“It’s obviously disappointing,” longtime BHS head coach Rick Toward said. “This is my 28th year of saying goodbye to a group of seniors who see their season end by losing the last game of their careers.”
The fifth-seeded Lumberjacks stormed into Sartell and upset fourth-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen 2-0, winning an edge-of-your-seat Section 8-3A Tournament playoff game that wasn’t decided until the final minute.
The Lumberjacks earned the No. 5 seed for the Section 8-3A Tournament on Monday, and they’re matched up against fourth-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen in the first round. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Sartell.
Chet Anderson Stadium was the epicenter of Al Toward’s first career goal with the Lumberjacks. But the shockwaves of this story truly originate over 7,000 miles away -- at an orphanage run by nuns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Zeke Graf scored his first career goal on Monday, turning on a ball and firing a rocket into the back of the net. He sprinted toward the home crowd with a jolt of adrenaline, raised his hands triumphantly and celebrated with a confident and choreographed dance.
Al Toward bagged his first varsity goal in the win, scoring off a feed from Conor Stodgell in the 71st minute. Stodgell added another goal six minutes later, and the two scores proved to be the exclamation point of a goal-filled game.