Minneapolis Lumberjacks score with two seconds left

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The Rochester Giants semi-professional football team suffered their second heartbreaking defeat in the last three weeks Saturday.

The Giants fell 27-26 to the Minneapolis Lumberjackers at Rochester Community and Technical College. The Lumberjacks, according to Giants player-coach Donny Holcomb, are considered to have been the best semi-pro football team in Minnesota and Wisconsin the previous two years.

The Giants, now 2-2 overall, looked like they had them beat late in the game. With just two seconds left in regulation, however, the Lumberjacks completed a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. They followed that by successfully passing for a two-point conversion, giving them a one-point win.

The Giants have now dropped two games by a total of four points. Both losses came in the final minute of the game.


The Giants fell despite intercepting four Lumberjacks passes, including two by Eric Owen and one that went for a touchdown by Joe Gieke.

The Giants bounced back from a 19-8 fourth-quarter deficit to take a 26-19 lead late in the game.

The Giants travel to take on the powerful Racine (Wis.) Raiders next Saturday.

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