Round 2: Aquin vs Stockton
For all the success that these two conference rivals have had throughout the years, they were only meeting up for the 4th time in the playoffs. Ironically, all those match-ups have come in the 2nd round, and Aquin has won them all. After meeting in week 2, where Aquin won 40-22 convincingly, there was something about this game that had the feeling it was going to be a good one.
The Blackhawks would strike first with 6:02 to play in the 1st quarter as Jason Hermann would rush it in from 3 yards out to give Stockton the early 6-0 lead.
Aquin would respond later in the quarter, as Will Gustafson connected with Brennan Carlson for a 10 yard touchdown pass. The Evan Broge PAT was good as Aquin took a 7-6 lead they would take into the 2nd quarter.
Gustafson would tack on a 9 yard touchdown run with 3:53 to go in the half, as the Broge PAT gave Aquin a 14-6 lead. Stockton would promptly respond, as Hermann would break loose for a 34 yard touchdown run with 3:12 left in the half to close the gap to 14-12 in favor of Aquin.
With 32 seconds left in the half, Stockton's Andrew Hass would connect on a halfback pass to Austin Chumbler for the score, as the Blackhawks grabbed an 18-14 lead headed to the half.
With 7:39 to go in the 3rd quarter, Aquin would take the lead for good, as Gustafson would run to the endzone from 15 yards out. The Broge kick would give Aquin the 21-18 lead, which would hold heading to the 4th quarter.
The final dagger came right at the start of the 4th quarter, as just 11 seconds in Gustafson connected with Carlson for a 44 yard touchdown. Broge's PAT kick was no good, but Aquin extended their lead to 27-18, which would become the final.
Aquin improves to 4-0 over the Blackhawks in the playoffs in the series. With the win, Aquin improves to 11-0 and will hit the road again as they travel to Lena-Winslow (11-0) for a quarterfinal match-up for the 2nd time in 3 seasons.
Stockton ends their season with a 7-4 mark.