead was more than enough for the Chargers, who were able to use some substitions in the second half in the cold weather. The entire fourth quarter was played with running time.

In the second half, the Chargers got a 25-yard run from Luke Thompson to make it 33-0. Alexis Ramirez finished the scoring when he punched one in from 2 yards out to make it 40-0.

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