Spirit Lake beats Mediapolis 17-15 for 2A title


November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Paul Brown ran for one touchdown and passed for another and Spirit Lake survived five turnovers to beat Mediapolis 17-15 on Friday and win the Class 2A state championship. Brown’s 3-yard TD run gave the Indians (13-1) a 17-7 lead late in the third quarter and they held on against a Mediapolis team playing without star quarterback Jesse Ertz, a Kansas State recruit who was sidelined by a knee injury. Trailing 17-13, Mediapolis (13-1) got the ball on Blake Beckman’s fumble recovery at the Spirit Lake 36 with 2:14 remaining. But Drew Foster, who filled in for Ertz, was intercepted by Tyler Peterson on the next play and Spirit Lake ran out the clock, taking a safety as time expired in Cedar Falls.