SWU 06-00-00-00 = 06 WWG 08-12-00-00 = 20 Westbrook-Walnut Grove did all its damage in the first half, then turned the game over to its defense Friday night to record a 20-6 victory over Southwestern United at Westbrook.
The Chargers offense was held in check much of the game and SWU's power running game moved the ball effectively between the 20-yard lines. But when the Wildcats threatened to score, the WWG defense stiffened, turning the Wildcats over on downs.
WWG opened the game as beneficiaries of a pair of penalties. A pass interference penalty on third-and-13 kept a drive alive, and a roughing the kicker penalty gave WWG the ball back after a punt. Two plays after the roughing penalty, Dana Madson broke free for a 32-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion gave the Chargers an 8-0 lead.
SWU fumbled the ball away on its first play from scrimmage and WWG marched to have first-and-goal from the six but failed to score.
The Wildcats then marched 94 yards, aided by a roughing the kicker penalty on a punt. Shortly after that, quarterback Matt Soto broke into the clearing and scored on a 41-yard run on the last play of the first quarter. The two-point run failed, leaving the score at 8-6.
The Wildcats next possession was a three-and-out. On the punt, the snap sailed over Soto's head for a 17-yard loss. On the next play, WWG ran a halfback pass with Madson finding Shane Buchman all alone for a 27-yard touchdown and a 14-6 lead.
WWG then intercepted an SWU pass and marched 64 yards in 10 plays, capped with an 8-yard scoring strike from John Elzenga to Aaron Hass.
SWU's offense kept the ball much of the third quarter, putting together a pair of long drives, only to see each stall in Charger territory.
Madson finished the game with 92 yards rushing on 21 carries. Andy Merrick rushed 13 times for 46 yards.
Elzenga completed 8-of-21 passes for 100 yards. Madson had three catches for 42 yards. Tristan Joel recorded a pair of interceptions and Matt Otto had a critical fumble recovery.
RRC 00-12-00-14 = 26 NUC 08-19-07-06 = 40 New Ulm Cathedral senior Adam Schnobrich had Red Rock Central's number Friday afternoon, leading the Greyhounds to a 40-26 win over the Falcons at New Ulm.
Schnobrich did all of his team's damage, scoring all six Cathredral touchdowns in the game.
With a stiff wind behind them in the first quarter, Cathedral played field position and it paid off as Schnobrich scored on a 9-yard run on the final play of the quarter, giving Cathedral an 8-0 lead.
RRC was forced to punt on its next possession but caught a break when Cathedral fumbled the ball inside its own 5, with the Falcons recovering. Moments later, Jeff DeCock scored on a 3-yard run, cutting the deficit to 8-6.
But turnovers would prove to be RRC's downfall in the game. A fumble on its next possession gave Cathedral the ball. On the first play, Schnobrich raced 41 yards to paydirt for a 14-6 lead.
RRC answered on its next play from scrimmage. Quarterback Brady Bierl found DeCock on an out route. DeCock shook off a pair of tackles and outraced the defense for a 67-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 14-12.
But Cathedral scored with 1:42 left on the clock on a 9-yard run by Schnobrich for a 20-12 lead. RRC fumbled on its next play from scrimmage, with Schnobrich scoring with 40 seconds left in the half of a 4-yard run for a 27-12 Cathedral lead.
RRC threw an interception on its first possession of the second half, with Schnobrich scoring on a 1-yard touchdown for a 34-12 lead. But RRC refused to go away. The Falcons marched down to the Cathedral 1, but coughed the ball up and gave it to Cathedral. Cathedral was forced to punt, with RRC scoring moments later on a 13-yard screen pass from Bierl to Mitchell Schroepfer. The two-point pass cut the deficit to 34-20.
RRC forced a Greyhound punt and marched the length of the field, capped with a 34-yard scoring strike over the middle from Bierl to Jesse Rogotzke, cutting the deficit to 34-26.
But the Falcons would come up short on a fourth-down run. Schnobrich added a 9-yard insurance touchdown for the final score.
Mitchell Schroepfer rushed 13 times for 46 yards. Jordan Schroepfer had 13 carries for 45 yards.
Bierl completed 13-of-28 passes for 228 yards. DeCock had seven catches for 130 yards. Rogotzke had seven catches for 73 yards.
EE 08-30-16-00 = 54 MLA 00-00-00-12 = 12 Edgerton-Ellsworth's speed and skill were too much for Mt. Lake Area to overcome Friday. The Dutchmen built a 54-0 lead through the first three quarters and rolled to a 54-12 win at Mt. Lake.
EE's Devin Hulstein did a significant amount of the damage, scoring on first-half runs of 90, 72 and 41 yards.
Blake Jouwstra added a 7-yard touchdown Derek Voge added a touchdown reception and A.J. Ciaburri added two scores.
MLA got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard pass from Carter Kirk to Tyler Friesen. Later in the quarter, Demar Rodney rushed for a 24-yard score.
Kirk led MLA on the ground, carrying 12 times for 38 yards. Rodney added 29 yards on six carries.
Kirk completed 11-of-28 passes for 141 yards and three interceptions. Josiah Stoesz had two catches for 54 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. MLA: at Fulda, Oct. 17 RRC: vs. Melrose (at St. John's University, Collegeville), Oct. 17 WWG: at HBC (Hills), Oct. 17
Windom 00-00-00-07 = 07 RV 07-00-14-07 = 28 The Windom Eagles snapped an 11-quarter scoreless streak but it proved to be too little, too late Friday in a 28-7 loss to Redwood Valley at Redwood Falls.
The Cardinals held a 7-0 lead at halftime and built the lead to 21-0 in the third. Redwood led 28-0 in the late stages of the game when Windom mounted its best drive of the night, capped with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Michael Rivera to Jacob Gotto.
Statistics from the game will be posted when they become available.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: vs. JCC, Oct. 17