Esko, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Ely football team kept Kelliher-Northome off the board in the second half en route to clinching their second straight section title 32-22 on Friday night at Les Knuti Field in Esko.
The Timberwolves used an 85-yard interception return by Louis Gerzin to put them ahead 12-8 in the second quarter. The Mustangs answered with their own interception returned for a touchdown.
With the first half winding down, Sean Jordan hit Mark Heiman for a 25-yard touchdown that put Ely ahead for good.
The Timberwolves capped off an undefeated regular season and handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season.
Ely will face Floodwood in the state quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Public Schools Stadium.