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Giants thumped in league title game

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

MINNETONKA — The Rochester Giants were no match for the South Metro Dragons on Sunday in the Northern Power Football League semi-professional championship game.

The Dragons beat the Giants for the second time this season, this time by a decisive 41-17.

The Dragons beat the Giants 33-27 on May 16.

"The Dragons have a great team filled with very athletic players at each position," Giants coach Donny Holcomb said. "On defense for the Giants it was the same story as the first time we faced off with them, with four of their scores coming off of 40-plus-yard plays for jump balls."

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The Giants were never in the game, down 31-7 at intermission.

Rochester tried to get in the game by passing the ball. Quarterback Nick Ferraro put the ball up 46 times, completing 23 of those passes. He finished with 232 yards passing, with 149 of them going to Andre Hernandez. Ferraro threw two touchdown passes, but was also picked off twice.

Holcomb didn’t like the way his team played overall, blaming much of it on a lifeless attitude to begin the game.

"Our guys were dead to begin the game, and I’m not sure why that was," Holcomb said. "To be a championship team, you can’t do that."

The Dragons finish their season Aug. 8, hosting the St. Paul Pioneers at 3 p.m.

DRAGONS 41, GIANTS 17

Giants 0 7 3 7 — 17

Dragons 17 14 10 0 — 41

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