9/20/2013 11:03:00 PM Big plays bury Eagles Friday
Wolverines batter Wildcats
SWU 00-00-00-00 = 00 MLA 23-40-06-08 = 77 Mt. Lake Area had a short field to work with nearly the entire second half, scoring on five drives of two plays or fewer and one interception return. That led to a 77-0 homecoming night victory over Southwestern United Friday at Mt. Lake.
The Wolverine defense did not allow a first down for the Wildcats in the first half and started seven straight drives in Wildcat territory.
MLA got the scoring started on a 33-yard run by Carter Kirk. After a Wildcat turnover, Kirk scored on a 9-yard run for a quick 16-0 lead.
Late in the first quarter, the Wolverines sustained their longest drive of the night, capped with a 2-yard touchdown run by Demar Rodney for a 23-0 lead after one quarter.
MLA started the second quarter fast. After a Wildcat interception, Kirk hooked up with Levi Kass for a 31-yard touchdown strike. SWU fumbled away the kickoff, with MLA scoring on the ensuing play when Kirk hit Andrew Hempeck for a 16-yard touchdown reception.
Following a short Wildcat punt, Rodney scored on the next play on a 35-yard touchdown run. SWU fumbled a snap on its next play, with MLA scoring one play later on a 19-yard run by Kirk. Following a long punt return by the Wolverines, Kirk capped another one-play drive with a 25-yard touchdown run. Then, on SWU's next series, Hempeck intercepted a pass, returning it 25 yards for a score and a 63-0 lead with over five minutes to go in the first half.
With the clock running the entire second half, the Wolverines tacked on a pair of touchdowns. Chris Boyd scored on a 25-yard run and Logan Johnson scored on a 47-yard run.
Kirk finished the game with 11 carries for 136 yards. He also completed 8-of-14 passes for 162 yards. Demar Rodney added 49 yards rushing on four carries. Hempeck had three catches for 43 yards.
EE 24-16-16-06 = 62 WWG 08-00-00-06 = 14 Westbrook-Walnut Grove started the game strong, but Edgerton-Ellsworth rattled off 62 unanswered points to claim a 62-14 victory Friday in Westbrook.
The Chargers scored on the game's second play, when quarterback Shane Buchman hit receiver Sean McCroskey for a 62-yard touchdown strike. The two-point conversion gave WWG an 8-0 lead.
But EE's powerful ground game churned out seven rushing touchdowns in the game, and a pair of Charger turnovers led directly to points in the first half. EE answered on its first drive of the game with a 9-yard touchdown run by Tyler Kurrasch. Then, WWG fumbled a snap on a punt with EE recovering deep in Charger territory. Jorge Lopez capped the short drive with a 3-yard score.
On WWG's next drive, Lopez sniffed out a screen pass, intercepting the ball and returning it 45 yards for a touchdown and a 24-8 lead.
Kurrasch and Nate Paulsen added touchdown runs to give EE a 40-8 halftime lead. Lopez then broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
WWG's final score came when Buchman caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Tristan Joel.
Mitchell Jarmer led WWG on the ground with 36 yards on seven carries. Matt Otto had eight carries for 32 yards.
Buchman was 3-of-10 passing for 66 yards. Joel was 10-of-19 passing for 99 yards. McCroskey had five catches for 84 yards while Buchman had three catches for 52 yards.
MVL 10-14-06-06 = 36 RRC 00-00-08-08 = 16 Red Rock Central couldn't slow down Minnesota Valley Lutheran's ground game Friday night, leading to a 36-16 homecoming loss to the Chargers at Lamberton.
MVL scored on five touchdown runs and added a safety in the first quarter. The Chargers led 24-0 at halftime and 30-0 early in the third quarter.
The Falcons scored late in the third quarter when freshman quarterback Taylor Bunting, in his first varsity start, hooked up with Jordan Schroepfer for a 13-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion cut the deficit to 30-8.
MVL tacked on a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons closed the scoring out with a 2-yard touchdown run by Schroepfer.
Dillion Benson led RRC with 69 yards rushing on 10 carries. Schroepfer rushed eight times for 35 yards. Bunting completed 11-of-24 passes for 116 yards. Colby Davis had two catches for 51 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. MLA: at WWG (Westbrook), Sept. 27 RRC: vs. Wabasso (at Lamberton), Sept. 27 WWG: vs. MLA (at Westbrook), Sept. 27
Windom 00-07-00-07 = 14 Worthington 07-14-14-07 = 42 Turnovers and big plays combined to doom the Windom Eagles Friday night, as Worthington claimed a 42-14 victory over the Eagles at Worthington.
Windom's first offensive play of the game set the tone for the night. Jesse Guerra intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a 7-0 Trojan lead.
The Trojans had a huge night on the ground from running back Troy Ektnitphong, who rushed for over 230 yards. Ektnitphong scored on a 73-yard run early in the second quarter to give the Trojans a 14-0 lead.
Windom mounted a drive late in the second quarter. On fourth down from the Trojan 35, quarterback Zach Bartosh hooked up with receiver Jacob Gotto for a 35-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 14-7.
But the Trojans answered with a long half-ending drive, capped with a 6-yard touchdown run by Ektnitphong. Trojan quarterback Will Dudley added a pair of scoring runs in the third quarter for a 35-7 lead.
Windom's final points came early in the fourth when August Nielsen smashed into the end zone from four yards out. But Ektnitphong answered with an 80-yard touchdown on the Trojans' next play, capping the scoring.
Ryley Espenson led the Eagles on the ground with 89 yards rushing on 22 carries. Bartosh completed 12-of-27 passes for 129 yards. Gotto had five catches for 79 yards.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: vs. Redwood Valley, Sept. 27