Kyle Nosbisch keeps his footing to pick up some extra yards for the Gophers vs. Caledonia.
Kyle Nosbisch keeps his footing to pick up some extra yards for the Gophers vs. Caledonia. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

It was a .500 season for the Chatfield football team as the Gophers finished the regular season with a loss to Caledonia in the section playoffs, ending at 4-4 and 1-1 in the playoffs for a final season record of 5-5. 

In the section playoffs, Chatfield beat St. Charles 27-14 Tuesday, Oct. 24, to open the tournament and advance to the next round against Caledonia. The Gophers were 1-3 against other Section 1AA teams during the regular season.

The Gophers led 20-6 at halftime against the Saints. Scoring for Chatfield in the first half were Jacob Gillespie (4-yard run) and Kyle Nosbisch (34-yard run, 6-yard run).  Nathaniel Fox kicked two of three extra-points.

In the second half, Chatfield only had one score, a 26-yard run by Carson Larrabee.  Fox was good on the PAT.

Unofficial running stats for Chatfield: Nosbisch, seven carries for 73 yards; Gage Tuohy, 21 carries for 87 yards; and Larrabee, three carries for 37 yards. 


In the semifinals of the Section 1AA tournament, Caledonia downed Chatfield 33-14 Saturday at Caledonia.

The Gophers gave up 26 points to Caledonia before they got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.  Quarterback Jacob Gillespie and wide-receiver Chance Backer hooked-up for a 63-yard strike at the 7:06 mark in the last stanza.  The final score for Chatfield and the final tally in the game was an 80-yard kickoff return by Ben Ihrke, with 3:53 to go in the game. 

Nathaniel Fox kicked both extra points for the Gophers.

Kyle Nosbisch averaged 3.5 yards per carry in the game, hitting the ground for 67 yards on 19 carries.  Carson Larrabee averaged 4.1 yards/carry, with 33 yards in eight carries. 

Defensive highlights included a pass interception by Seth Allen, a fumble recovery by Zach Roline and a blocked extra-point by Larrabee.

Caledonia will meet Triton in the Section finals on Friday, 8 p.m., at RCTC. 

Individual stats

Rushing: Kyle Nosbisch, 19 carries/67 yards; Carson Larrabee 8/33, Jacob Gillespie, 3/-5. 

Passing: Gillespie, 1 completion in 10 attempts, 63 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT; Ben Ihrke, 0/1. 

Receiving: Chance Backer, 1 catch, 63 yards, 1 TD.

Defensive stats: Seth Allen, one interception; Zach Roline, 1 fumble recovery; one blocked extra point kick by Larrabee.

Special teams: Nathaniel Fox, 2/2, PATs. Punting: Lincoln Salisbury, 5, 33.4 yards/kick.  Punt return: Ben Brogan 1, fumble.  Kickoffs: Salisbury, 3, 34.0/kick.  Kickoff returns; Ihrke, 3, 35.0/return, one for 80 yard touchdown; Salisbury, 2, 15.5 yds/return.

Team stats

                           Caledonia                Chatfield

First downs           18                         4

Rushing                39 carries, 191 yds    30 carries, 95 yds

                           2 TD’s, 1 fum. Lost 0 TD’s, 0 fum. lost

Passing                 21/39, 277 yds         1/11, 63 yds

                           3 TD’s, 1 INT         1 TD, 2 INT

Total offense          78 plays, 468 yds     41 plays, 158 yds

                           5 TDs, 2 turnovers   1 TD, 2 turnovers

Other scoring         none                      1 kickoff return

                           3/5 PATs                2/2 PATs

Penalties               5, 45 yds                7, 65 yds