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Published November 25, 2011, 02:53 PM

Heard tosses 5 TDs in Edgerton-Ellsworth 9-man win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Isaac Heard picked a good day to set some state passing records.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Isaac Heard picked a good day to set some state passing records.

With Edgerton-Ellsworth's running game shut down, Heard threw five touchdowns and set a Prep Bowl record with 368 yards passing to lead the undefeated Flying Dutchman to a 36-28 win over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross in the Minnesota nine-man title game Friday.

Heard's 368 yards passing eclipsed the old mark of 344 set by Waterville-Elysian-Morristown's Cory Hackett in 1999.

Heard, a junior, threw two touchdowns apiece to Blake Jouwstra and Devin Hulstein. Hulstein also set a Prep Bowl record with 198 yards receiving for the Flying Dutchmen (14-0). The previous record was 171 yards, set in 1994 by Judge Gisslen of Triton-Dodge Center.

"Life's pretty easy when you've got guys running their routes all day and blocking for you all day," Heard said. "It's fun to have the record, but it's even better to have the championship."

The Flying Dutchmen needed every single one of those yards to hold off the Warriors, who held Edgerton-Ellsworth to 22 yards rushing.

"I would've liked more balance, but it was still pretty good," Dutchmen head coach Andrew Fleischman said with a grin.

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, on the other hand, had 396 yards rushing but managed only 74 through the air.

Quarterback Tyler Schwagel led the Warriors (12-2) with 117 yards rushing before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter with a separated shoulder. The senior quarterback guided his team to the Edgerton-Ellsworth 41 before getting hurt on a rushing attempt. Michael Persing replaced Schwagel at quarterback, but the Warriors turned the ball over on downs, allowing the Dutchmen to run down the clock.

Wolfgang Brink had two rushing touchdowns for the Warriors, and Schwagel and Gregg Cronen each also ran for a score. The Warriors easily provided the toughest test the Flying Dutchmen faced all season. Edgerton-Ellsworth entered the game averaging 54.7 points per game while holding opponents to 16.2.

"It was fun to finally play a close game," Heard said. "It was our first time being down all year, and I was glad we could prove we could handle adversity, we could do whatever it takes to get the job done."

The Dutchmen marched 73 yards on their opening possession to take a 8-0 lead, but fell behind 14-8 on Schwagel's 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Then, in the third quarter, Cronen had a 42-yard touchdown run to put the Warriors up 22-14.

Brink's second rushing touchdown of the day tied the game at 22, but Jouwstra made a bobbling catch in the end zone for a 17-yard score on the ensuing possession to put the Dutchmen ahead for good.

"First thing I said was, 'Hey guys, the sun's coming up tomorrow, you just keep your heads high,'" Warriors coach Tony Thiel said.